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Christy Robinson / KERA

Digital Coordinator

Christy Robinson works with the KERA's Digital team managing the station's websites and platforms, focusing on content. She also assists the newsroom with writing, editing and transforming radio series into stories for digital audiences. She previously worked at The Dallas Morning News and Cowboys & Indians magazine in audience engagement and web direction.

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Lillian Ayro, a pastor in Waxahachie, Texas, spoke in front of the Ellis County Courthouse during a protest there on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

With their courthouse squares, Friday night lights and backing the blue, small Texas towns aren't known as hotbeds of protest. But in the last few days, small cities have been joining in with big cities across the state to demonstrate in support of the Black Live Matter cause.

If you’re looking for suggestions for page-turners to read by the fire — or you’d simply like to learn a little more about some of the people who get the news on the radio and web every day — please enjoy these 5 book recommendations from KERA journalists. 

After a white Fort Worth police officer fatally shot a black woman through the window of her home, North Texans wanted information and answers. 

Gwin and Ryan Huey eat corny dogs in front of Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas before the annual Red River Showdown college football game between Texas and Oklahoma. Almost 80 years after the corny dog's debut, the snack is a traditional Fair snack.
Associated Press

Foods we consider familiar today were once considered novel at the time of their State Fair of Texas debuts — long before the era of Fried Coke, the Texas Twang-Kie and Big Red Chicken Bread.

Scott Griggs and Eric Johnson go head-to-head for the Dallas mayor's seat beginning with early voting on Tuesday, May 28.
Candidate Facebook pages / Christy Robinson, KERA / Shutterstock

Dallas voters will cast final ballots for their next mayor on June 8, after whittling down the original field of nine candidates to two. Early voting ended June 4, with more than 50,000 ballots cast.

A red neon Pegasus was placed on top of the Magnolia Oil building, now the Magnolia Hotel, in 1934. Photo date unknown.
City of Dallas Historic Preservation

When Mark Doty ran across a collection of 35mm slides that had been sitting in city of Dallas storage for decades, he had no idea if the scans would turn up anything interesting.

They most definitely did — including old construction photos of City Hall, the iconic building designed by architect I.M. Pei, who died this past week.

This Dec. 12, 2013, photo shows a composite of three different windows designed for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary MacGorman Chapel in Fort Worth. Former Texas judge Paul Pressler is second from right.
Paul Moseley / Courtesy Fort Worth Star-Telegram via AP

Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from the MacGorman Chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

Big Bird, Elmo and stars of Sesame Street are leaving their quiet neighborhood and hitting the road.
Associated Press

Edit 6/19/19: Tickets are no longer available to the Sesame Street Road Trip event in Dallas on July 6. View more information here.

Orlin Wagner / Associated Press

Update, April 18: The threat of large hail Wednesday emptied North Texas highways during rush hour and cancelled flights and classes, but most of the region was spared.

 L to R: Lt. Henry A. Potter; pilot Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle; Staff Sgt. Fred A. Braemer; Cole; and Staff Sgt. Paul J. Leonard. Co-pilot Lt. Richard E. Cole, second from right, was the last of the 80 airmen from the daring raid after Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Air Force

Hundreds of Air Force airmen will line the main entrance of the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph to salute while family of Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole — the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders — arrives for his memorial service.

Timothy Sinon-Allas voted in the 2016 elections in Dallas. Before voting in the May 4, 2019, municipal election, register to vote by April 4, 2019.
Associated Press

With so much focus lasered on the 2020 presidential election, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the statewide municipal elections in May. But there's still time.

The Dallas Zoo's 13-year-old critically endangered western lowland gorilla Megan delivered her infant in the early morning of March 7. This is Megan's first baby, and zoo official say both are doing great.
Dallas Zoo

Nine-month-old Saambili now has a playmate and half-sibling at the Dallas Zoo — a healthy baby born quietly in the early hours of March 7.

The winning entry, designed by Katie Sauceda of Keller
State Fair of Texas

Katie Sauceda of Keller roped lots of classic Texas icons into her entry for the 2019 Big Tex Boot Design Contest. But she incorporated a couple of unexpected goodies into her artwork, too.

New York, 2014. Today, New York City is a good 10 degrees warmer than North Texas.
Associated Press

If you opened the door Monday morning and thought about turning right around, putting on a parka and crawling back under the covers, you weren't alone.

Biking to work in the city

Looking for a city that makes it easy to stay fit? A new study shows Garland, Arlington and Irving in the back of the nationwide pack.

But need a job? Plano, Irving and Dallas are among the brightest spots in the country.

The KERA News stories that connected the most with readers this year vary wildly in topic. But one stood out from the rest: education. 

Ask a reporter "what book shaped your life?" and you're likely to hear about more than one.

That was the case with four of our radio journalists — Sam Baker, Stella Chavez, Rachel Osier Lindley and Jerome Weeks — who recently got a chance to chat about exactly that.

A group of Boy Scouts check another scout's merit badges prior to a ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Associated Press

The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a Wall Street Journal report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.

MRI of a brain with Alzheimer's disease

A radical new vaccine that reduces the two proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease should give the public hope, says the founding director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Associated Press

After northerly winds gave an extra chill to the cold that gripped North Texas on Tuesday, the region is in for quite a weather grab-bag the rest of the week: an alternating mix of freezing temperatures, sweet sunshine and drizzly rain.

Dallas Zoo

When she was born on June 25, her mother, Hope, held her so tightly that zookeepers weren't able to determine her gender at first.

National Weather Service Fort Worth

Thursday was a record-breaking kind of hot in North Texas: Dallas reached 108, beating the 93-year-old record for the date and making it the hottest day so far of 2018. Wichita Falls hit a searing 111.


Monday is Memorial Day — a day to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. It's also a time to reflect on the sacrifices that service members and their families have made.

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Texas continues to be a people magnet. The state dominated a list recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau of the country’s fastest-growing large cities.

First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1912,  Frank Hurley
Wikimedia Commons

In North Texas, highs are expected to reach into the lower 50s on Friday. Pretty doable for a winter day, right? But in true Texas fashion, highs will take a nosedive, tumbling into the upper 20s over the next three days. And conditions are going to vary wildly.

If you're the type who dreams of being surrounded by piles and piles of books, you would love the Think Tank, the corner of the KERA building where the Think crew prepares each show.


Kevin Simmons is an economist with an unusual specialty: disasters.

The professor at Austin College in Sherman says cities, states and nations can prepare for disasters like hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.

Courtney Collins / KERA

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The New York Times' take on Dale Hansen's 'folksy' viral commentaries; a 'Mean Green' controversy; a vodka made from black eyed peas; and more.

Max Goldberg / Wikimedia Commons

University of North Texas Neal Smatresk has expressed his opposition to Donald Trump Jr.'s upcoming appearance that's part of the school's speaker series.