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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Studies show as many as half of all job applications and resumes contain false claims. Rachel Dolezal resigned this week from her job leading the NAACP of Spokane, Washington for lying about her race. Every year we hear about someone being let go because of faked credentials, but most fibs on applications aren't so stark. And when you are desperate for the interview, people will go to great lengths.

According to ongoing research at the university of Texas San Antonio, lying may not affect the outcome of your getting the interview as much as previously thought. Lying and likability balance one another in a pivotal way.

 What can you get away with embellishing, what can't you, and where is the line?

The success of Port San Antonio is critical to the local economy. It is estimated that the economic impact is about $4 billion a years. The port has attracted some of the biggest names in aerospace from Boeing to Northrop Grumman, while maintaining a large contingent of Air Force employees. 

How does Port San Antonio maintain and grow this increasingly competitive industry?


  • Roland Mower, President and CEO of Port San Antonio
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In 2011, the price of cotton doubled, sending the commodity on a roller-coaster ride and hitting a 150-year high, not seen since the American Civil War, when it reached more than $2 a pound.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

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.