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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A group of the city’s minority chambers of commerce claim not enough local contracts are going to local small, minority and women owned businesses.  The group – known as the Fair Contracting Coalition - is made of chambers like the Hispanic Chamber, Asian American Chamber, Alamo City Chamber and others.

Nearly three dozen people packed a meeting room at the east side’s Atlas Body Shop last week to go over letter grades the coalition awarded to 16 government agencies based on how many contracts go to small, women, or minority owned business.

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New spruced-up buildings have been popping up on San Antonio’s East Side, an area once overlooked for revitalization. Some of the credit for that comes from a city-funded grant program administered by SAGE- San Antonio for Growth on the East Side. 

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Large amounts of debris from the demolition site of the Solo Serve building fell into the San Antonio River Walk on Wednesday. About a dozen large plywood boards, scaffolding, and pieces of the once historic building tumbled into river around 3:30 p.m.  Visitor Tim Heidimenn was inside his hotel and saw it collapse.


Embattled UTSA President Ricardo Romo has resigned.

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The San Antonio Police Department could implement drones into its usage as the city begins to look at potential regulation in their use within the city limits.

SAPD Chief William McManus told the city council’s public safety committee the department would like to use drones in tactical situations like crime scenes, SWAT situations, and traffic crashes.

“Where it would it advantageous or the police working those scenes to get up above the incident and have that type of aerial view,” the chief said. “We would not use it conduct surveillance.”