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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An eight-year San Antonio Police Department officer has died after spending more than seven months in a coma. Officer Ernesto Vasquez died on Sunday, according to Police Chief William McManus.

The chief says Officer Vasquez was injured in a hit-and-run while he was off-duty on New Year’s Eve. “He’s been in a convalescing home for the last several months and never really came out of his coma, so we had hoped for the best that he would come around but it never happened.”

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Police are considering policy changes following more sniper-style killings of police officers. Police Chief William McManus hinted at the changes at a gun violence forum Sunday.

Following fatal attacks on police in Dallas and now Baton Rouge, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Sunday he’s taking steps to protect his forces.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

A San Antonio foundation has made a $200,000 donation to the families of Dallas officers slain and wounded in last week's police ambush.

The George and Kim Rapier Foundation donated the money through San Antonio's 100 Club which raises money for the families of fallen officers. Richard Miller is the club president.

“We will research the needs of the families in Dallas as well as the injured, as well as the children and as a board they will sit down together and research the best use of this money to be good stewards.”

Katie Schoolov / KPBS

This week on Fronteras:  

  • After five officers are gunned down in Dallas, an interfaith memorial service inspires thought provoking remarks from the president.  
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It was a Tim Duncan created environment that allowed his teammates on the San Antonio Spurs to be the best players they could be.  Those are the words of Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich.  Popovich, who often holds short interactions with the media, did not hold back on his appreciation for Duncan.

At the Spurs Training Center Tuesday, Popovich said Duncan was never one to hold a press conference about himself. “So this is the furthest thing from his mind, so I figured better come out here and do this and somehow say goodbye to him which is an impossibility.”