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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Correction:  In this story Texas Public Radio used information from a San Antonio Police Association report and a Governing Magazine article. Each organization had utilized  the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report. We consulted that Report as well. 

David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio City Hall is headed in a new direction.  Saturday night District 8 Councilmember Ron Nirenberg upset incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor, after a runoff campaign that pitted Nirenberg’s promise of a more responsive, inclusive government against Taylor’s message that the city’s on strong footing with a new police contract, bond package and improved public safety.

UPDATE, 1:30 P.M. Monday: View Texas Public Radio's Facebook Live video.

Joey Palacios

Have City of San Antonio officials violated the Texas Open Meetings Act?  That’s a question being raised after council members decided in a closed executive session to sue the state over its new sanctuary cities law, instead of voting on the decision in a public meeting.

At least three city officials or their spokespersons say that last week during an executive session, city council members and staff met and discussed whether the San Antonio City Council should sue the state to stop the implementation of its new sanctuary cities ban. 

CHRIS EUDAILY / TPR NEWS

Early voting begins Tuesday, May 30, for runoff races that will decide San Antonio's next mayor and six city council seats. Registered voters can cast ballots through next Tuesday, June 6.  Then the races will be decided on Election Day, Saturday, June 10.     

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