Vince Kong

Digital News Editor | Producer

Vince Kong comes to Texas Public Radio after working for about a decade in print, including stints in the Midwest, Northwest and Southwest.

Prior to relocating to Texas, Vince served as a digital editor for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and for the NPR affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Before that, he spent roughly seven years as a reporter at the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico.

Originally from Chicago, Vince graduated with a bachelor's degree in English/creative writing from the University of Montana.

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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

At least 26 people are dead after a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Lynda Gonzalez / KUT

Updated at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 12

Of the roughly 20 wounded, nine patients were brought to University Hospital after Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Three children and two adults remain, ranging in age from 4 to 57. Their conditions range from serious to critical.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

Updated at 2 p.m. Tuesday

According to authorities, the autopsy of Texas shooter, Devin Kelley, has found that he was struck by three bullets before he died – two from an “armed civilian,” in the leg and torso, and one in the head, which is consistent with being self-inflicted.

Updated at 5:37 p.m. with a statement from San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg

The San Antonio Police Department detective accused of mishandling 130 special victims unit cases has been fired.

In a statement from City Manager Sheryl Sculley, she said Detective Kenneth Valdez was given due process following state and federal law.

The city revealed the mishandling of the cases last week, saying Valdez was responsible for not following through with these cases.

She has promised the city attorney’s office will review each case.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lamar Smith, whose district runs through parts of Austin and San Antonio will not seek reelection in 2018.

Smith’s office confirms the Republican congressman will not be on the ballot during the 2018 election.