Shelley Kofler

Managing Editor/Senior Reporter

Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Shelley also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects including nationally broadcast programs. She has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. She also founded and operated her own communications firm, Kofler Communications, in Dallas and Austin. She served as a communications strategist and media trainer for various companies, agencies and public officials.

Shelley and the KERA news team have received numerous journalism awards for their public radio and television work. In addition to all-staff honors she has been individually singled out with a first place Edward R. Murrow award for a series of reports on the Trinity toll road decision; first place honors for political reporting from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Houston Press Club’s Lone Star competition; a first place award for covering water issues and the battle over building the Marvin Nichols dam; and a first place Lone Star award for hosting a call-in show about employment entitled, “Getting Back to Work.”

As news director, Shelley organized and participated in KERA’s coverage of the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race. She moderated the statewide-televised primary debate among Republicans: Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and candidate Debra Medina. The debate aired in every TV and radio market in Texas.

Shelley joined the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board in 2011. She’s a native “Hoosier” from Indiana but has lived in Texas for more than two decades. She’s happiest when she can slip on her hiking boots and explore a new trail.

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Politics
8:06 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Hispanic Voters Also Oppose Illegal Immigration, Dan Patrick Tells GOP Delegates

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, addressed convention delegates Saturday.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Texas Republicans have abandoned a guest-worker program and taken a harder position on illegal immigration in their party platform.

The platform adopted Saturday also borrows from some positions State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, has listed on his website.

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7:18 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Texas Republicans Support Counseling To Convert Gays To Heterosexuality

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In their new state platform, Texas Republicans suggest reparative therapy" for patrients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexuality." The platform also says "homosexuality is a chosen behavior," something most gays and lesbians reject. Gay Republicans say they had convinced many party delegates to back their efforts to remove offensive comments from the platform, but convention rules prevented the delegates from addessing the audience.
(CNN) -- Texas Republicans have adopted a party platform that includes support for voluntary psychological "therapy" targeted at converting homosexuals to heterosexuals. Almost 10,000 convened in Fort Worth at the annual Republican State Convention to vote on a platform ahead of the 2016 race for the White House.
Politics
6:11 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Texas Republicans Toughen Stance On Undocumented Immigrants

Republican Jack Finger from San Antonio was among convention delegates who opposed a guest-worker program.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Texas Republicans have taken a tougher stand against undocumented immigrants already living in the state by dropping support for a guest-worker program from their party platform.  

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Politics
8:54 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Texas Republicans Pick Cruz Over Perry For President In Straw Poll

Sen. Ted Cruz rallies conservatives during a speech Friday at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz clobbered 13 other potential presidential candidates in a straw poll decided by delegates at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth. Cruz captured 43 percent of the vote. 

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Politics
8:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Texas GOP Expects Hot Debate Before Voting On Party Platform Saturday

More than 5,000 delegates are attending the Texas Republican Party Convention in Fort Worth.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

In meeting rooms and hallways at the Texas Republican Party Convention, delegates Friday hotly argued over whether a guest worker program should remain in their party platform. Gay Republicans fought to eliminate a plank that suggested reparative therapy be available for those who want to escape their gay "lifestyle."

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Politics
8:33 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Greg Abbott, Offering Harsh Critique Of Wendy Davis, Says He's Ready To Battle For Governor

Greg Abbott addressed Texas GOP delegates Friday in Fort Worth.
Ron T. Ennis Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On stage at the Texas Republican Convention Friday in Fort Worth, the spotlight was on Greg Abbott, who left little doubt his campaign for governor against Democrat Wendy Davis will be a slug fest.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Pictures: Party Faithful Gather In Fort Worth For Texas GOP Convention

An attendee showed off his Republican pride.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The Texas Republican Convention continues in Fort Worth through Saturday. Click on the slideshow to see pictures.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

At Texas GOP Convention, Rick Perry Leaves Door Open To 2016 Presidential Run

Gov. Rick Perry was the first of three likely presidential candidates to address state GOP convention delegates.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Gov. Rick Perry was the first of three likely presidential candidates to address Texas Republican delegates who opened their state convention in Fort Worth on Thursday.

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Politics
10:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Texas Republican Chairman Says Tea Party Doesn’t Dominate State GOP

Steve Munisteri is the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, which is holding its 2014 convention in Fort Worth.
Credit Republican Party of Texas

As 11,000 Texas Republicans gather in Fort Worth for their state party convention, KERA’s Shelley Kofler sat down with Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri for a wide-ranging conversation.

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Government
8:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Gun Activists Displaying Firearms Restricted To Area Outside Texas GOP Convention

Open carry gun activists will gather outside the Fort Worth Convention Center when the Texas Republican Convention begins Thursday.
Rodger Mallison Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Some 11,000 Republicans headed to their state convention in Fort Worth on Thursday will be greeted by armed protesters as they enter the convention center.

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