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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Military
12:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Independent Commission Says No Medical Reason To Prohibit Transgender Soldiers

Eileen Pace

A new report c0-authored by a former U.S. Surgeon General calls into question the decades-old ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

The study, released Thursday, says that there is no compelling medical reason for the U.S. military to prohibit transgender people from serving in the military.

The Transgender Military Service Commission went on to say that President Obama could lift the ban without going through Congress.

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Military
1:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Fort Sam Gunman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Army Captain

A retired Army sergeant admitted to going onto the post at Fort Sam Houston and shooting his girlfriend, an Army Captain
Eileen Pace

A retired army sergeant is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for shooting an Army captain at Fort Sam Houston. 

52-year-old Alvin Roundtree pled guilty in federal court Wednesday on one count of assaulting an officer or employee of the United States with a deadly weapon. He admitted to shooting his live-in girlfriend multiple times after she told him she was leaving him. 

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Crime
4:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence For Child Sex Trafficking

A San Antonio woman is facing a possible life in prison for her role in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

20-year-old Amber Doak pled guilty to her role in prostituting the teenager last August, admitting to knowingly enticing and encouraging a minor into engaging in sexual acts for money.

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Government
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Defense Attorney Pleads Guilty To Theft And Forgery

Bexar County Courthouse
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Hilda Valadez was known around the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center as Bexar County’s highest-paid court-appointed attorney, reportedly receiving more than $400,000 dollars over three years before 2010. She defended indigent clients, often in high-profile murder cases. Now she's on the other side of the law, entering a plea agreement that she hopes will keep her out of prison.

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Environment
7:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties

Texas Forest Service shows 75 counties under a burn ban on March 11, 2014, including Bexar and adjacent Wilson and Kendall Counties.
Texas Forest Service

With the area expected to remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer, Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately. 

Bexar joins 74 other counties are under a burn ban as of today, according to the Texas Forest Service. Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts says he’s seen an increase in the number of grass fires in the late afternoons, in all parts of the county.

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Government
6:19 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bexar County Requesting Funds To Prevent Sexual Assault Behind Bars

Bexar County jail seeking $250,000 in federal funds
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a federal grant under a new law designed to prevent sexual assault in jails.

The grant could provide the county with as much as $250-thousand dollars to help the jail maintain new federal standards.

Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in May of 2012, and it includes provisions to prevent, detect, and respond to allegations of sexual abuse in any kind of detention facility.

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Science & Technology
8:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

QEESI Study Draws Connection between Chronic Illness and Chemical Sensitivity

Dr. Claudia Miller developed the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory to help doctors and patients pinpoint chemical sensitivities that may be causing health problems.
UT Health Science Center

Sensitivity to household chemicals, perfumes, and air pollution often go undetected, but now there’s a way for patients, especially those with mysterious medical symptoms, to discover if they are sensitive to certain chemicals.

The QEESI, or Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory, is now available online. This 15-minute questionnaire developed by San Antonio researcher Dr. Claudia Miller, allows individuals to rate their reactions to things like car exhaust, nail polish, paints, and pesticides.

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Military
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sons Of The American Revolution Give Toolboxes To Purple Heart Recipients

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Retired Kenny Walker describes his duties in Afghanistan
Eileen Pace

Saturday, Sons of the American Revolution thanked veterans by giving ten Purple Heart recipients, who are transitioning back to civilian life after their injuries, tool boxes worth $1,000 each.

The effort is ongoing, with a promise to get tool boxes into the hands of every wounded war hero in the nation:

Brandi Hootsell opens the tool box her husband received last year from the group.  

“It came packed,” she said. “There’s a saw in here, saw blades, gloves. They’re nice tools, too.”

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Leon Valley
9:37 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete

Leon Valley City Hall will gain about a third more space once a new fire station is built that will allow the police department to move out of the main administration building.
Leon Valley

Residential growth and new business development are quietly moving forward in an area where it might be least expected. The City of Leon Valley is marking the progress with its first major facilities expansion in 40 years.

Nestled in the near-Northwest area of San Antonio, Leon Valley is pretty much land-locked on all sides.

“I would say we are about 90 percent built out." City Manager Manny Longoria said.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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