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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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Fort Worth ISD school bus
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By an 8 to 1 vote Thursday, the Fort Worth school board approved a later start to the upcoming school year. Classes will now begin Sept. 8, three weeks later than planned.

Fort Worth ISD employee Yolanda Cintron assists with a deep cleaning at the Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
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Just as school districts across North Texas got a handle on scheduling the start of the school year, things changed. Again. 

Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus
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The Fort Worth Police Chief, Ed Kraus, announced in an email sent to officers and employees on Monday that he will retire by the end of the year. 

Science teachers Ann Darby, left, and Rosa Herrera check in students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School on July 14.
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The rise of COVID-19 cases in Texas led the state's education commissioner to allow school districts to keep classes online through their first eight weeks, if they choose — a big chunk of the school year. 


During Tuesday’s primary runoff, voters renewed a long-standing sales tax that will help pay for extra police protection in Fort Worth.

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The national charter school group, KIPP Academy, plans to soon open a public school on the campus of Paul Quinn College in southern Dallas. But a group of Dallas education officials in front of the campus Tuesday said the area has too many charters already.

The statue of Lawrence Sullivan "Sully" Ross has been standing at Texas A&M University for 102 years.
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Protesters continue to push for the removal of Confederate monuments across Texas. But it's not just statues that are stamped with that chapter of history. Texas counties — and even a state university — bear Confederate names.

Fort Worth ISD staff conducting a town hall meeting on Zoom.
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Because of COVID-19, the entire world of teaching moved from the classroom to the computer, usually at home — and that hasn’t always worked out so well.

Fort Worth ISD discussed solutions to the challenges of virtual learning at a Zoom town hall meeting recently.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia came to Texas Tuesday. He said it’s important Americans get back to work as businesses are slowly re-opening amid the COVID-19 shutdown. He visited the Grand Prairie furniture maker American Leather.

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The Fort Worth Independent School District will start classes this fall as scheduled on Aug. 17. But in this era of COVID-19, families will have two choices: learn in class or from home.  

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Dallas County Commissioners have unanimously passed several resolutions directly targeting bias and racism.

Commissioner John Wiley Price’s resolution declares racism a public health crisis.

Senator John Cornyn listened for more than an hour to law enforcement, faith, community and civil rights leaders discuss police reform.
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At a discussion in Dallas on police reform, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said it's important for police departments to be transparent and be held accountable, while working to build trust with communities.

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As calls for defunding of police departments ring across the country, social-justice advocates say it should happen in schools, too. But in Dallas, the superintendent and some trustees say they don't want it to happen.

Bryan Jackson and Evelyn Costolo, with Incarnation House, load the truck with bags of food destined for students using the facility before and after school, when classes are in session. After COVID-19, Incarnation House never really closed for the summer.
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The closure of schools to COVID-19 hit homeless kids especially hard, even as districts continued food distribution in various ways. With school out for the summer, their brains are hungry too. KERA’s Bill Zeeble checked in with some homeless students, and an organization that's trying to help.

Hundreds participated in a silent protest at Dallas City Hall Thursday.
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Hundreds of protesters showed up Thursday morning in front of Dallas City Hall to remember George Floyd and protest his death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. 

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A weekend of protests over the death of George Floyd led to vandalism, arrests and a curfew in Dallas. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a disaster for Texas and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson declared the same for the city. 

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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.

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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.