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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Community Health
11:11 am
Wed January 8, 2014

H-E-B's Slimdown Showdown Gets Under Way, Gives Contestants Incentive To Get Fit

Gene Flores, 36, takes his vitals at the beginning of the competition.
Joey Palacios TPR News

It’s a new year and many people are embarking on fitness goals as resolutions, but a group of 30 people are participating in the fourth installment of a competition by H-E-B to drop the pounds and get in shape.

This is the first week of H-E-B’s 14-week Slimdown Showdown, where 30 participants from around the state are in San Antonio to go through fitcamp, an evaluation of their current fitness level.

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Community Health
3:32 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

This Flu Season Shaping Up To Be One Of The Worst

In Bexar County during the last week of December, the University Health System saw a higher one-week volume of lab-confirmed flu than it saw during any week in the previous two flu seasons.
University Health System

An estimated six people are confirmed dead in Hidalgo County due to the flu -- one pediatric and five adult -- as the flu and flu-like illnesses continue to make their way around the country.

Flu deaths are difficult to confirm as the Texas Department of State Health Services does not require adult deaths to be reported, but Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Karina Cardoza said the county monitored local clinics on their own.

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San Antonio Schools
9:33 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Saldana Calls On Texas Education Agency To Investigate South San ISD

Texas Education Agency

San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña has sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency asking it to investigate the South San Independent School District in light of numerous complaints from concerned parents and citizens.

The district is already on the TEA’s radar, but Saldaña is calling for a full investigation. In a two-page letter, Saldaña cites mismanagement of federal and state money, governance concerns, and the academic performance of students as the reason for his request. Although the city has cannot govern the district, Saldaña wants the state to intervene.

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South San ISD
5:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

South San Board Appoints Interim Superintendent; Accuses Predecessor Of Illegal Raises

Interim Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (right) takes his seat near the board shortly after being selected.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has chosen its fifth superintendent in six years. During the selection it was made known that the previous superintendent may have gifted raises without approval.

The South San Board selected former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to lead the district while a permanent replacement is selected. Mourette Hodge, the district’s recent interim superintendent, stepped down last week without giving reason after being on the job for six months.

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Alternative Energy
9:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

New 167,00 Panel Solar Farm Now In Operation For San Antonio

167,000 of these solar panels cover the 450 acre plot of land a few miles south of San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A new solar farm on the far South Side of San Antonio is now generating electricity for CPS energy.

Just south of loop 410  on Blue Wing Road is a newly built solar farm called Alamo 1. At 453 acres it’s the size 300 foot ball field and can generate enough energy to power 6,600 homes. It’s 167,00 solar panels went online last week, generating 40 megawatts - it’s the first phase of what will be a 400 megawatt project.

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Community
5:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Komodo Dragon, Two Other Reptiles Perish in San Antonio Zoo Fire

The reptile exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo will be closed for at least eight months
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles,  including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.

The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.

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Hour of Code
4:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Roosevelt Students Embark on Coding Program

Roosevelt students sit in the Molly Pruitt Library taking their first hour of coding
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.

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Deportations
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Downtown Protesters Call For An End To Deportation

Protesters line up on the sidewalk on Cesar Chavez.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As part of a national day of action, a small group of protesters in San Antonio on Thursday joined others across the nation in calling for the end of deportations, following a request from several members of Congress.

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Community
5:05 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

C’est La Vie Baking's Grand Opening Food Drive A Big Success

Castle Hills Mayor Bruce Smiley-Kaliff (center) joins Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken in offically opening C'est La Vie Baking Co.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Earlier this week we told you about C’est La Vie Baking (see related story below), which was broken into on Monday, and today was their grand opening.

The burglary didn’t stop the entrepreneurial spirits of Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken, the owners of the bakery. At least 80 people showed up with canned food in hand, a request by the two owners to benefit the food bank. Lowe said the burglary was an eye opener but after taking to social media, the help and community support came pouring in.

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BIbliotech And Service Members
4:42 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Even Overseas, Bexar County Service Members Can Check Out Books From BiblioTech

Joey Palacios TPR News

As Bexar County’s digital bookless library nears three months in operation, service men and women overseas from Bexar County will receive their own library cards in the mail.

Use of BiblioTech is reserved for people who live within Bexar County, even if those people are thousands of miles away. Over the next few weeks, BiblioTech staff are mailing 8000 personal letters to the men and women in the armed forces from Bexar County . In each envelope, a library card with their login information so they can download their own books.

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