Paul Flahive

Producer - "The Source"

Paul Flahive is the producer for Texas Public Radio's award winning live, call-in program, "The Source." He has worked in public radio on and off since he before graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and political science. While there he worked for the local public radio station, WSUI/KSUI, as a production assistant on their show "Talk of Iowa" as well as a reporter and host for weekend programs. 

Paul's love of the audio feature led him east to work for the Third Coast International Audio Festival as an assistant, which was part of Chicago Public Radio at the time. From there he moved to Alaska to run a journalism-based, after-school program for teenagers called the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Taking a break from full-time journalism, he ran an outreach program for homeless youth and victims of human trafficking for Covenant House Alaska.

A quick tour as show runner for the live show Arctic Entries led him back to radio.

As producer of "The Source," Paul was honored with two 2015 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, one for Best Talk Program and the other for Best Public Affairs Segment.

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Update: 9:40 p.m.

Ivy Taylor becomes San Antonio's first elected African-American Mayor.

Update 9:35 p.m. 

Texas Public Radio's Shelley Kofler has reported that former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte has conceded, saying she was proud of the race they ran. 

TPR's Joey Palacios reports the crowds at now Mayor Ivy Taylor's watch party going wild. With 96 percent of San Antonio's votes counted, Taylor captured 49,430 or 52 percent of the vote to Van de Putte's 48 percent.

With that, Ivy Taylor becomes the first elected African-American Mayor of San Antonio. 


State of Texas DPS

Every year Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc, a 40-year old nonprofit dedicated to improving investigative reporting gives away a dubious distinction, The Golden Padlock.


The Golden Padlock is given to the least accessible, most secretive and impressively impervious individuals and agencies working in government.


Texas' own Department of Public Safety made the finalists for 2015. They lost to the Massachusetts State Police, but were one of the final 5 and Mark Horvit executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)--also a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism--tells us DPS was nominated by numerous media organizations, both state and national, for their handling of the details of their border security plan.


In many cases, media complaints dealt with the run of the mill stonewalling law enforcement agencies across the country are known for, but DPS also was known for aggressively protesting media coverage directly to lawmakers, sometimes before the articles were even published.


We invited DPS to come on our program, but they declined sending the following statement from spokesperson Tom Vinger:


We are proud of the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) – including those involved in border operations – who willingly risk their lives every day protecting the people of this state.

Ryan E. Poppe

The city of San Antonio added $320,000 to outfit 251, or a little more than ten percent, of San Antonio Police officers with body cameras in mid-May. That came after a pilot program which ended late last year, and the new cameras are expected to be rolled out in 2016. Now SAPD wants to outfit more than 1,000 officers with the cameras, but they are going to need a lot of help, about$1.2 million worth of help to pay for it. 

What does it mean in economic terms to be in the minority? 

Historical factors both social and legal have led to policies excluding groups, or creating winners and losers with the defining line being racial. 

In his new book "The Economics of Race in the United States," Columbia University Professor, and much-published economist, Brendan O'Flaherty brings us a wealth of data-driven facts on how race still matters in America.


Brendan O'Flaherty

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Low funding levels have for years left Texas Parks & Wildlife delaying maintenance on the state's more than 90 parks, but that is about to change.

A long-battled piece of legislation aimed at directing more sales tax from sporting goods purchases to Texas' parks passed and was signed by Gov. Abbott late last month.