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Lyndsay Knecht

Associate Producer

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think. 

She came to KERA 90.1 with an interest in telling stories about how the arts can influence social change and community development. She wrote for outlets like the Dallas Observer and before landing at UNT's Center for Economic Development and Research.

While Lyndsay headed up content and publicity departments as Director of Development for 35 Denton, the four-day music festival won the 2011 award for Best Promotional Event from the Texas Downtown Association. 

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Local news from the KERA Newsroom: When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes in January, the hallways will be packed with new leaders - and their agendas are diverse. Doualy Xaykaothao has a preview from a lunch in Fort Worth. And Courtney Collins acquaints us with the women of Roller Derby World Cup, on this week at the Dallas Convention Center. 


Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Collette Flanagan from Mothers Against Police Brutality is going with eight other mothers whose unarmed sons were killed by police to testify before Congress next week; Texas moves forward today on a project to improve mental health services for veterans; a new documentary chronicles the career of former Dallas Maverick Steve Nash. 


This morning's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: As he runs for a second termDallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is sticking to some controversial positions - like his pro-home rule stance. And we hear about NEA grants netted by arts groups in North Texas and plans for the Dallas ArtPrize festival.


This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Three Republican Representatives from Denton County met with voters yesterday at Texas Woman's University. Dianna Douglas tallied their priorities for the new session that begins next month.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: One-time Justice of the Peace Eric Williams faces the death penalty for killing Kaufman County’s District Attorney, his wife, and an assistant D.A. last year. Bill Zeeble previews the trial. And Dianna Douglas looked over the shoulders of some teens on their smartphones to find a pretty stark reversal of social media habits from 5 years ago.

Doualy Xaykaothao

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Doualy Xaykaothao reports on “Past Forward,"  a collection of works by contemporary artists from the United Arab Emirates. And vice president of news Rick Holter empties the media’s trove of military and conflict clichés with the standards and practices editor for NPR, Mark Memmott.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A crowd gathered at Dallas Police Headquarters last night and marched under the old bridge at Dealey Plaza and towards I-35 to block the highway. They were demonstrating against the Ferguson decision - and police practices in Dallas. Also, Lauren Silverman looks at the trend of hiring chaplains at corporate companies. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: DFW Airport predicts this will be the busiest holiday season in its 40-year history. Lauren Silverman helps us out with some workarounds online. And Stella Chavez introduces us to a Plano high school student from Guatemala as part of our 'Generation One' series. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Pablo Arauz Peña started digging through an energy study from the Pew Charitable Trusts and ended up on a rooftop in downtown Dallas. And Sharon Cox, a dietitian with Parkland Hospital System, offers tips on keeping blood sugar down during Thanksgiving dinner. One: Go easy on the mashed potatoes.

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There’s a show tomorrow night in Denton featuring five bands no one’s ever heard of. It’s not another indie band showcase, however. It’s Rock Lottery, an annual event that shuffles together local musicians to form new groups.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: What we’ve learned about domestic violence and gay rights from sports headlines, in this week's Friday Conversation with NPR's Tom Goldman. The Dallas Museum of Art announces its latest acquisition. And Bill Zeeble explains why an express line from Dallas to Fort Worth isn't getting the same traction as the bullet train from Dallas to Houston.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Our Big Screen team talks to the guys behind the Found Footage Festival about mining shelves of VHS tape for comedy gold. One early indicator of a solid clip: anytime somebody's rapping who looks like they shouldn't be. And Doualy Xaykaothao knocks on the door of the StoryCorps mobile booth in the Dallas Arts District.

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This morning's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: The second chapter of our American Graduate series Generation One takes Stella Chavez to the suburbs, to look at how immigration is transforming the Grapevine-Colleyville school district. And Doualy Xaykaothao checks in on the Dallas Safari Club's black-rhino hunt, which could get blocked by federal officials. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: At a conference for Hispanic teens, Bill Zeeble talks with a pair of students from McAllen about stereotypes of South Texas and cultural pride. And in this week's "Vital Signs," we look at a special risk for Type One diabetics prone to eating disorders: they need insulin to survive, but they’ll take less or none at all to avoid weight gain. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The sold-out Facing Race symposium begins today in Dallas. Doualy Xaykaothao reports this is the first time it's being held in the South. And Lauren Silverman talks to some angel investors assembling in Dallas this week about how they decide which projects are worth funding. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A new report says Texas faces real obstacles to improve Pre-K programs, despite pronounced efforts in Fort Worth and San Antonio. Bill Zeeble explains why Texas doesn't stack up nationally. And Lauren Silverman traces soul food back to its West African beginnings.

Mark Birnbaum

This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Stella Chavez introduces us to 18-year-old David Kapuku, a junior at Dallas’ Conrad High School who enrolled two weeks after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo. And we listen to teens at Polytechnic High in Fort Worth asking their parents difficult questions, ahead of StoryCorps' arrival in Dallas next Thursday.

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This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Once and for all, we hear how to judge a reasonable portion size from dietitian Jamie Bass of Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Fort Worth. And Doualy Xaykaothao reports on a program in Tarrant County where veterans who commit lower-level criminal offenses can try to have the cases dismissed and expunged from their records.

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This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas has settled a complaint with federal officials who accused the city of unfair housing practices. The agreement makes sure Dallas won’t lose millions of dollars. But there’s a tradeoff: the city has to consider an option some neighborhoods and landlords won't like. And we hear from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price about what's coming up there. 

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Republicans swept every statewide office in Texas yesterday and even won the District Attorney’s race in deep-blue Dallas County. In Denton, voters made their city the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing. KERA’s managing editor, Shelley Kofler, stopped by to help us sort through yesterday’s results. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Voters are deciding whether or not to adopt a ban on fracking within city limits in Denton. Doualy Xaykaothao got to the polls early. And we have Jerome Weeks' review of 'Fully Committed,' a play that parodies the reservations SOP at upscale restaurants. 

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The top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: More Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election, if recent trends hold true. Shelley Kofler reports how the candidates for governor have campaigned with that in mind. And in this week's "Vital Signs," we hear about how catheters are used to perform less-invasive heart surgery.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: We look at what this governor's race says about the state of Texas, as per 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin. And Shelley Kofler explains why the battle over Wendy Davis' senate seat in Tarrant County is again the most closely watched legislative contest.

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Today's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: Lauren Silverman reports on an academic rehab program for concussion sufferers at Trinity Christian Academy. And Shelley Kofler looks into Republican Dan Patrick's recent "stealth campaign" tactics.


This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Texans have $70 billion in student loan debt, and they're notably delinquent in repaying student loans compared to other states. Producer Dianna Douglas explains. And we remember the Alamo with Phil Collins, who's donated his obsessive collection of artifacts to the state. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Ronke Okpa has emerged during this election cycle as a vocal member of Red State Women. We hear why the Nigerian-American electrical engineer is championing Greg Abbott for governor. And new findings out of the UK point to weight gain as a risk factor for breast cancer.

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: We hear from the chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Cole Edmonson, who’s spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. And the iconic building that sits at 508 Park Avenue in Dallas has been vacant for decades. This weekend is the space's dedication and a chance for the public to see what's in store. 

Christina Ulsh

The top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Producer Dianna Douglas watches last month's debate between the candidate for governor with students who have an inside perspective on school funding. And our Big Screen team looks at the making of Listen Up Philip with its North Texas production company Sailor Bear. 

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The top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Lauren Silverman explains why the race between Democratic Incumbent Craig Watkins and Republican challenger Susan Hawk is one of the nastiest on the ballot. And we hear Shelley Kofler's contribution to Texas Perspectives: Water, on a North Texas project that aims to salve drought in the face of population growth.

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This morning's top stories from the KERA Newsroom: Bill Zeeble reports how the DISD board came to an agreement to hold open meetings on the forced removal of a board member from an on-campus meeting last week.