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Doualy Xaykaothao Joins KERA News as Senior Reporter

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Former foreign correspondent for NPR lands in North Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2013


Dallas/Fort Worth – KERA, the public broadcasting station of North Texas, is pleased to announce that Doualy Xaykaothao (pronounced “Dwah-hlee Sigh-kow-tao”) has joined the KERA News team as a full-time Senior Reporter.

Mary Anne Alhadeff, president and CEO of North Texas Public Broadcasting, the parent organization of KERA, said, “Doualy’s international news experience and her outstanding reputation as a journalist make her an excellent addition to the KERA News staff.”

Xaykaothao already is familiar to public radio audiences. She comes to KERA News from NPR, where she covered breaking news from Asia. In the last few weeks, she has been freelancing for KERA News.

“I am honored to join a growing news team that values original reporting, unique voices and fine storytelling,” she said.

Xaykaothao joined NPR in 1999 as a production assistant for Morning Edition and has since worked as an NPR producer, editor, director and reporter for NPR’s award-winning programs. As a producer for NPR’s Newscast Unit, she was a member of the team receiving the 2001 Peabody Award for its coverage of the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Xaykaothao is the latest addition to KERA’s expanding news department, which also includes former NPR staffers Rick Holter, KERA’s Vice President for News, and Lauren Silverman, KERA’s health and science reporter. Stella Chavez, education reporter, and Digital News Editor Eric Aasen also are recent hires.


KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content and news, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at and The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. KXT 91.7 FM, KERA’s Triple A music station, KXT 91.7, is streamed online at