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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Community
10:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

One Year After Major Flooding, All But 5 Espada Families Have Moved Away

The 100-year floodplain around Mission Espada.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

It was one year ago last weekend that torrential rains flooded much of Central and South San Antonio. The storms killed three, stranded dozens, left thousands without power and displaced more than two dozen families on the San Antonio River.

A year after the devastation, many of those residents have now moved away from the only home their families had known for more than 100 years.

Homeowners near the Espada Mission said they had never seen nine feet of water before, but the water rose within an hour, and 27 families lost everything.

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Military Scams
10:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

BBB Warns Of Memorial Day Scams Targeting Military

Military ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Credit Eileen Pace

Ads for sales and special events can grab our attention around Memorial Day, and the Better Business Bureau says scammers know this too.

Some of these scams are targeting military personnel and veterans.

The BBB warns of the following scams that are directed at service members:

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Environment
12:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan

Local resident Lissa Martinez talks with an engineer about hot spots where trash and debris collect along the Olmos Creek Watershed.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in Olmos Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove much of the trash dumped in far northwest Bexar County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.

Local residents offered their input at a recent SARA event, pointing out hotspots where they’ve seen trash collecting along tributaries that run into Olmos Basin.

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Immigration Reform
10:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

House Will Consider Amendment To Admit DREAMers To Miltiary Academies

U.S. Rep Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
Credit U.S. Government

Immigration reform goes to the House floor this week, and San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has introduced an amendment to the next military budget bill that would give students with Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) status the same rights given to many international students who apply to military academies.

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Story Retraction
9:58 am
Mon May 19, 2014

San Antonio Man Admits David Greene Story Was A Hoax

Victor Martinez (left) speaks with NPR's David Greene at the Texas Public Radio offices.
Nathan Cone TPR

Last week we shared with you a story that happened inside the TPR studios when an Army veteran and fan of NPR’s David Greene presented David with his service coin.

Texas Public Radio’s Eileen Pace has an update on the story after learning more about the soldier’s service.

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Military Parade
2:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

River Walk Armed Forces Parade Saturday Will Be Broadcast Across The Country

Twenty-five floats will leave from the Paseo del Rio marina Saturday night for the start of the parade at 6 p.m.
Credit Eileen Pace

  You may have noticed an increasing number of yellow ribbons along the River Walk in the past couple of weeks. People have been buying sponsorship ribbons to honor loved ones in advance of the third annual Armed Forces River Parade on Saturday evening, a parade that is considered unique in the country.

Janie and Randy Kiehl drive down from Kerrville every year to help Paseo del Rio hang hundreds of large yellow bows on the trees along the River Walk in preparation for the parade.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

San Fernando Public Art Project Seeking County Funds

San Fernando Cathedral.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.

Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.

Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.

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Bexar County-Military
12:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

County Commissioners Pause To Honor Local Fallen War Heroes

Bexar County Commissioners showed a video with pictorial remembrances of the community's war dead. The ceremony was part of the court's Memorial Day commemoration.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners took time out of their business agenda Tuesday for a special remembrance of war casualties from the local community. The county honored the fallen soldiers with a video commemoration for Memorial Day.

Family members, wives and mothers joined local veterans in a video remembrance of the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, something which Cheryl Lankford said she must do even if it’s hard.

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NPR & Veterans
12:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

San Antonio Iraq War Veteran Surprises NPR's David Greene

Victor Martinez (left) and David Greene.
Credit Nathan Cone / TPR

**Editor's Note: Victor Martinez has since admitted that his story is a fabrication: He did not serve in Iraq and there were no CDs sent to him. Click here for the full retraction and explanation.

Many of us start our day listening to "Morning Edition," and we depend on getting the world’s news from Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne, and David Greene.

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Local History
6:33 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Leaning Boehler Building Stays At Josephine Street

The Boehler Building gained its distinctive starboard slant as a result of surviving the big flood of 1921. Water reached the bottom of the second floor and when it receded, the building leaned dramatically to its right and has remained so ever since.
Credit Courtney King

The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission has denied permission for the Boehler Building’s owner to move the leaning structure to the Pearl property down the street.

The new owner of the crooked building, which many people still call the Liberty Bar, wanted to move it from its location on Josephine at the Hwy 281 exit, two blocks south to the corner of Avenue A and Pearl Parkway.

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