Louisa Jonas

Reporter

Louisa Jonas is a reporter for Texas Public Radio whose previous experience includes work as an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered

Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast.

 

Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change.

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There’s a summer camp in Center Point, Texas that accepts kids who can’t attend other camps. The Children’s Association for Maximum Potential camp, or Camp CAMP, welcomes almost 900 children each year with a range of disabilities. Some campers have flown in from as far away as Japan.

Texas Travel

The Bexar County Appraisal District has received about seventy thousand appraisal protests so far and is expecting a total of one hundred thousand, about the same number as last year.

 

 

 

The protest deadline was May 31st, but the Appraisal District, is still processing mailed in protests. Mike Amezquita is the Chief Appraiser.  He says if homeowners aren’t keeping up with real estate transactions in their neighborhoods, they may not know what their homes are actually worth.

Metro Health

Metro Health is offering free vaccines this summer to 11 and 12-year-olds participating in the Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program.  

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San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Food Bank are asking the community for donations to feed hungry students this summer. Summer is the highest time of need for the Food Bank and for more than 200,000 local kids. They receive free or reduced meals at school but lack resources during weekends and school holidays.

Popovich says the need for meals has doubled from last year.

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The new city council member-elect for District 2 in San Antonio says public safety will be a top priority.

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