Shelley Kofler

Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Shelley also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects including nationally broadcast programs. She has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. She also founded and operated her own communications firm, Kofler Communications, in Dallas and Austin. She served as a communications strategist and media trainer for various companies, agencies and public officials.

Shelley and the KERA news team have received numerous journalism awards for their public radio and television work. In addition to all-staff honors she has been individually singled out with a first place Edward R. Murrow award for a series of reports on the Trinity toll road decision; first place honors for political reporting from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Houston Press Clubââââââââ

Texas News
4:26 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, talk with KERA's Shelley Kofler about the transportation measure on the November ballot.
BJ Austin KERA News

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:24 pm

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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9:38 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Wendy Davis Calls For Eliminating Statute Of Limitations On Rape

Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis appeared with Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal at the Frank Crowley Courts building in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:13 pm

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

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9:49 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Can Political, Faith Groups Build On The Immigration Exchange With Obama?

Leslie Harris of Flower Mound awaited the President's motorcade, showing her support for government assistance for detained migrant children.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:28 pm

President Obama and Gov. Rick Perry put aside partisan differences, at least briefly, this week to share a helicopter across Dallas and discuss securing the border. The president and the governor then sat down with a group of local officials and religious leaders who are preparing to shelter 2,000 immigrant children who've been housed in cramped detention facilities. 

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2:09 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Four Reasons Why GOP Chose Cleveland Over Dallas For 2016 Convention

Dallas wooed the Republican National Convention committee with an extravagant balloon and confetti drop at American Airlines Center and several elephants, the Republican Party symbol.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Committee members choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention said repeatedly they’d make a business decision, not a political one.  But following the selection of Cleveland over Dallas Tuesday, those close to the negotiations said politics played a role.

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NPR Story
10:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Wichita Falls Sees Wastewater Recycling As Solution To Drinking Water Shortage

Julie Spence of Wichita Falls says she trusts the city to adequately treat wastewater for drinking.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:33 am

Wichita Falls could soon become the first in the country where half of the drinking water comes directly from wastewater.

Yes, that includes water from toilets. For some citizens, that's a little tough to swallow.

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