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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Recent Wikileaks' emails suggesting Democratic Party insiders plotted to sideline Bernie Sanders have only further angered Sanders delegates gathered for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Throughout the primary Sanders claimed the nomination process was “rigged,” and said that the inclusion of super delegates appointed by the Party provided an unfair advantage to Hillary Clinton. As part of Texas Public Radio’s “Dare to Listen” campaign, Shelley Kofler sat down with three Clinton and three Sanders supporters who don’t see eye to eye on the issue of super delegates, but they agreed to hear each other out.

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There’s disappointment in San Antonio following Hillary Clinton’s decision to choose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

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Bexar County delegate Ginny Shannon originally supported Marco Rubio but says when it became clear Trump would win the nomination she got behind him.  

“I believe he will be a warrior for our party, that he will fight for immigration reform, for welfare reform,” Shannon said from Cleveland.

Shannon, a first time delegate, was on the convention floor in Cleveland when Trump became the nominee Tuesday night, and on Monday when anti-Trump delegates unsuccessfully tried to derail the billionaire’s nomination.

Lisa Nilsson

Bexar County GOP delegate Lisa Nilsson has been tweeting up a storm at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Dressed in a Texas cowboy hat, jeans and Western-style shirt she’s posted photos of her interviews with Swedish news, Kurdish television and other media.

“I think they like us Texans because we sort of represent that cowboy stereotype they’ve seen in the movies,” Nilsson told Texas Public Radio.

The reporter from Sweden asked Nilsson if stricter gun regulations are needed following recent gun violence in the United States. 

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Monday some Bexar County delegates at the Republican National Convention will be part of a final push to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the Party’s presidential nominee.  Others will be supporting Trump.

As part of our Dare to Listen project, Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler sat down with four of the Bexar delegates before they left for Cleveland to hear what divides them and what they can agree upon.

  Here’s an excerpt of our conversation with: