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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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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
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

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.

Donna McWilliam / Associated Press

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
Tony Gutierrez / The Associated Press

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
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

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.

Courtesy UT Arlington

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.

LM Otero / Associated Press

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
LM Otero / Associated Press

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.

Newsroom staff

Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour who began his public television career at KERA, has died. He was 85.

Courtesy Justin Terveen

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson released the Task Force on Safe Communities report Thursday. The report recommends ways to reduce violent crime in the city.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Dallas Police Department released its Violent Crime Reduction Plan Thursday after Mayor Eric Johnson insisted on it. The plan aims to reduce murders and assaults across the most violent parts of Dallas, and targets business crimes — but the mayor wants more. 

The police plan calls for reductions of violent crime and robberies by 10% in certain parts of the city and an overall violent crime reduction rate of 5%.

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The Dallas Stars won their first-ever Winter Classic Wednesday. The National Hockey League’s annual outdoor New Year's Day game was played in the Cotton Bowl. 

Reunion Tower fireworks

For the first time in years, Dallas will hold a free downtown New Year’s Eve party. The Party on the Plaza, happening outside Dallas City Hall, promises two bands, over 20 food trucks and a big fireworks show. 

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For the first time in National Hockey League history, its biggest annual outdoor game will be in Dallas. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators will be played in the Cotton Bowl at 12:30 p.m. 

Max Glauben
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Dallas Morning News has named 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Max Glauben as its Texan of the Year, for being a source of hope and inspiration for his message of tolerance, fairness and forgiveness. 

Al Meredith, retired pastor of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, in 2009
Associated Press

Texas is all too familiar with grief after a church shooting. Sunday's gunfire in suburban Fort Worth came two years after the deadliest church shooting in modern history, when 26 people died in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This weekend also revived memories of a shooting two decades ago at a Fort Worth church just 10 miles away.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church school assembly room filled with gift bags
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Every December, thousands of people buy toys, clothes and stocking-stuffers so families in need can have a happy holiday. But what happens when those donors forget items or buy the wrong size?


Long-time Dallas public relations executive and political consultant Carol Reed died Thursday of cancer. Reed managed victorious mayoral races and influential, city-wide campaigns for more than 30 years. 

The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program.
LM Otero / Associated Press

The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program. The National Institute for Early Education Reseach studied 40 different big city pre-K programs across the country to issue the ratings.

Chef Rudy Vasquez
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It's an ordinary fall day at the University of North Texas and Chef Rudy Vasquez is busy deep-frying one of today’s lunch specials, chicken fingers. Only, there’s no wheat on the flour-dredged meat.


The future of a major Dallas interstate is up for discussion starting today.

The state is seeking public opinion on the future of Interstate Highway 345, the overhead freeway bridge in Deep Ellum. The interstate connects to major highways, including east-and westbound I-30 and north- and southbound I-35, U.S.75 and I-45. 


A free legal clinic for retired U.S. military veterans with service disabilities opens Thursday afternoon in Dallas.

It will be the 50th free clinic offered by Metroplex Veterans Legal Services. The nonprofit launched six years ago to help veterans get services they need and are entitled, but often don’t know about, says attorney and founder Joan Gillham.