Shelley D. Kofler

News Director

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. 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 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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Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Texans were among the many millions who last night joined in the political equivalent of a football tailgater.  They put on their favorite candidate t-shirts; grabbed drinks and plates of food, and settled in for 90 minutes of head-butting and territorial tackles.

The recently released Texas Lyceum Poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Texas by just 7 points.  That puts Clinton closer to the leading candidate than any Democratic presidential candidate running in Texas for decades. 

Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research for the recent Lyceum poll and the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas Austin.

He talked with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler about one big issue that may be driving the numbers- immigration.   

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Health experts agree controlling the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry Zika is essential to preventing an outbreak of the virus.  So, does the City of San Antonio have the resources to do that?  In the process of reporting for our series, “Preparing for Zika in Texas,”  Texas Public Radio discovered San Antonio has drastically cut funding for the public health department’s mosquito control division. 

Aaron Schrank / Texas Public Radio

Some infectious disease experts believe the Zika virus has already infected the Texas mosquito population –it just hasn’t been detected.

In this report for our series, “Preparing for Zika in Texas” we look at what health officials in San Antonio say they’re doing to prevent an outbreak and how they would respond if we have one. 

In a neatly landscaped front yard in North San Antonio biology students from Texas A&M University-San Antonio record the types of mosquitoes snared by their sticky traps.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Dr. Anil Mangla is leaving his position as Assistant Director for Communicable Diseases at San Antonio’s Metro Health Department.