Shelley Kofler

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

Texas school tax cut would have trade-off

Oct 21, 2015
There’s a constitutional amendment that would raise the homestead exemption for school property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000.  Lawmakers say that will reduce the average amount of taxes paid to school districts by $125.
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Texas homeowners who cast ballots in the November 3 election will have an opportunity to reduce their school property tax bills.  Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler says Proposition 1 may have broad appeal, but it comes with a trade-off.

Texas House of Representatives

KERA's Shelley Kofler spoke with Collin County Republican Jodie Laubenberg about the abortion meaure that will once again go before the Texas House of Representatives.

Unlike many places in America where Latinos are a relatively new minority group, Texas Hispanics were there before white Anglos. In some ways, having once been part of Mexico has lessened the tensions between whites and Latinos. But that's not always the case.

(For an extended version of this story, along with a gallery of images, visit KERA's website: Latino Roots Run Deeper In Texas.)