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.

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VIA Street Car
10:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

VIA Releases Economic Impact Study For Streetcar

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Metropolitan Transit has released a commissioned study showing a $1.3 billion economic impact along the routes of its proposed streetcar system. Those opposed to the street car system say the transit authority is paying for exactly what they want to hear.

The economic impact study commissioned by the SABÉR Institute at St. Mary’s University and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce predicts a multi-billion dollar return on investment over 25 years through VIA’s initial $280 million.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS

(Right to left) Nicole Linsangan signs with her host sister and mother, Terisha and Carol Ann Broderson, with her former teacher, Gabriella Wolfenberger.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past year an exchange student from the Philippines has been living in San Antonio, but what separates her from her peers is that she’s deaf. Her impact at Marshall High School has prompted the school to offer American Sign Language as a course.

18-year-old Nicole Linsangan came to the United States in August of last year with a desire to see the world.

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Border & Immigration
4:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Cruz, Abbott Tour Lackland; Blame Obama For Influx Of Unaccompanied Minors

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stand outside of Lackland AFB after going through a tour of the facilities.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Attorney General Greg Abbott toured Lackland Air Force Base today to see first hand the influx of minors who have crossed into the United States without their guardians. The two Republican figureheads are placing the blame on President Obama.

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Transportation
2:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Speed Limit Changes Throughout Day In TxDOT Pilot Program On Loop 1604

TxDOT displays some of the digitial speed limit signs that will be used in the pilot.
TxDOT

Later this month, the speed limits on a portion of Loop 1604 will change, and in some instances, frequently change throughout the day with a new system being piloted by TxDOT.

Imagine driving on loop 1604 and a new digital speed limit sign on the side of the road changes from 60 to 55. The signs are a new variable speed limit system TxDOT is deploying here in San Antonio, in Eastland County and Waco. The system is used in other states like Florida.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said the system is designed as a safety measure.

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NBA Finals
11:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Spurs Close Fifth Championship With Alamodome Celebration

Spurs Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan kick balloons released from the ceiling.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Wednesday night Spurs fans flooded downtown for a celebration the city hasn’t seen in seven years; since the last time the team brought home an NBA championship.

The doors of the Alamodome opened at 4:30 p.m. and by 8 p.m. nearly every single seat was taken with nearly 70,000 people in attendance. Many fans waited up to five hours to see the team show off the five golden Larry O’Brien Trophies. Overhead, replays of game five and the Spurs river parade played on a large video screens as fans entered the arena.

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Fiesta 2014
4:13 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fiesta Cornyation Donates $80,000 Each To San Antonio AIDS Foundation, Beat AIDS

SAAF Executive Director David Ewell accepts a check for $80,000 from Fiesta Cornyation.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Even two months after Fiesta is over, charitable donations are still being made from the event organizers. Cornyation is awarding over $150,000 to HIV/AIDS programs.

Cornyation is spoof of the Fiesta Coronation. Every year people pack the Empire Theatre for a glitzy and campy San Antonio-themed satire. All of the money generated from tickets and fundraisers is donated. At the Friendly Spot Ice House, Cornyation’s board announced it raised $168,000 this year.

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NBA Finals
10:26 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets

Spurs fans congregate on Commerce Street between South Alamo and N. Presa following the end of game five. Fan Maury Vasquez holds a flag from a balcony window.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio Spurs have brought a fifth NBA title to the Alamo City after beating the Miami Heat last night 104-87. Following the win, downtown filled with Spurs fans reveling in the continuation of a dynasty.

San Antonians crowded Alamo, Market, Commerce and Houston streets following last nights win so well that SAPD had to divert honking traffic down side streets. Spurs fans have been waiting seven years for another title and wanted a victory after last year’s loss to the Heat.

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NBA Finals
1:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Spurs Fans Brave Weather, Greet Team At Airport Gate

Spurs fans greeting the team at the San Antonio International Airport
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last night by a score of 107-86, the second game in row with 20 point edge. In a sea of silver and black, fans of the Spurs crowded outside the team's private airport terminal early this morning to wait for the team to arrive back home.

About 200 fans stood under flashing skies following a torrential downpour less than an hour before. A DJ played music to keep them entertained. Superfan Lindsey Garcia said she drove from Lytle to welcome the team.

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UIW Medical School
10:32 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School

Seven buildings of the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will be used by UIW for its medical school.
Courtesy photo

The University of the Incarnate Word and Brooks City Base have come to an agreement to build a new medical school at the site of the former Air Force installation.

After two years of searching, UIW has decided to use the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. The boards of both UIW and Brooks City Base approved a memorandum of understanding to use the 23 acre facility, which closed in 2011. 

UIW President Louis Agnese said the university had been scouting three locations.

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STEM Education
3:59 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth

Andy Chen examines the top portion of his team's robot.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.

Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).

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