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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Child Abuse
9:27 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Childhood Abuse and PTSD Cause for Concern in Bexar County

San Antonio Children's Shelter

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect kids as well as adults, and often occurs in children who have been abused or neglected; the San Antonio Children's Shelter is co-hosting a special town hall conference on Childhood PTSD and Depression this week.

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Joint Base San Antonio
3:42 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Military and Bexar County Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Stolen Equipment

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said it has arrested two people in a conspiracy to steal and resell military equipment.

The OSI doesn’t describe the stolen property, or which branch of Joint Base San Antonio the equipment came from, but Joint Base Spokesman Brent Boller said seven federal search warrants were executed at a San Antonio tattoo parlor Tuesday afternoon.  

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:29 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Court Martial Postponed While Defense Dept. Inspects Cell Phone Messages

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc walking into the courtroom Tuesday morning at Lackland.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An Air Force judge has postponed the sixth court martial in a series of cases against basic military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.

The judge is allowing time for the Department of Defense to analyze cell phones messages between the Instructor and one of his trainees.

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc is accused of crimes from aggravated sexual assault of two female trainees, to lying to military officials about his AWOL status after he was arrested in Comal County while he was partying with a trainee and didn’t make it back to the base.

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Sales Tax Revenue
2:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

September Sales Tax Allocations Up 9.9 Percent for San Antonio

The statewide totals for the amount of sales tax returned to local communities was on the plus side of $551 million and showed an overall 11 percent increase over Sept. 2011.

Comptroller Susan Combs said continued strength in the manufacturing and oil and natural gas sectors led to the increase, but consumer spending was also up in restaurants and retail stores.

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Cancer research
10:31 am
Tue October 9, 2012

RSV Cells Show no Side Effects While Killing Cancerous Tumors

UT Health Science Center

A new treatment for cancer involves the use of a childhood virus that has been shown to kill cancer cells in mice. The virus is on its way to clinical trials in San Antonio and Houston.

This is a virus that Santanu Bose, Ph.D., at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio has been researching for 15 years, and he came across its efficacy in killing cancer cells by accident.

"I never expected that we could use RSV for cancer," said Bose. "When we were conducting some experiments with this virus; we were using normal cells and at the same time, we were using cancer cells."

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Voter Registration Deadline
3:47 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Voter Register Deadline Approaches to Vote in Nov. Presidential Election

Bexar County

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9th. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jackie Callanen says the date is extended because of the Monday holiday, and she’s optimistic that a few extra people might register before the deadline.

"When we had the primary election, here in Bexar County we had 875,000 people registered to vote," said Callanen. "Today when I looked at the numbers, we had 898,000. So we're increasing by about 1,000 or 1,500 a day from the applications that we have."

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Fund Raisers
2:09 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Alamo Beard Club Raising Funds and Awareness for Pet Education

Alamo Beard Club member Kevin Baker
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s first Battle of the Beards  is on schedule to present awards in seven facial-hair categories Saturday night. The contest for the best beards, mustachios, and even women’s beards is all for a good cause.

The  credo of the Alamo Beard Club is: Fraternity, Community, and Charity... and promoting facial hair.

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Hays Street Bridge
9:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group Demands Public Vote for Land Use

Graciela Sanchez of the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center and Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group protests the use of the land as an area to be developed.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Members of the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group lined the steps of San Antonio City Hall Monday to demand a public vote on the use of the vacant land adjacent to the historic bridge. The group wants a park in the open space, not a brewery. 

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Higher Education
5:20 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

UTSA President delivers 2012 State of the University Address

University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA president Ricardo Romo re-capped the school's progress toward Tier One status in his state of the university address Wednesday.

Dr. Romo outlined some of the new initiatives to help incoming students - such as the new Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, or 'GRIP.'  GRIP will proactively work with 250 high-school students in San Antonio to make sure they are prepared for college-level courses, with the goal of helping them avoid remedial classes when they get to college.

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Reforming Lackland
10:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Members of House Armed Services Committee tour Lackland

Since all airmen must pass through training at Lackland to become full service members, the base is considered the "Gateway to the Air Force."
Eileen Pace TPR

A delegation from the House Armed Services Committee visited San Antonio Tuesday. The group is touring the nation’s troubled basic training headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base.

The congressional delegation is meeting the new commanders in charge of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to learn how the sex scandal at the base began and how it was allowed to continue.

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