Eileen Pace

Morning Edition Host

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.

Ways to Connect

Bexar County has begun its annual mosquito-abatement program a little early this year, partly because San Antonio had a mild winter which could encourage more mosquitoes. But fears over the Zika virus have also affected government response.

County spokeswoman Laura Jesse says only 36 percent of the mosquitoes in Bexar County are the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika.

“There’s also West Nile, chikungunya and dengue fever that we want to prevent in the community,” Jesse says.

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San Antonio and parts of the Hill Country were surprised by a line of dark clouds as a weak front moved across the area this morning.

Meteorologist Larry Hopper at the National Weather Service office in New Braunfels says they were expecting a few sprinkles with the front, but not any of the really wet stuff.

Hopper says the area can expect just slightly cooler temperatures tonight and a greater chance of a shower this weekend.

Meteorologists are expecting this summer to be warmer than usual, Hopper added.

StoryCorps

“Believe it or not, the best [English] teacher I had was the radio station,” says 88-year-old Edgar Fischel, “because they repeat so much!”

Fischel came to America from Costa Rica as a teenager. A self-described troublemaker in school, he grew up to be a respected educator and school administrator in San Antonio. Now retired, he spends his time building houses--little ones… as you’ll hear in this edition of StoryCorps South Texas.

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Port San Antonio has taken a big step toward adding hundreds of homes to attract new jobs and stimulate community growth in the old Kelly Air Force Base area.

The Port is negotiating with a development company and Mission DG to renovate the more than 300 1940s townhome-style units in Billy Mitchell Village.

Port San Antonio spokesman Paco Felici says as a catalyst for redevelopment and investment in the south side, the new homes will triple the residential offerings and provide more opportunities for the work forces being hired by new and existing companies at the Port.

Texas Public Radio

When the StoryCorps Mobile Tour came to San Antonio recently to collect personal stories to be archived at the Library Of Congress, it was a chance for Julian Ledesma to share with his best friend, Michelle Dueñas, the story of the unusual way his family learned he was gay.  

"My sister and I created this forceful, loving bond and didn’t fight because we had a difficult childhood. We were just trying to figure out what we were going to eat that day." 

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