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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Texas Public Radio

A close confidant of U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who asked not to be named, has confirmed for Texas Public Radio what national media are reporting -- that Castro is indeed being vetted as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton. The news was different last week.

Today at the Alamodome, Texas Democrats at their state convention have been discussing the Party platform and selecting delegates while Republican Donald Trump holds a fundraiser across town.  

Some at the convention are pointing to Trump's comments about immigrants and women as reasons to vote Democrat.

McAllen Delegate Madeline Olm is just trying to ignore the Republican's likely presidential nominee.

The Texas Democratic Party

Tonight in San Antonio Democrats kick off their state convention.  They’re hoping to generate Party excitement in a state so red Republicans have been elected to every statewide office since 1998.

Democrats are focusing their message on working families.  They’re also prepared to take a few shots at Donald Trump.

The 12,000 Democrats crowding into the Alamodome will talk strategy for improving schools, accessible healthcare, and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.


Orlando police are now reporting that 50 patrons were killed and at least 53 more were injured when a gunman opened fire overnight inside the Pulse, a gay nightclub.

The Associated Press is calling it “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”

NPR’s Carrie Johnson is reporting that two law enforcement sources have identified the gunman as Omar Mateen.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters Sunday morning the shooter was well organized and had an assault weapon and handgun. 

The Texas Tribune

The Castro brothers will be front and center beginning June 16 when some 12,000 Texas Democrats descend on San Antonio’s Alamodome for their state convention.

Chairing the convention with a theme of working families will be Congressman Joaquin Castro.  Giving one of the keynotes, his brother, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro who is now the president’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.