Talent


Sam Baker currently serves as Senior Editor of News and Public Affairs and as local host for Morning Edition on KERA. The Beaumont, Texas, native also edits and produces radio commentaries, edits Art & Seek reports for radio broadcast, and has produced KERA versions of the NPR series This I Believe and StoryCorps. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record, which addressed a wide range of issues from a North Texas perspective. He won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and also has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Sam worked in commercial television at NBC and CBS affiliates for six years before moving to public broadcasting.  He was News Director and Morning Edition host at KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma for three years and joined KERA in 1991. He has served on the Board of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators. As a volunteer, Sam produces a weekly series, Jazz in Words and Music, for Reading and Radio Resources, an agency serving the visually impaired. He also serves on the board of Southwest Transplant Alliance, a private non-profit organization that provides organs and tissues for transplantation.

Stephen Becker edits the Art&Seek (artandseek.org) calendar and blog, working to inspire conversation about the arts in North Texas. Stephen’s reporting can be regularly heard on KERA FM. His 2011 story about the history of 8-track tapes was featured nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered. Before coming to KERA, he was the film and television editor at The Dallas Morning News. In 2008, he participated in the Moving Image Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.  In his 10 years at the News, he also worked in the Lifestyles, Business and Sports departments and was the recipient of several Society of Newspaper Design awards. Additionally, he served on teams that launched Quick and the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper. He is a native of North Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Anne Bothwell is director of the Art&Seek initiative, which is bringing more stories about arts and culture in North Texas to KERA radio, television and right here to the Web. She invites you – and all creative folks – to join the conversation and connect with the arts community right now on Art&Seek’s Web site, artandseek.org. For more than half of her 20 years in journalism, Anne’s edited and shaped arts coverage, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. There she helped create the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South By Southwest Music Conference. Anne spent 2007 living in Mexico and studying Spanish, so when she’s not looking for guest bloggers, overseeing radio and television reports or attending arts events, you’ll find her practicing her new language skills.

Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show Think since 2006.   Krys began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations as a reporter, anchor and news director. A graduate of TCU, Krys returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for Broadcast.com, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo. Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed nationally broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the RecordThink was named “Best Radio Talk Show” of Dallas by the Dallas Observer in 2009, and Krys was declared “Best Broadcaster for Radio in Dallas” by D Magazine in 2010, and won the PRNDI award for best call-in program in 2012. Krys and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.

Lee Cullum is host of CEO, KERA’s original monthly series of interviews with North Texas business leaders that airs on KERA television and radio.  She is also a commentator for Morning Edition on KERA-FM and contributes columns to The Dallas Morning News.  A veteran journalist, Lee was previously a commentator for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and All Things Considered on NPR. In addition, she was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald and host of Conversations, a series on KERA with major newsmakers. Lee also worked as a reporter, on-air moderator and executive producer of Newsroom on KERA.  Lee is a senior fellow of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a fellow at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. On the board of the Council on Foreign Relations for 10 years, she currently serves on the board of the American Council on Germany, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Social Sciences Foundation benefitting the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the InterAmerican Dialogue, and serves on the advisory board of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Rick HolterRick Holter is KERA’s Vice President of News.  He oversees news coverage on all of KERA’s platforms: radio, digital and television. He returned to Dallas after six years at NPR, where he edited Weekend All Things Considered and Day to Day, and supervised the Digital News operation. Before that, Rick spent 15 years at The Dallas Morning News, after editing stints at what was then the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times)in Florida and the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He’s collected honors include USC-Getty Arts Journalism Fellowships in 2005 and 2011, a National Headliners Award (2010), a NLGJA Award (2009) and numerous newspaper design awards; he also edited and designed a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature series (1992). A graduate of the University of Maryland, he grew up on a dairy farm in Middletown, Md. Follow Rick on Twitter: @rickholter

Shelley Kofler is an award-winning political reporter and television producer who joined KERA as News Director in 2007. Shelley was the Austin Bureau Chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. She also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV, and has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. Shelley and the KERA news team have received numerous journalism awards for their public radio and television work. She has individually received 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 Club’s Lone Star competition; a first place award for covering water issues and the battle over building the Marvin Nichols dam; and a first place Lone Star award for hosting a call-in show about employment entitled, “Getting Back to Work.” Shelley organized KERA’s coverage of the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race. She moderated the televised primary debate among Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and candidate Debra Medina. The debate aired in every TV and radio market in Texas. Shelley is a member of the Texas board of the Freedom of Information Foundation.

Joe Kozera is in the KXT studios weekdays for five hours of music during the Afternoon and Evening shows. Joe has worked in radio in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2004. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, he was nine years old when he wrote a letter to his favorite radio station, AM 720 KDWN in downtown Las Vegas. When he was invited to be on air to meet the KDWN personalities, tour the station and learn about live radio, he was hooked. Joe has been a DJ at KBOC 98.3 in Bridgeport, a mom-and-pop classic country station. Later, he did a live Sunday morning show at 89.5 KYQX-FM in Weatherford. At KERA-FM, Joe has worked as a board operator, announcer, operations assistant, production coordinator and co-producer. Joe writes and records original music, some of which can be heard on KERA-FM. He lives in Dallas with his wife Christine and their son Antonio.

Justin Martin has been KERA’s local host of All Things Considered since 2004. In addition to anchoring the weekday afternoon broadcast, his voice can also be heard in numerous KERA radio and TV productions. Justin is also a voice actor and can be occasionally heard in video games and documentaries. He lives in Dallas with his pets and coffee addiction.

 

Gini Mascorro is the morning hostand music coordinator for KXT. Her earliest radio education consisted of George Gimarc’s The Rock & Roll Alternative and LaBella & Rody on KZEW (“The Zoo”), and reading Creem, Circus and Hit Parader at the grocery store magazine rack while waiting for her mother to finish shopping. While studying Radio/TV/Film at the University of North Texas, she began her radio career in 1991 with KNTU 88.1, going on to host a late-night jazz show and working as promotions director. Following graduation, she took a six-month sabbatical in the UK, making various musical pilgrimages and working odd jobs in Oxford and Manchester, including pub DJ, receptionist and pet sitter. Upon her return to the states, she landed a job with Traffic Patrol Broadcasting, going on to report traffic for a number of Dallas/Fort Worth radio stations, including KTCK, “The Ticket.” Since joining KERA, she has hosted All Things Considered on KERA-FM and produced the Evening Talk Show with Krys Boyd. In 2002, she slipped comfortably into the role of midday host/engineer and editor/producer of the daily Deep in the Arts segment, and editor of the online KERA arts calendar. She has also filled in for 90.1 at Night host Paul Slavens on numerous occasions. Gini’s productions include a 2004 tribute to the legendary BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel, a Beck retrospective, two shows celebrating cover versions, a Halloween show, and 2008’s fun-spirited Christmas Anthem, a two-hour mix of holiday tunes conveying the many moods of the season, co-produced with Joe Kozera. Off the clock, Gini enjoys writing, travel, musicology, record shopping, rock ‘n’ roll documentaries and biographies, film history, and good food and wine.

Lauren Silverman is a Health, Science and Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. Before joining KERA she worked at NPR’s weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. There, she produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education, including a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Cal., that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’ As a freelance reporter, Lauren has written and recorded stories in English and Spanish for a variety of news outlets, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USAFollow Lauren on Twitter: @lsilverwoman

J. Paul Slavens is host of The Paul Slavens Show, which airs Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. on KXT 91.7.  Prior to moving to KXT in November 2009, Paul hosted KERA’s Sunday night music show 90.1 At Night since 2005, bringing to the long-running program a diverse, seemingly random mix of styles, genres and time periods.  Paul is also well known in the North Texas area for his work as a multi-instrumentalist with bands like Ten Hands, the Baptist Generals and Robert Gomez.  Currently, he has a Monday night residency at Dan’s Silverleaf  in Denton, Texas, where he is joined by an ever-changing array of luminaries such as Jeff Barnes of Brave Combo.  Paul takes suggestions from the audience and the band creates full-blown songs on the spot.  He is working on a Masters of Composition at the University of North Texas, and his works have been performed at the Dallas Museum of Art, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and numerous churches, campuses and schools around the area. Paul also works as a a commercial voice-over artist and actor.

Jerome Weeks is the Art & Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years before that. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. Mr. Weeks was an entertainment reporter for the Houston Post and an associate editor for Third Coast magazine. He has won five Katie Awards from the Dallas Press Club, a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University and a Knight Digital Media Fellowship to the University of California-Berkeley. He has appeared on Studio 360, C-SPAN’s Booknotes and the PBS documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater. Mr. Weeks is a member of both the National Book Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association, and was recently named a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Jeff Whittington is executive producer for special projects and KERA’s Think series and host of Anything You Ever Wanted to Know on KERA 90.1. He also created and launched the KXT Live Sessions series for KXT 91.7. Formerly producer of The Glenn Mitchell Show, Whittington began his career at KERA as an events planner and fundraising producer before joining the content production team in 2004. Jeff’s work at KERA has been honored with five consecutive Dallas Bar Association Philbin Awards for Excellence in Legal Reporting, three Best of Dallas Awards from the Dallas Observer, a Best of Big D Award from D Magazine, a Public Radio News Directors Award, a Texas AP Broadcaster Award, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Since 2009, Jeff has moderated the State of the Arts conversation series at the Dallas Museum of Art. He has served on the Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors and is a 2009 alumnus of the FBI Dallas Citizens Academy.

Bill Young is Vice President of Television Programming and responsible for selecting programs and developing the KERA 13 broadcast schedule.  In addition, Young sits on a number of PBS advisory panels, including the PBS Children’s Advisory Panel and the Top 20 Market Programmer’s Advisory Group, which help evaluate and set PBS network programming and policy agendas.  Through appointment to national program advisory boards, such as CyberchaseCurious George, The Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Electric Company, Young evaluates program production, rollout strategies and national scheduling of current and future programming concepts.   Young has been named Programmer of the Year by the Public Television Programmer’s Association in 1994 and 1997. In March of 2000, Young co-produced and directed A Salute to British Comedy for national public television broadcast through American Public Television.  Young was also co-executive producer for a number of national PBS programs including Celebrating Mollie Sugden: An Are You Being Served Special (December 2002),  Funny Ladies of British Comedy (March 2004), Funny Blokes of British Comedy (March 2005),Fawlty Towers Revisited (December 2005), in addition to Life Lessons From Onslow: A Keeping Up Appearances Special and The Historic Pubs of Dublin, both broadcast nationally on PBS in 2008.  Bill is a Texas native who attended the University of Texas in Austin.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.  He’s won numerous awards over the years, with top honors from the Dallas Press Club, Texas Medical Association, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, the American Diabetes Association and a national health reporting grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Zeeble was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and grew up in the nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ, where he became an accomplished timpanist and drummer. Heading to college near Chicago on a scholarship, he fell in love with public radio, working at the college classical/NPR station, and he has pursued public radio ever since.  His first real radio gig was with a classical station in Corpus Christi, where the new Texan was dubbed “Billy Ted”; he was also a manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans. Several stories he covered on television for KERA 13 helped homeowners avoid losing their homes.  Zeeble remains dedicated to radio, however, and spends time working with NPR to teach students how to do radio journalism. His radio pieces have aired on nearly every national news show carried on KERA, from NPR and American Public Media to the BBC.  He and his wife have 2 dogs and 2 cats, adopted and rescued.  His home desk is messy with vintage fountain pens and parts to aid his passion to make them work again.