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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NBA Finals
4:05 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Spurs Lose NBA Finals, But Fan Faith Remains Strong

Spurs fans gather outside of Coyote Ugly on Commerce Street after a crushing defeat in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

For the first time, the San Antonio Spurs left the NBA finals empty handed, as the  Miami Heat claimed victory last night. But even though the Spurs lost, fans still gathered downtown post-game to show support for the team.

During the game, cheers echoed throughout downtown. But the as the final seconds of game seven ticked away, hope gave way to heartbreak as the Heat gained a slight advantage over the Spurs, clinching the title 95-88.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ 19th Annual San Antonio Film Festival Begins Wednesday

San Antonio Film Festival

The Alamo City is rolling out the red carpet for independent film makers this week during the annual San Antonio Film Festival. For nearly 20 years, fans of indie films have attended the San Antonio Film Festival for both short- and feature-length movies.

"It’s films that you’ll never see -- for the most part -- on Netflix or the movie theater," said Executive Director Adam Rocha.

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Summer Break
5:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SAISD Launches Book Mobile To Help Encourage Summer Reading

David Cortez picks a book out of one of the boxes
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.

In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.

"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.

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Community
5:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Study Finds Less Access To Supermarkets In Latin And Low-Income Neighborhoods

UT Health Science Center

According to an aggregated study by the UT Health Science Center, people have a better chance of finding a fast food establishment than a supermarket in many Latin neighborhoods across the country.

Dr. Amelie Rivera is the director for health promotion research at the UT Health Science Center and said Latin and low income neighborhoods have about one third the number of supermarkets or grocery stores than others, but the more common bodegas, which are like a small market, are usually lacking in healthier options.

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Merry Christmas Bill
4:47 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

'Merry Christmas' Bill Will Allow Religious Holiday Observance In Public Schools

merrychristmasbill.com

It’s nearly the start of summer but a law about to come out of the Texas Legislature has a yuletide mission to provide protections to public schools who want to offer religious celebrations during the winter. 

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Immigration Reform
10:14 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Citizenship Status Could Be Delayed With Cornyn Amendment

Border security is a vital part of immigration reform for both sides to reach an agreement.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

The Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill is set to hit the floor next week with an anticipated lengthy debate and amendment process. One Texas senator is calling for a complete border security before many of the provisions in the bill can take effect.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, calls it the Results Amendment. It’s a long list of provisions that must be met before green cards and citizenship can be offered to undocumented immigrants. He said the key is 100 percent situational awareness of the southern border

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hellcab: A Rough Ride Into The Psyche Of Chicago

Scenes from Hellcab
Siggi Ragnar Attic Rep

It’s the final three days for a stage production at Trinity University that follows the single day of a cab driver in Chicago as he picks up fares in the racially tense and sometimes seedy areas of the Windy City.

While the play calls for 36 characters, Attic Rep took on the challenge of using only seven actors.

The play, "Hellcab," takes place on the day before Christmas in Chicago. The weather is brutally cold, and a cab driver is reporting in at 6:30 a.m. for what will be a 14-hour shift.

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Flood Control
7:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Turning Northwest Plaza Lot Into City Park/Flood Control Plain

An artists rendering of the two detention ponds that will take the place of the former shopping center.
Bexar County

As the flood waters recede and evaporate from Saturday’s rains, Bexar County is breaking ground on a flood control project on Fredericksburg Road.

The Northwest Plaza Shopping Center at Fredericksburg and Gardania was condemned and torn down a few years ago and is now a concrete slab.  The 26-acre plot of land just a few blocks south of loop 410 and Wonderland Mall will now become two large detention ponds about 8 feet deep to alleviate flooding.  

The $28 million Laddie Place flood control project is part of the county’s 10-year $500 million flood plan.

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Basketball
5:07 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Spurs Fans Rush Downtown Streets To Celebrate Western Conference Victory

Spurs fans hang outside of their vehicle in celebration of the sweep
Joey Palacios TPR

The San Antonio Spurs are once again the Western Conference Champions and last night hundreds of fans flooded many of San Antonio’s major streets in celebration of the Spurs’ win against the Grizzlies.

Commerce and Market Streets were packed end to end with people in their cars honking horns, waving Spurs flags and sticking brooms out the window to mark the sweeping 4-0 victory in the series.

Fans like Mario Soza and Bianca Garcia said the team is going to bring home another title.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

After Firing Search Firm, SAISD Names Interim Superintendent As Finalist

Sylvester Perez
SAISD

The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted 5-0 to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for the full-time position.

Perez was not initially in the running for the permanent position, but eventually changed his mind. He is the former superintendent of Midland ISD and has been serving in the interim since Robert Duron left in Feb. 2012.

He said his focus will be to ensure students are at the proper reading level:

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