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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Summer Meal Programs
12:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

San Antonio Food Bank Begins Summer Food Service Program

Volunteers with the U.S. Navy seperate and sort peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for first day of distribution.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Today is the first day of the San Antonio Food Bank's summer meal program. Each day through August the  staff and volunteers will handle the mammoth daily task of feeding students who are out of school.

Over the next 11 weeks they will serve over 300,000 meals as part of the Summer Food Service Program, a nationally organized program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper said the program is designed to feed kids under 18 who depended on schools to provide them with a full meal.

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NBA Finals
4:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Downtown Swells With Fans After Game One Spurs Win

Spurs fans Martina Montoya and Albert Saenz dress in lights following the first win of the 2014 NBA Finals.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Last night the San Antonio Spurs claimed victory over the Miami Heat in game one of the NBA Finals 110-95, leading to plenty of celebration downtown.

The Spurs both gained and lost double digit leads throughout the night until Heat forward LeBron James was taken off the court in the fourth quarter due to leg cramps. Fan Gary Cooper said the first victory makes a statement.

“It’s proof positive we’re after revenge; we’re after blood,” Cooper said. “We want the head of the king and we want it now.”

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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roosevelt Students Honored For Work In Big Brothers Big Sisters Career Program

Quentin Williams and Grant Herbon were matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas five years ago.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Seven students at Roosevelt High School were honored Monday for committing to a six-year program of mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. These seniors have been followed from the seventh grade under the guidance of a big brother or sister.

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Science Education
9:22 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Johnson High School Debuts Virtual Dissection Program With PETA Grant

Students will be able to use this browser-based program to dissect frogs, squid, starfish, pigs, and cats.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Bexar County Commissioner
1:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court

Tommy Calvert gives his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:  Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.

Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court
9:09 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Republican Precinct 4 Runoff Features Alan Baxter & Tim Wilson

Alan Baxter (left), and Tim Wilson are last two up for the Republican spot on the Precinct 4 ballot in November.
Credit Campaign photos

Tommy Adkisson vacated the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat to run for county judge. Adkisson has held the seat since 1998 and it will be filled by one of four contenders in the runoff; two from each party.

On the Republican ticket are a pair of mayors from two of the county’s cities: Alan Baxter, the mayor of Windcrest, and Tim Wilson, the mayor of Kirby.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court
9:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are trying to be the Democrat on the Precinct 4 ticket in November.
Credit Campaign photos

Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are the two Democratic candidates who survived the March 4 primary election.

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San Antonio Schools
10:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Districts Trying To Keep State Funds For Mass Absences Caused By Fiesta Week Threat

Days after the Fiesta week threat that caused mass absences in districts across the city, a student at Madison High School was discovered to have brought three guns on campus. Parents lined up to pick up their children after the lockdown was lifted.
Joey Palacios TPR News

School districts financially impacted by the mass student absence following a city wide school violence threat have the option to appeal the state’s withholding of funds.

Every time an individual student is absent, the school district he or she attends loses potential money from the Texas Education Agency.

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Spurs Playoffs
3:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Spurs Fans Light Playoff Hopes With A Candle

The praying hands Spurs candle designed by Robert Tatum.
Joey Palacios TPR News

**Correction: It has been brought to our attention that the Protección candle showcased in this story was not created by the unidentified source that claimed to have done so. A corrected update is now included in this story immediately following the incorrect portion that was originally published.

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