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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Election 2014
1:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Bexar County Judge Wins A Fourth Term

Nelson Wolff
Credit Bexar.org

  Long-time Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff defeated his challenger by a margin of almost eight percent. Wolff attributes his victory to staying positive.

The long-time incumbent is eager to come back for another term and get to the next phase of county growth. Wolff says that’s what he focused on during his campaign, and it worked.

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Community
5:09 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Former TPR General Manager Remembers Tom Magliozzi, Origins Of "Car Talk"

Joe Gwathmey.

Local reaction to the passing of Car Talk Co-Host Tom Magliozzi includes that of Joe Gwathmey, General Manager of Texas Public Radio from 1988-2006. Gwathmey is the broadcast executive who gave NPR a home in San Antonio – and also put "Car Talk" on the air.

Gwathmey was building NPR’s presence in San Antonio in 1988, but just a year earlier, he was the Vice-president of Programming at NPR in Washington. He said host Susan Stamberg brought him an idea about a Boston radio show where two brothers used comedy to talk about fixing cars. 

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Animals
12:07 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

The Bracken Bat Cave outside San Antonio is home to millions of bats. Here, a few of them emerge from the colony in 2011.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:39 pm

Down a narrow gravel drive and a short walk past cactus and scrub cedars outside San Antonio is a gaping, dark cave mouth, 60 feet wide, nestled at the bottom of a steep hill.

This is the Bracken Bat Cave. Each night at 7:30, millions of bats spiral out of the deep cave and streak off toward the darkening Southern sky.

Thanks to a $20 million deal signed Friday by San Antonio, conservation groups and a local developer, the night sky around the cave will stay dark, and the mother and baby bats inside will have a buffer between them and the hazards of city sprawl.

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Environment
6:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conservation Deal Saves Bracken Bat Cave On Halloween

Team that spearheaded the purchase of 1500 acres adjacent to Bracken Bat Preserve, L-R Laura Huffman, State Director of the Nature Conservancy; San Antonio City Council Member Ron Nirenberg; and Fran Hutchins, Director of the Bracken Bat Cave
Credit Jon Alonzo

 

Friends of the Bracken Bat Cave can breathe a little easier today, now that a threatened encroachment by a high-density housing development is officially over.

That's because the real estate deal closed Friday, transferring the land from Galo Properties to the Nature Conservancy.

Defendants of the Bracken Cave have been working on this deal for more than a year.  The effort was spearheaded by San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who took up the challenge to visit the cave right after he was elected in 2013.

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Science & Technology
12:51 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

S.A. Doctors Seeing More Children For Laundry Detergent Pod Eye Burns

It's hard for children to resist colorful, plastic single-load liquid laundry packs
Credit American Association of Poison Control Centers

 

San Antonio doctors are noticing an increase of eye injuries in small children after they come into contact with laundry detergent pods.

Physicians at University Hospital are concerned that they haven’t yet seen the worst of the injuries.

Liquid detergent held inside colorful, squishy plastic packets are sometimes irresistible for kids.

Dr. Jorge Montes, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the UT Health Science Center, said the Emergency Room has seen a string of children since this summer, all under the age of five, with serious burns on the eye.

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Military
8:24 am
Mon October 27, 2014

DOD Ebola Team Trained at Fort Sam Houston Ready For Duty

Ebola team member training at Brooke Army Medical Center tests mask seal for leaks around mouth and nose
Eileen Pace

Thirty members of a specialized infectious disease team have completed a round of training at Fort Sam Houston. The military team, organized by the Department of Defense to assist in domestic Ebola cases, trained in the specifics of using hazmat-style suits, which will protect them from exposure to the virus.

A technician sprays a saccharin-based solution toward the face mask of a member of the Ebola go team to make sure the seal on the mask is properly seated. Other members of the team practice drawing blood while wearing three pairs of rubber gloves.

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Education
6:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Solar Eclipse Viewing Safe Only Through Proper Lens

Partial solar eclipse seen January 04, 2011 in Rennes, western France, 2011.
Credit DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images / State Impact Texas, NPR

  A partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies of North America Oct. 23 as the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun.

Although the sun will not be completely covered by the moon, the event still promises to be a dramatic experience.

Skywatchers in San Antonio are invited to join the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers for a safe-viewing of the event.

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Military
6:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Military Ebola Team Training At Joint Base San Antonio

U.S. Army Northern Command ebola containment team receive specialized training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio
Credit U.S. Army

  

A team of military medical specialists is in San Antonio to begin Ebola containment training today at Fort Sam Houston.

The team, whose creation was ordered over the weekend by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will prepare to assist civilian medical professionals in case of another report of Ebola in the U.S.

U.S. Northern Command brought together 20 nurses, five doctors, and five trainers from installations around the country to become the military’s first domestic support team for quick response in Ebola cases.

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Environment
6:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Proving Aquaponics Vegetable Gardens Are Viable for Small Businesses and Families

A large aquaponics greenhouse.
Credit Marfa Public Radio

A team of scientists at Texas A&M is working on an "aquaponics” project to demonstrate a lower-cost method of growing vegetables – and raising fish.

The method is not new – but scientists are hoping to attract home gardeners and entrepreneurs to the field of soilless food production.

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Military
6:10 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

UTHSC Appoints Top Air Force Physician to Lead Military Health Institute

Major General Byron Hepburn, who retired in April, 2014, as the Commander of the 59th Air Force Medical Wing
Credit USAF

  

The UT Health Science Center has established a special institute within the research center to integrate military and civilian studies for the benefit of members of the military as well as the local civilian community.

The Military Health Institute will lead innovative medical research, health education and clinical care – working with the military toward improving the health of active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

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