Joey Palacios

News Reporter

Born and raised in San Antonio, Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an A.A.S in Radio-Television-Broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.

Joey started his broadcasting career  in 2007 at KSYM-90.1 FM as a DJ and later became Program Director of the station. After graduation, he interned at  KTSA-550 AM and was hired as a reporter covering elections, breaking news, and the 2011 legislative session.

For TPR, Joey covers a variety of general assignments including: breaking news, local school districts, higher education, police, fire, capital improvement, non-profits, health care, community issues and local politics. Joey has also had several stories aired on NPR national newscasts.

When not working, Joey enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and socializing.

Ways To Connect

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While some young men are shown to lose interest in school early, the San Antonio Independent School District is gathering boys as early as 4th grade for a new experience to hopefully keep them engaged before the urge to drop out arises.  And on Monday, Bexar County’s only all-male public school opened its doors for the first time. 

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Some San Antonio City Council members want to know what the city is going to do to make its airport more competitive.  This week’s discussion followed a Texas Public Radio report that documented higher than average ticket prices and concerns that the airport is falling behind.

San Antonio’s airport served more than eight million passengers last year but City Aviation Director Frank Miller acknowledged thousands who used to fly out of San Antonio are now traveling from Austin.


There are now five people named as finalists in the search for the next San Antonio Police Chief.

More than 60 applicants applied for the position. Included in the short list of candidates are the current interim police chief Anthony Treviño and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. Also under consideration are Roberto Villaseñor, chief of police of Tuscon Arizona; Malik Aziz, deputy chief of Dallas; and Albert Salinas, deputy chief of Las Vegas.

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The ride-booking company Lyft is making a return to San Antonio following approval of a new agreement by the San Antonio City Council Thursday.

The nine month operating agreement passed by a 6-5 vote. It was a contentions discussion with Mike Gallagher, Cris Medina, Shirley Gonzales, Rebecca Viagran, and Ray Lopez dissenting.

Lone Star Rail District

Lone Star Rail soon could take passengers from San Antonio to destinations north along I-35 to Austin, if the city council puts initial funding in next year’s budget.  A majority of San Antonio City council members seem to be on board. 

  The Lone Star Rail line would connect San Antonio to Austin with a train that would stop in San Marcos and New Braunfels. To be included, the city would have to commit $500,000 in 2016. That amount goes up a little each year to at least $14.5 million by the year 2051. District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier said it needs to be a part of the budget.