Steve Short

Afternoon News Anchor

Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from noon-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.

Prior to joining TPR, Steve was the San Antonio News bureau Chief for Metro Networks, a division of Westwood One. He wrote stories for the wire service and anchored newscasts on numerous radio stations in the area.

In his spare time Steve enjoys camping, canoeing and barbecuing with friends.

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NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou / National Park Service

A wildfire that began Monday afternoon, caused by a downed power line and strong winds, continues to burn in Big Bend National Park near Panther Junction.

About 50 fighters were on the scene Thursday.

“A combination of park firefighters, Los Diablos firefighters, and some engines from our local Texas fire and EMS in Terlingua worked on the blaze,” said park spokesman David Elkowitz. “They have contained it to the South side of the road going to Rio Grande Village and it’s approximately 1537 acres.” The Los Diablos firefighters are from across the border. 

Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Google Fiber are working together to provide free ultra-high speed internet service to public housing units in several cities around the country, including San Antonio.

MartinD / Wikimedia Commons

Hospitals in South Texas could experience a blood shortage in the very near future because of the Zika virus.  The Association of American Blood Banks is recommending people who have traveled to affected countries refrain from giving blood for at least 28 days after returning.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be following these guidelines. 

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement Wednesday after reports that the group “Return of Kings,” which promotes the legalization of rape, plans to hold events this Saturday in multiple cities across Texas:

“This pathetic group and their disgusting viewpoints are not welcome in Texas. I’ve spent much of my career protecting women from such vile and heinous acts, and it won’t be any different on my watch as Governor.”

James Gathany / CDC

There are no confirmed cases of Zika virus originating in the United States, but local healthcare professionals are preparing for potential cases originating from travel to affected areas. Mosquitoes, which carry the virus, are most common in Central and South America and in the Caribbean.