Eileen Pace

News Reporter/Anchor

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series,  features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.

Eileen has reported and anchored KIKK AM-FM Houston, WOAI NewsRadio San Antonio, and KLBJ-AM in Austin and served as news director at KGNB-KNBT in New Braunfels, Texas. She was WOAI's first female news anchor, anchoring with Bob Guthrie during morning drive for a decade. She joined the news department at Texas Public Radio in 2010. Eileen has provided stories for CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox Radio, Reuters, and the Associated Press, as well as the BBC, KUHF-Houston, the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Business Journal, SA Local News and Edible San Antonio and has served as an on-camera volunteer for KUHT-TV/Houston and KLRN-TV/San Antonio. 

Eileen is TPR's military, environment, county government and business reporter. She also enjoys covering Hemisfair, health, historic preservation and human interest stories. In 2011, Eileen's five-part series on the transition of Kelly Air Force Base after BRAC won the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award and a statewide award from the Associated Press. She earned a first-place statewide Lone Star Award from the Houston Press Club for her program on Black History Month on "The Source" in 2012. In 2013, Eileen produced another long-form series that examined the plight of refugees that come to San Antonio from all over the world. 

Eileen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UTSA, where she also studied business administration and architecture. She enjoys travel, being a dog foster mom, writing and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Her awards include:

National Headliners Club Awards, Katie Awards from the Dallas Press Club, the Lone Star Award from the Houston Press Club, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an award from the Texas Medical Association, and numerous awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, Texas State Network, and the State Bar of Texas.

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Bexar County Budget
9:34 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Bexar Budget Adds Courthouse Security, Other Law Enforcement

Visitors to the Cadena Reeves Justice Center and the Bexar County Courthouse will soon enter the building under the scrutiny of armed guards instead of security guards.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners Tuesday approved a nearly $1.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Officials say higher property values allowed the county to lower the tax rate while increasing services for family justice, neighborhoods, and public safety.

County commissioners took a long look at a law enforcement budget request and in the end, approved the largest program change, according to Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, in anyone’s memory.

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Bexar County
1:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Judge Proposes Pilot Program To Speed Up Child Abuse & Neglect Cases

State District Judge Peter Sakai increased adoption of foster children in Bexar County by 1000 percent from 1995 to 2005. He is proposing a new pilot program to reduce the amount of time it takes a child abuse case to reach a resolution.
Credit Bexar County

  

A family court judge is asking Bexar County to help fund a pilot program that would streamline cases in the family courts.  Judge Peter Sakai hopes to add two court managers and other elements to the program that will help connect the dots with other parts of the legal system.

The child abuse and neglect court in Bexar County accounts for $3.5 million a year in fees for court-appointed attorneys.

"And our system is second only to the total felony courts," Sakai said. 

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Science & Technology
5:06 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

UTHSC Studies Tooth Regeneration To Save Children's Teeth

A new study that uses stem cells to regenerate teeth is underway at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. 

 The study is looking at restoring the life of a damaged tooth and bringing the practice to the forefront as the go-to treatment to replace standard root canals, which cause affected teeth to die. 

 Dr. Anibal Diogenes, assistant professor of endodontics at the UT Health Science Center, said children are at risk for serious problems with their teeth, especially the front teeth.

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Bexar County
1:13 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Veterans Court Grant Runs Out, Asks Bexar County For Permanent Funding

Judge Wayne Christian congratulates a veteran who completed the program in the Bexar Co. Veterans Treatment Court. District Attorney Susan Reed, Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, and Bexar Co. Clerk Gerry Rickhoff came in support of the program's graduates.
Credit Veterans Treatment Court, San Antonio

    

The Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court is reaching the end of its grant funding and its judge is calling on the county to fund the court's ongoing operation.

The court processes hundreds of veterans – many of whom have been awarded the Purple Heart or Bronze Star. It has been operating out of County Court 6 for the last four years, working with veterans accused of misdemeanor crimes to get them out of the offending cycle and help them back into productive lives. 

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Community
6:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

BiblioTech Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

BiblioTech opened in Sept., 2013, with an initial stock of 10,000 e-books, audiobooks and learning packages. It has plans to invest in 10,000 books each year for five years and to open new locations to serve more of Bexar County's residents.
Credit Eileen Pace

  

The world's first all-digital library is marking its one-year anniversary this weekend. Officials are calling the global experiment a “success.”

Bexar County got its accreditation for BibioTech in July of last year, months before the physical location was constructed. BiblioTech came at a cost of about $2 million, which paid for the building, computers and technology and the initial investment of $275,000 for 10,000 books.

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Science & Technology
9:36 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator 2.0 Uses Emojis To Explain Variables Of Risk

The 2.0 Prostate Risk Calculator was developed at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio

  In the really old days, they were called pictographs; later they were called emoticons. Now, though, they’re called emojis, a new word originating in Japan for those smiley-face, thumbs-up and I-heart-you icons all over electronic devices. Emojis now include airplanes, jack-o-lanterns, kittens and just about every other animal – or fruit or facial expression – that one can imagine.

So why not use them in medicine?

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Government
9:52 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bexar County Hospital District Asks For Same Tax Rate, Bigger Budget

University Hospital estimates higher property values will bring an additional $20.6 million to its budget at the same tax rate as last year
Credit UHS

The Bexar County Hospital District has requested a tax rate for the coming year with no increase in the tax rate itself. But the health system is counting on rising local property values to sustain its budget over the coming year.

The hospital district, now known as University Health System, submitted a proposal to Bexar County commissioners with a tax rate that is unchanged from last year.

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Education
10:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Boating And Water Safety Added To Driver's Education Program

Still from Beautiful But Gone video: Dana Gage, whose son died from a diving accident, urges viewers to wear a lifejacket.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.

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Solar Power
10:38 am
Fri September 5, 2014

With Activation Of New Solar Site, OCI Brings Power To 25,000 More Homes Per Year

OCI's Alamo 2 solar farm.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

OCI Solar Power announced Thursday that it has "flipped the switch" on 39 megawatts of solar power at the Alamo 4 project, making the newly completed solar farm just west of San Antonio operational.

OCI officials say the company is on track to bring an additional 145 megawatts of solar power to the state by the end of this year.

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Green Construction
9:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

CPS Energy Rewards University Hospital For Energy-Efficient Buildings With $500,000

University Hospital's new Sky Tower increased green space to cool the property, including healing gardens integrated into the building and landscapes designed to produce a lush tree canopy over 50 percent of the site within five years
Credit UHS

  University Health System Thursday accepted a check for half a million dollars in rebates for energy savings. It was the second large, commercial rebate announced this week.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the new University Hospital Sky Tower is designed to use 20% less energy than a similar structure built to “normal” building codes.

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