Shelley D. Kofler | Texas Public Radio

Shelley D. Kofler

Shelley Kofler was Texas Public Radio’s news director from December 2014 through July 2017. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. She now serves as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Engagement Editor.

She has produced and moderated numerous, statewide political debates, including the gubernatorial debates in 2014 and those for U.S. Senate candidates in 2012.

Her interest in legislative policy includes knowledge about school finance, water and transportation issues. Her stories on the over-medication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs among children.

Shelley also worked with KERA on nationally televised programs.

Her radio and television work has been honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association; the Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club and the Radio-Television Digital News Association, which has honored her with several prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.

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Two SMU political science professors disagree on whether Governor Rick Perry’s call for a tax cut will sail through the legislature. We asked professors Cal Jillson and Matthew Wilson to watch the governor’s state-of-the state speech yesterday and tell us what impressed them.

As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.

Texas Senate leaders today announced efforts to assist public school children who want to attend private schools.

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