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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Border & Immigration
11:13 am
Tue August 12, 2014

St. Mary's And Univision Offering Free Legal Help For DACA Applicants This week

Young people seek information at the first San Antonio workshop at UTSA after the DACA executive order was issued in 2012.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

 

Texas DACA day is coming up this week, and local organizations are offering events as part of a statewide effort to help DACA-eligible youth and families sign up for the program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order in 2012 allows young people without documentation to continue to live in the U.S. while they go to school, graduate college, and go on to work.

Adriane Meneses with St. Mary’s School of Law said young people continue to come to her office to get help with the application process.

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Military Veterans
3:39 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

At Purple Heart Memorial, Veteran Says He Doesn't Cry Much, But...

Officials from Bexar County join Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836 and U.S. Army officials to commemorate new names added to the county's Purple Heart Memorial.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County officials joined veterans in downtown San Antonio Thursday to honor the community's war heroes.

More than 100 people attended a ceremony to add 51 names to the Purple Heart memorial at the Cadena Reeves Justice Center.

August 7 was Purple Heart Day, and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836, gathered in front of the Cadena Reeves Justice Center on Dolorosa to pay their respects to 51 war heroes whose names were added to the memorial this year.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Army Finishes Questioning Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl answers questions from an Army investigator at Fort Sam Houston.
Credit Eugene Fidell

An Army investigator has completed two days of initial questioning of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston.

Investigators are trying to determine if Bergdahl broke any military laws when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan and what went on while he was a Taliban captive.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl spent all of Wednesday and two hours Thursday morning responding to questions from Army investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl at a location on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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Museum Reach
10:19 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Historic Foot Bridge Goes Up Over Museum Reach At The Pearl

Industrial bridge from The Pearl Brewery re-used as a crossover for Museum Reach
Eileen Pace

The latest piece of history to come to the Museum Reach is a 20th century iron bridge originally constructed to convey beer across the Pearl Brewery.

The 17.5-ton bridge did the heavy lifting at the Pearl Brewery starting back in the 1970s.

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2014 Election
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Van De Putte Announces Education Plan With Full-Day Pre-K

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced the "Texas First" education plan that she says she will implement if she is elected to the lieutenant governor's seat in November
Credit Eileen Pace

  Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte Tuesday unveiled her plan for a statewide education policy for pre-K through high school.

It's a comprehensive plan that promises to expand access to broadband for students, increase parent access to school board members, and restore school funding reduced by the last Legislature.

Van de Putte’s education plan is formed on the pillars of early childhood education programs, adequate funding for local schools, and getting rid of or cutting back on standardized testing.

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Veteran Affairs
12:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

U.S. House Approves VA Bill, Which Now Awaits Senate Vote

It took weeks of debate between the House and Senate, but the House Wednesday passed the negotiated version of a bill to reform the Veterans Administration.

The final version of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act passed on a 420-5 vote in House late Wednesday.

The bill is Congress’ response to a bureaucracy so bogged down that staffers were found to be falsifying records to conceal delays in delivering services to veterans.

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Higher Education
4:35 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Three San Antonio Universities Made Forbes List Of Top Schools In America

Forbes is out with its America's Top Colleges list featuring rankings for the top 700 universities in the country. Three San Antonio schools made the list.

San Antonio’s Trinity University, with its smaller enrollment of less than 2,500 students, was ranked 132, and St. Mary’s University was 390. UTSA just made the list at 641 nationwide.

Williams College in Massachusetts leads the Forbes 700 list, followed by Stanford University and Swarthmore College.

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Health Care
8:49 am
Wed July 30, 2014

$4 Million Will Help Children's Hospital Of San Antonio Care For Seriously Ill Kids, Infants

Children's Hospital of San Antonio.
Credit CHRISTUS Health

Two community funding organizations have come together to support the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The gifts to the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System will help provide care for seriously ill children.

The two gifts are a combined $4 million for the hospital. One, for $3 million from the Valero Energy Foundation, and the other a $1 million gift from the Margie and Bill Klesse Family Foundation.

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Medical Research
4:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UTHSC Announces Hepatitis C Cure Using Drugs Already On The Market

Credit UT Health Science Center

Today, Monday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day and a local researcher has published a paper about a cure for Hepatitis C that he says is different and more available than a previous cure announced earlier this year.

The World Hepatitis Day website has a fun little diddy with hand puppets singing about the very serious disease. The song says viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people around the world each year, the same number that die from HIV and AIDS.

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Bexar County Jail
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Bexar County Jail Looking To Save Time & Money With Video Visitation

Visits at the Bexar County Jail are conducted in one of three rooms like this one with six to eight stools available for one visitor at a time. The room becomes crowded as children or additional visitors for each inmate must stand.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The Bexar County Jail is preparing to change its inmate visiting system from face-to-face visitation to electronic encounters.

The county is investing about $4 million in the system that officials say will improve security, cut down on overtime hours for guards, and help family members visit their loved ones more often.

At the Bexar County Jail on Comal Street, hundreds of inmates have to be shuffled from housing units to special visitation areas where just 18 of them at a time can sit in a face-to-face meeting with their visitor.

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