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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Catholic Church
7:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

San Antonio Archdiocese Talks About Papal Vacancy

San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller address the media just hours after the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
Joey Palacios TPR

On Monday Catholics were greeted with the unexpected news of Pope Benedict VXI announcing he will be stepping down at the end of the month. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, who was appointed by Benedict, expressed his thoughts on moving forward and gratitude for the Pope’s years of service.

Like many across the world, Archbishop Garcia-Siller said the announcement came as a surprise to him. The Archbishop sent three weeks with the Pontiff in October during the last Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

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Technology Training
4:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Alamo Colleges Teaming With Rackspace On Cloud Programming Classes

State Senator Carlos Uresti (left) stands with Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Sentator Donna Campbell, and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie holding a bill check.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges have received a multimillion dollar grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to train 1,000 rackers. The Rackspace employees will receive special training for cloud computing from the Alamo Colleges.

The $2.5 million awarded to the school from the Workforce Commission's Skills Development Fund will create a tailored program called the Cloud Academy.

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Luminaria 2013
9:49 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Luminaria Returns To Light Up Downtown Streets

The Align Dancers perform in HemisFair Park as part of a demo from their Luminaria performance in March
Joey Palacios TPR

In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.

The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting.  Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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U.S. Postal Service
10:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mixed Feelings On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Post Office at S. Alamo and Interstate 35
Joey Palacios TPR

The United States Postal Service has long been recognized under an unofficial motto of ‘neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ shall keep them from their appointed route, but come this summer, mail carriers will take the day off on Saturday.

The Postal Service will end the Saturday delivery of regular mail beginning this August.

At a post office on S. Alamo Street, San Antonio residents have mixed feelings on the change. Victora Orta said it’s bad for business and seniors could be left without their check.

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Commuting
11:37 am
Wed February 6, 2013

San Antonio Commuters Spend 38 Additional Hours On The Road Per Year

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute's annual Urban Mobility Report draws attention to poor city infrastructure
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

The Texas Transportation Institute released its annual mobility report detailing just how much time people spend on the road during commute times.

San Antonio ranks at number 30 with about 38 additional hours spent in extra travel time per year. Considering that San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States, that's not too bad.

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TEA Performance Ratings
12:33 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings

Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.

The schools in question are:

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Northside Student Growth
6:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

New High School Likely In Next NISD Bond

Northside ISD

Northside Independent School District could see a bond election next year as district officials push off the need for one in 2013. Northside has seen about 3,000 additional students to the district ever year and the student population is now close to 100,000 students and 110 schools.

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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Government
4:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cornyn And Doggett Embody Opposing Views Of Immigration Reform

Undocumented immigrants are rounded up at a car wash in Maricopa Couty, Ariz.
Jose Munoz

On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.

This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:

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