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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Texas House of Representatives
10:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Cortez Defeats Incumbent Garza In Texas House District 117

Philip Cortez (right) poses for a photo with voter Jerry Gonzalez.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Republican incumbent John Garza was elected during the Republican sweep in the 2010 mid-term elections, but this year former San Antonio City Councilman Philip Cortez ended election night with 53 percent of voter support to win the seat.

Cortez said he pledges to fight any additional cuts to the Texas education system when he takes office in January.

“I will fight them tooth and nail because those dollars are for our children and for the resources that teachers need to ensure we are properly educating the future leaders of this great state of Texas,” Cortez said.

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New Bexar County Sheriff
10:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Pamerleau Beats Ortiz: First Elected Female Bexar County Sheriff

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Susan Pamerleau shakes hands with a supporter during Election Night 2012 at the Republican Party Headquarters in Bexar County.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Bexar County will have a new sheriff after the Republican challenger unseated Democratic incumbent Amadeo Ortiz.  

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Susan Pamerleau had a smile from ear to ear with an early vote lead of nine percent when the polls closed on election night. In the end, Pamerleau had won by a slim margin with 51 percent.

At the Republican watch party, Pamerleau dropped hints that she is intent on changing some of the inner workings of the sheriff’s department.

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Public Safety
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

SAPD Sgt. Honored for Saving Teens from Burning Car

Sgt. Jesse Garcia recieves a Certificate of Merit from SAPD Chief William McManus on Monday for his actions early Saturday morning.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia was on his way home Saturday morning when he saw a burning vehicle.

“I just ran up to the fire and never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle,” said Garcia. "I heard her [the driver] saying, 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die, don't leave me.'" 

The car, which had two girls inside ages 17 and 19, slammed into a utility pole near 1604 and Sulfur Springs. The driver was trapped under her seatbelt.

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Performing Arts
2:32 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tobin Center Preview: Performing Arts Building Two Years From Completion

A side view of the Tobin Center shows a large peice of the Municipal Auditorium facade has been left intact.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is being marketed as the home for San Antonio’s artistic community. What was once Municipal Auditorium is now just a shell as the rest of the theater is re-built from the ground up.

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LGBTQ Community Support
10:08 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Pride Center San Antonio Providing New Home to LGBTQ Community

Pride Center San Antonio

San Antonio is one the few major cities in the country without a dedicated LGBTQ community center. While there were several attempts in the past, a collective of community members is laying the ground work to establish a new one.

The Pride Center San Antonio doesn’t have a dedicated space yet, but the people behind its creation want it to be a connector for the gay community.

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Utility Assistance
9:34 am
Wed October 31, 2012

CPS Energy Sends Crews to Help Restore Power in Virginia

CPS Energy workers watch the caravan of utility trucks leave for Richmond, Va.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Millions of people on the East Coast remain without power today as Superstorm Sandy barrels into the United States. To help restore electricity, CPS Energy is sending some of its own emergency response crews.

For the next three days, 6 of CPS Energy’s utility trucks will be traveling to help Dominion Virginia Power, who sent CPS a request for assistance on Sunday Morning.

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Voting
10:36 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Texas Secretary of State Addresses Election Observer Concerns

Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen (left) is joined by Texas Sec. of State Hope Andrade to encourage voter turnout during early voting.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the first five days of early voting came to a close, Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade visited election sites across the state to praise the high turnout during early voting.  Andrade stopped in Bexar County on Friday as election monitors from Europe are being threatened by the state's attorney general.

The two election observers visiting the state are from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Mission Reach Expansion
12:22 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

New Portion of Mission Reach Open - More Trees on the Way

A cyclist rides on the new portion of the Mission Reach near Theo Ave. The next phase of the Reach is scheduled to open in April.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

It’s still nearly a year before the Mission Reach is completed, but a new stretch is now open to the public. The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County have added an additional 1.5 mile loop near Theo Avenue and a hike and bike bridge over Concepciόn Creek.

SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott said the $3.5 million restoration of this section of the river will include the planting of new trees.

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Bexar County Early Voting
5:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Early Voting Begins in Bexar County and Voters Are Split on the Issues

Voters stand outside of a Polling Place inside the Wonderland of the Americas Mall in Northwest San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

It’s the first day of early voting and Bexar County Residents are flocking to the polls. TPR's Joey Palacios talked to a few voters outside the Wonderland Mall polling place about which presidential candidate they support and Pre-K for SA.

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Downtown Art
11:19 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Artspace's 9th annual Chalk It Up Festival This Saturday, Oct. 13

View of Artpace’s Chalk It Up on Houston Street downtown on October 8, 2011.
Kimberly Aubuchon Artpace

On Saturday the grey streets and sidewalk of Houston St. will be replaced with art murals made with chalk. For nearly a decade, Artpace’s Chalk It Up festival has gathered artists to express their talent on a canvas that people normally literally walk all over. 

Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott said that  holding a show like Chalk It Up allows for a much larger audience.

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