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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Higher Education Funding
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching its own crowdfunding website and UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said it is likely the first university in the state to do so.

UTSA is taking the online individual-donor approach used on platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to fund some of its own projects. 

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Síclovía
5:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Get Ready For Siclovia This Sunday In Southtown

Cyclists approach Alamo Plaza during Síclovía in September 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

 

The sixth semi-annual Síclovía will turn roadways into bike lanes this weekend as thousands of San Antonians are expected to flock to the streets.

San Antonio’s Síclovía started in October 2011 and is based off a similar event in the country of Colombia. The streets are shut down to give cyclists and runners a clear path to exercise.

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South San ISD
4:06 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

South San ISD Names Fifth Superintendent In Three Years

South San Board President Helen Madla signs the contract for newly hired superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (center)
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has a new superintendent after a fierce discussion last night where two board members voted against the measure over salary. Abelardo Saavedra is the fifth person to take charge of the district in three years.

In a 4-2 vote, South San’s Board of Trustees hired former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. The opposition to the salary came from board members Rose Marie Martinez and Joseph Savage.

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Housing
12:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

San Antonio's Housing Market Shifts To Seller's Market

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio’s housing industry is continuing to be a seller’s market due to a slight shortage in available homes.

San Antonio’s housing inventory remained low in February, with about 4.2 months worth of available homes remaining. Anytime that falls below 6 months it constitutes a seller’s market.

Missy Stagers, chairperson of SABOR, says the shift in the market is a reverse from previous years

“Back after the boom of 2006, 2007 and the [following] foreclosure market, we had a larger supply of houses than we actually had for demand,” Stagers said.

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2014 Primary Election
1:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Both Parties Head To Runoff In Bexar County Precinct 4 Race

Precinct 4 candidates. Clockwise from top left: Tommy Calvert (D); Debra Guerrero (D); Timothy Wilson (R); Alan Baxter (R). Campaign photos compiled by Joey Palacios/TPR News.
Campaign Photos

The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.

Democrats:

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Activist Carlos Soto holds a flag infront of the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Following Federal Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling that Texas' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a group of gay rights activists took to the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to celebrate the invalidation of the law.

The cold and the rainy weather did not discourage at least thirty supporters of the decision. The ruling does not immediately allow for same-sex marriages to take place, but Trisha Stuart, a participant in the rally, said it’s a step forward.

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Education
1:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

CPS Energy Grant Helps Jefferson Students Study Renewable Energy

Junior Chris Harrison (left) demonstrates how the model ethanol plant creates the usable fuel.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Thanks to a grant from CPS Energy, students at Jefferson High School are using state-of-the-art equipment to study renewable energy before their senior year. The program is part of the school’s architecture & environmental studies magnet.

In Blu Odam’s advanced energy and environmental technology class, his six students have been studying how to generate renewable energy.

“Wind energy, solar energy, biofuels which includes bio-diesel and ethanol, and hydro energy which includes damns and water falls,” Odam explained.

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Internet
5:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

San Antonio Selected As Potential Google Fiber Network Site

Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber in Austin, stands with city leaders at the initial announcement of Fiber
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Google Fiber has selected San Antonio as one of nine metro areas to potentially receive its super fast internet connection.

With the ability to download 1 gigabyte per second, it’s already 100 times faster than what’s available for most homes in San Antonio. Google and the city announced that plans to bring Google Fiber to the Alamo city are in motion.

“It’ll mean faster internet speeds and also competition that will create lower rates so access is more affordable," said Mayor Julián Castro. "That’s good for business, it’s good for education.”

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Community Health
12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

City Opens Baby Cafe, Encourages New Mothers To Breastfeed

Blanca Trevino and her son, Jay Anthony Mata, join Annette and Mareya Rangel at the opening day of the Baby Café.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Metropolitan Health is opening Baby Café to help new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.

The goal of the new center is to increase breastfeeding rates in San Antonio. It looks more like a massage parlor than a doctor’s office and that’s the point.

“It’s a drop-in center that’s got couches and places for women to sit back and enjoy themselves and feel at ease," said Jennifer Herriot, the assistant director of community health at MetroHealth.

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Bexar County
4:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Domestic Partner Benefits Approved For Bexar County Employees

Commissioner Kevin Wolff talks to the press after the decision to pass the benefits provision.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.

The county is calling it a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” benefits package. It’s essentially the same as domestic partnership benefits only under a different name. The provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

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