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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Robert E. Lee High School will get a new name after the North East Independent School District Board of trustees voted to change it Tuesday night.  A similar petition driven by students to rename the school failed two years ago. Several board members indicated recent violent events lead to re-opening the issue.

The decision among the seven NEISD trustees was unanimous. Although school board President Shannon Grona did not favor a name change she says the Robert E. Lee name has become a lightning rod for hate and unrest.

Wade Eernisse

Harvey has left communities along the Texas Coast unrecognizable.  Three days after it made land fall, some residents are returning home to assess the damage. Wade Eernisse is a car salesman who lives in Woodsboro, in Refugio county.  Woodsboro is  about 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. He fled to Goliad to avoid the storm. When he returned home he found his community had changed.

"The places that I've lived at for the last four years don't look anything like they did before."

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The San Antonio City Council will weigh on whether or not to remove the 118-year-old confederate monument that stands in the center of Travis Park. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said extensive input from citizens who both support and oppose removing the monument has been received.

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Evacuees from the Texas Gulf Coast are arriving in San Antonio as hurricane Harvey prepares to make landfall today. 

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The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are preparing for hurricane Harvey, and that includes providing assistance to any evacuees that will come to the Alamo City.


The city and county activated its Emergency Operations Center Thursday as the threat from Harvey grew. Weather maps on television monitors track the storms every move. Top officials are on site to make essential decisions. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a press conference, forecasters believe this could be a damaging storm.