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.

Ways To Connect

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  Drop into the area around the Westside of San Antonio, near the County Jail, and there sits Haven for Hope. At any given time, it can assist about 2,000 people in its overnight courtyard or long-term housing program. Since it opened in 2010, the San Antonio institution has helped more than 2,200 people escape homelessness.

Fans buzz on a hot June afternoon as some of the Haven’s patrons sleep on the ground or walk through Prospect’s Courtyard. It’s a place for the homeless, but CEO Mark Carmona says it’s not a homeless shelter.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

  The elections are over and the San Antonio City Council has the same council members and mayor it had before voters went to the polls.  The big question ahead of everyone now though, is whether council members that supported candidates that lost could still work together. 

During the elections, some council members openly supported Ivy Taylor. Others backed Leticia Van De Putte.  On Saturday, at her victory party, mayor-elect Taylor said the division was water under the bridge.

Courtesy: National Weather Service

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:

The eye of Tropical Storm Bill is currently near Victoria, Texas,  after making landfall at Matagorda Bay. National Weather Service Meteorologist Aaron Treadway told TPR News Bill will lose some power by the time it makes its way to San Antonio and Central Texas.  

“By the time [the eye] gets up here it will be a tropical depression. As we get closer to that circulation it will be more of a constant rain as that circulation moves from the coast north through the state of Texas,” he said. 

The mayor’s race has gotten all the attention, but San Antonio voters will also decide on a representative for City Council District 7 in the June 13 run-off election.


Incumbent Council Member Cris Medina faces challenger Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez, who temporarily held Medina’s seat last year when he took a leave of absence.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio's two mayoral run-off candidates, Leticia Van De Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, tried to distinguish themselves before an audience at UTSA last night. The debate produced fireworks when the candidates questioned each other's ethics.   

The topics of the debate hosted by Time Warner Cable News, UTSA, and the Express-News included infrastructure, home appraisals, and why the two changed their minds about running for the mayor’s seat; initially both promised not to run. However the most sparks went off when the candidates asked each other their own questions.