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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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

President Signs Bill Approving Expansion Of Missions National Historic Park

Mission San Juan before restoration
Credit Eileen Pace

 

The National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, signed by President Obama last week, includes an important rider that will allow the National Park Service to expand its reach around the group of 18th Century San Antonio Missions.

This section of the legislation was designed to support the Missions’ application for recognition as a World Heritage Site. 

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Environment
1:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Unless You’re Plagued By Allergies

Cedar pollen can often be seen bursting into clouds like this one from scrub cedars in the Texas Hill Country.
Credit Flickr - salaamministries.com

If it's getting close to Christmas, it's also getting nearer to the year's worst allergy season for San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Copious amounts of cedar pollen are expected to blow in on the first cold front, draping yellow blankets of the dusty stuff on cars and other surfaces.

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Government
5:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Bexar County Sends 'Do No Harm' Legislative Agenda To Lawmakers

Bexar County Commissioners want to make sure that all of the military installations in San Antonio, like JBSA-Lackland, receive ongoing infrastructure and community support.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

  Bexar County Commissioners have finalized the county’s wish list for the next legislative session.

More than half of next year's Legislative Agenda falls into the category of “do no harm.”

Those items - almost 20 items on the list - involve policy positions on issues that are already in place, but on which commissioners want to take a stand in case any bills arise that would affect the status quo.

Commissioner Kevin Wolff said they want to ensure continued support for the military, which makes a $13 billion impact on the local economy every year.

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Education
4:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bibliotech Expands To Four More School Districts, Military Schools

Fort Sam Houston ISD is the recipient of a donation of ereaders for its students to access Bibliotech materials and other ebooks through their school library
Credit Eileen Pace

  Bibliotech has expanded into four additional Bexar County school districts.

Bexar County Commissioners this week approved another wave of ereaders sent out into the community for students in the Edgewood, Somerset, San Antonio and Fort Sam Houston ISDs.

County Judge Nelson Wolff says this week’s donation of 150 ereaders brings the total number of the devices to 500 that have been committed to local school districts.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

San Antonio's AT&T Center Set For Major Makeover; County, Spurs To Share The Cost

The AT&T Center in San Antonio will undergo renovations in 2015 that will add new technology, upgraded seating and expanded concourses to the sports, concert, and show arena
Credit Eileen Pace

Coming next summer to San Antonio: a new-look, new-feel arena that promises to give all those who enter a viewing experience they won’t forget. Welcome to the newly renovated AT&T Center, or, at least, welcome to the promise of it.

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday authorized Spurs Sport & Entertainment to move forward on plans to design and build an enhanced arena, with county oversight.

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Community
4:07 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Healy-Murphy Center Receives Donation To Create Healthy Eating Program

Healhy-eating posters in the cafeteria at the Healy Murphy Center demonstrate good food choices
Eileen Pace

San Antonio’s Healy-Murphy Center, a non-profit private school for youth in crisis, Tuesday received a sizable donation from the Herbalife Family Foundation to add a nutrition and healthy foods component to its programming.

For more than 120 years, the Healy-Murphy Center at the east edge of downtown has been providing education and support for vulnerable youth and those on the brink of dropping out of school because of limited choices.

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Community
5:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Popular Farmers Market Moving To New Home At The Yard

Sunday Dec. 7 was the last day for the farmers and ranchers market at the Alamo Quarry. The market will re-open Dec. 14 at The Yard on McCullough.
Eileen Pace

Owners of the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market spent their last day in front of Whole Foods at the Quarry Sunday, and will re-open next week at 5300 McCullough.

Quarry Market management last month terminated their three-year agreement, forcing the popular market to find a new location.

Closing up the Brazos Valley Cheese booth at the Quarry farmers market for the last time, Susan Turner said her customers are happy about the new location at The Yard in Olmos Park.

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Border & Immigration
1:40 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Those Who Would Apply for DACA and DAPA Status Face Months of Paperwork Ahead

Eloisa Mata (L) and Maria Calixto (R) work on DACA cases at the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at St. Mary's University
Credit Jennifer Lloyd / St. Mary's University

  

Immigrants hoping for deferred deportation status have another two to six months before applications will become available for President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions program.

But many of them don’t know that.

Attorneys and refugee organizations in Texas have been working non-stop to answer the tide of questions arising from the president’s speech. 

What to do next is the big question, and the answer is layered by individual circumstances but also by the delay in getting info from the government.

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Science & Technology
5:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Military Researchers Encourage Private Sector And Academic Collaboration In Stem Cell Research

Military researchers appealed to private-sector colleagues to join with them in government-funded stem cell research. This panel was part of a presentation at the World Stem Cell Summit 2014 in San Antonio.
Credit Eileen Pace

  

Military scientists Wednesday encouraged other researchers to take advantage of the government’s $30 million commitment and collaborate with them on stem cell research.

The appeal came as part of the World Stem Cell Summit 2014 going on in San Antonio this week.

The Dept. of Defense has taken a leading role in researching regenerative medicine over the past 10 years, because today’s war fighters are coming home with more serious wounds than in any previous war.

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Business
5:09 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NBU To Receive $20.5 Million from LCRA in Breach of Contract Lawsuit

New Braunfels Utilities has agreed to a $20.5 million payment from LCRA to settle a lawsuit it won earlier this year against the energy provider.

The settlement comes several months after a jury found the Lower Colorado River Authority had breached its contract with NBU.

The jury in July found that LCRA, the wholesale power provider for NBU and others, had been giving more favorable rates to its customers who had agreed to long-term extensions of their contracts through 2041.

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