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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Veteran Job Fair
9:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Workforce Commission Helping Veterans Find Job Opportunities

A veteran talks to an employer during the Red, White and You job fair held by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of veterans filled the Freeman Coliseum’s Expo Hall this week looking for work. The Texas Workforce Commission held a job fair specially tailored to those converting military experience into civilian jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 10 percent, slightly higher than the civilian rate.

The Texas Workforce Commission is actively trying to get these veterans back into work.

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Bike Share Expansion
12:39 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

B-Cycle Continues Expansion On South Side To Missions San Jose And Concepción

Cyclists wait near the new B-Cycle station outside of the Mission San Jose Visitors Center
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s bike share program is expanding into the South Side with several new B-cycle kiosks around the Missions.

Cyclists rode to Mission San Jose to illustrate the new availability of B-cycle just south of downtown; six new stations have been added at some of San Antonio’s Mission’s along the Mission Reach.

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TxDOT Toll Roads
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Group Calls For Boycott Of 85 mph State Highway 130 Toll

Anti-toll activist Terri Hall (far right) stands with protesters on the city's North Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After a toll-free trial run, State Highway 130 has begun charging motorists to use the Seguin-to-Austin 85 mile-per-hour highway. Texas Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is urging drivers to boycott the fastest highway in the United States.

With the $13 one-way toll now in effect on SH 130, going to Austin from Seguin and back could cost you almost half a tank of gas.

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San Antonio Radio Theater
6:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Theatre Group Performs "It's a Wonderful Life" Live And On The Radio

The cast of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Classic Theatre of San Antonio

Radio has evolved over the last 90 years since it's golden age of bringing live drama, music, and news . With Television, radio dramas have all-but died out, but beginning this weekend, a local theater troop is bringing back the radio drama for a live performance of "It’s a Wonderful Life."

In the 1940’s, families listened radio dramas and gathered around at home before television; that’s all there was except for movies. Live audiences would fill theatres like a sitcom, sound effects would be improvised, and the actors had only their voices to create their characters.

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Major Highway Construction
5:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Hwy 281 & Loop 1604 Ramps Should Relieve Rush Hour Congestion

The 1604 East & West is unveiled by construction workers. Since construction began 18 months ago nearly one million man hours have gone into the project.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hwy 281 North and Loop 1604 are finally connecting this afternoon evening and will finally be open after months of construction.

Anyone who travels the 281/1604 corridor knows the extended commute they face during rush hour, but with the completion of one of the connectors, drivers on 281 North can access 1604 East & West without having to exit the freeway.

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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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