Shelley Kofler

News Director

Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Shelley also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects including nationally broadcast programs. She has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. She also founded and operated her own communications firm, Kofler Communications, in Dallas and Austin. She served as a communications strategist and media trainer for various companies, agencies and public officials.

Shelley and the KERA news team have received numerous journalism awards for their public radio and television work. In addition to all-staff honors she has been individually singled out with a first place Edward R. Murrow award for a series of reports on the Trinity toll road decision; first place honors for political reporting from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Houston Press Clubââââââââ

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One week from today Iowa voters cast the first ballots in the presidential contests.  In just five weeks Texans go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 1. 

This morning NPR’s Mara Liasson reports nationally on the anger and anxiety felt by many Americans.

Texas Public Radio reports on the mood in our community by talking with voters in San Antonio and Boerne.  Do Texans feel economically secure?  Have recent terrorism events made us more fearful and vulnerable?

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated cities in the country.  That’s what a 2015 study by urban scholar Richard Florida found when he looked at which U. S. cities have the highest concentration of wealthy and low-income residents living in separate neighborhoods.

As San Antonio leaders look for solutions to economic segregation, a housing development 80 miles to the north encourages people with widely different incomes to live side-by-side.

For this week’s Growing Pains project on housing we traveled to Austin to see how the Mueller community hopes to bridge the economic divide.


Area planners estimate one million more people will move to Bexar County in the next 25 years. As part of our project, “Growing Pains,” Texas Public Radio is taking a deeper look at the opportunities and hurdles that come with that growth.  This week we’re looking at housing. Check out the data below showing how home prices have risen. 

As a possible bankruptcy looms for its parent company, Abengoa Water confirms it's closing an Austin office and relocating some employees to San Antonio. The company says it's still on board to build the 142-mile Vista Ridge water pipeline.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

The busiest air travel period of the year begins Thursday morning- a full week before Thanksgiving.  Officials at the San Antonio International Airport say the biggest crowds will there from 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

To ensure passengers reach their flights on time they suggest the following:

·        Arrive two hours before an early flight and 90 minutes before flights leaving after 7:30 a.m.

·        Print your boarding pass before you arrive or at an airport kiosk

·        Avoid wearing or carrying metal items that may slow down the security check