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Bill Zeeble


Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues. He’s won numerous awards over the years, with top honors from the Dallas Press Club, Texas Medical Association, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, the American Diabetes Association and a national health reporting grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Zeeble was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and grew up in the nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ, where he became an accomplished timpanist and drummer. Heading to college near Chicago on a scholarship, he fell in love with public radio, working at the college classical/NPR station, and he has pursued public radio ever since.

His first real radio gig was with a classical station in Corpus Christi, where the new Texan was dubbed “Billy Ted”; he was also a manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans. Several stories he covered on television for KERA 13 helped homeowners avoid losing their homes. Zeeble remains dedicated to radio, however, and spends time working with NPR to teach students how to do radio journalism. His radio pieces have aired on nearly every national news show carried on KERA, from NPR and American Public Media to the BBC. He and his wife have 2 dogs and 2 cats, adopted and rescued. His home desk is messy with vintage fountain pens and parts to aid his passion to make them work again.

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Leaders of the state’s two largest school districts worry their students are falling behind during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dallas and Houston superintendents shared their efforts Thursday to ensure their kids keep learning.

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Maintaining its years-long streak, Plano again topped Dallas-Fort Worth area parks in the Trust For Public Land’s 2020 ParkScore index. Arlington reported the most progress this year among area cities, climbing to 59th from last year’s ranking of 68th.

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A small group of Conrad High School seniors in Dallas recently celebrated one of the first in-person graduations in the country. It almost didn’t happen because of COVID-19. 

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Hardly any of the nearly 9,000 Dallas school district students graduating this month will celebrate as they expected. The planned pomp and circumstance has been sacrificed to COVID-19, which is forcing graduation to go online. 

Dallas City Hall
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The city of Dallas will furlough 472 workers starting next week because of a pandemic-spurred budget crunch — and by far the biggest impact will be on the parks, libraries and cultural departments. The Office of Arts and Culture alone will lose more than half its 60 employees.

Mountain View College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, in southwest Dallas.
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The Dallas County Community College District will run classes almost completely online this fall. The seven-school system extended virtual education because of COVID-19.

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said this year’s graduation will be online. He called it his toughest decision of the year — but now he’s taking on an even larger issue.


Rosemary Gonzalez
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A small factory 100 miles north of Dallas called Nokona, named after the city where it sits, has a long history. It's made top quality, leather baseball gloves for 86 years and prides itself as the last remaining glovemaker in the United States.

The coronavirus, however, is a game changer.


The Dallas Independent School District will hold its first-ever virtual job fair this Thursday, April 30. Those interested must register first. They can also apply online.

Mark Harrington on a computer screen during his Zoom class
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By now, most North Texas students have been learning from home for a month — some even longer. Nearly two dozen 11th graders log-in to Mark Harrington’s AP history class each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They mostly have the routine down — mostly.  


A new research study out today on pre-K education says Texas could be doing better than enrolling just half of its 4-year-olds.

Texas Capitol

As COVID-19 restaurant closures in Texas stretch into another week, the state’s restaurant operators are taking their reopening strategy to state leaders.

John Wiley Price
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Dallas County's longest-sitting commissioner and its only African American, John Wiley Price, didn't take well to recent county-wide closures of pawn shops, check-cashing businesses and barber shops due to COVID-19. 

Passover, one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, it begins Wednesday night. This year, though, things are different, because of COVID-19.

Cots are staged for setup as Texas Army National Guardsmen set up a field hospital in response to the new coronavirus crisis at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on March 31, 2020, in Dallas.
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COVID-19 cases across North Texas are on the rise, and hospitals are shifting gears to be ready. What does that look like, and will it be enough?

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To slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, nations around the world have eliminated or severely restricted travel. In addition, airlines have drastically cut local and global flights. Still, some people are flying. Why?

Fort Worth ISD school bus
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Across North Texas, online learning has begun full-time — ready or not — now that spring break’s over. 

Courtesy Bruce Toplek

Retired Dallas accountant Bruce Toplek had only good thoughts when he booked a trip overseas months ago.

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The Fort Worth school district is now providing meals at Como Montessori School and Polytechnic High School in addition to the eight original school locations. [Update: By March 23, Fort Worth will have 17 "meals-to-go" sites set up to feed families.]

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Schools have closed across North Texas, but that doesn’t mean kids who depend on school meals are going hungry. Some closed campuses are still providing meals, delivering them to students or having families pick them up.

2016 Dallas Homeless Camp
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The homeless population, including the thousands in Dallas, are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Organizations serving them are seeking new and safer ways help.

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These days, people responding to the coronavirus outbreak are talking not just about cleaning, but deep cleaning. 

some of the edible cars on plates
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For more than 20 years, Texas Woman’s University  has hosted a build-your-own car contest for kids in grades six through 12. It’s kind of like the Boy Scouts’ Derby Pinewood, only for these cars, think baked good. 

Fort Worth ISD bus
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The Fort Worth Independent School District is recovering from a ransomware attack last week. The district hopes everything will be back to normal by next Monday, when students and teachers return from spring break — but that may not be the case.

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The president of the University of Texas at Arlington is stepping down effective Aug. 31. Vistasp Karbhari made the announcement as he faces a lawsuit from a former colleague for bullying and is a top candidate to lead a university in Florida.

In addition, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that the University of Texas System investigated online education recruiting and enrollment practices at the Arlington campus last year.

Candace Valenzuela
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In the wake of longtime U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant’s retirement, seven Democrats and five Republicans ran for the 24th Congressional District.

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With Super Tuesday right around the corner, in the North Texas 24th Congressional District five Republicans hope to replace Kenny Marchant, the longtime Representative who’s retiring. They include 4 first-timers and one seasoned office-holder. 

Statue outside Boys Scouts of America headquarters
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Now that the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America has declared bankruptcy following sexual abuse lawsuits, victims are waiting for what happens next.  

Jason Halley / California State University, Chico

A national survey out Wednesday shows that 4 out of 10 college students experienced food insecurity in the past month while about half of them are dealing with housing challenges. Some – 17% – are actually homeless.


Longtime Fort Worth philanthropist Anne Marion has died.