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Joey Palacios

Born and raised in San Antonio, Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an associate of applied science degree in radio and television broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.

Joey started his broadcasting career in 2007 at KSYM-90.1 FM as a DJ and later became program director of the station. After graduation, he interned at  KTSA-550 AM and was hired as a reporter covering elections, breaking news, and the 2011 legislative session.

For TPR, Joey covers a variety of general assignments including breaking news, local school districts, higher education, police, fire, capital improvement, non-profits, health care, community issues and local politics. Joey has also had several stories aired on NPR national newscasts.

When not working, Joey enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and socializing.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the mayors of other major Texas cities are asking the governor to allow them to enact and enforce public health emergency declarations that require the use of face masks.

The coronavirus drama returned to San Antonio when U.S. health officials announced that some passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship docked in Oakland, California, would be flown to Lackland Air Force Base to undergo testing and a quarantine. Some of the evacuees are Texas residents.

More than 100 Diamond Princess cruise ship evacuees were released from federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base on Tuesday. The evacuees' completion of a 14-day quarantine came just as city and county officials declared public health emergencies to delay the evacuees' departure. An updated plan from federal health officials eased city concerns and cleared the way for the evacuees' departure.

The last Democratic presidential candidate from Texas — and the only Latino — has stepped off the political field, nearly one year since the former secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio mayor first entered the race.

The City of San Antonio’s Historic Design and Review Commission has advanced parts of the Alamo’s multi-million dollar redevelopment plan in a 7-4 vote.

The commission approved street improvements, landscaping and a placement for the Cenotaph monument – which is one of the most controversial aspects of the $450 million project. The vote comes less than a week after the Texas General Land Office announced the remains of three bodies found during an archaeological dig.

The remains of three bodies have been unearthed at the Alamo in San Antonio.  The remains were discovered during an archaeological dig as the Alamo undergoes a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

A Bexar County judge has temporarily blocked the start of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave ordinance which was set to begin on Dec. 1.

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Public health policies are a big part of running big cities, and Dallas and San Antonio are being recognized for doing just that.

CityHealth, a nonprofit that evaluates local health priorities of the country’s largest cities, recently awarded the cities with gold stars for enacting public health policies that improve overall wellbeing for residents.

The pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where a gunman killed more than two dozen people in 2017, announced Sunday that he planned to enter political life as a Republican in 2020.

Many El Pasoans are grieving through their own spiritual and religious traditions following the mass shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 people on Aug. 3. 

A memorial outside the store first began as a few flowers and candles but has grown into a massive display of community support. Dozens of posters line the fence above hundreds of religious candles and people continue to share their own methods of comfort. 

Texas Democrats gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch fellow Texans participate in both presidential primary debates.

About a dozen members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus toured three migrant detention facilities near El Paso on Monday as part of an investigation.

Members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs dedicated their new home and formally opened its doors on Sunday.

The Texas attorney general informed San Antonio's mayor and city council on Thursday that his office will investigate the city's decision to ban Chick-fil-A from a concession deal at San Antonio International Airport.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled against the City of San Antonio in a long-standing breach of contract lawsuit over the Hays Street Bridge.

The chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party has requested an FBI investigation into what she says are financial discrepancies that took place before she took office last summer.

A group of activists delivered petitions to several Bexar County judges on Thursday calling for the elimination of the use of cash bail or bond for people waiting to appear before a judge. The push for bail reform is a call to help the poor and indigent who are unable to pay bail, which in some cases can be only several hundred dollars or less.

The Texas Organizing Project delivered 25,000 online petitions. A little more than 10 percent of the signatures were from Bexar County residents. About half were from Texas and the rest from other states.

The San Antonio City Council has approved tighter rules for dockless vehicles like electric scooters throughout the city. They're in addition to an existing pilot program.

The congregation of about 1,700 Central American migrants in Piedras Negras, Mexico, this week sparked a swift response from the U.S. Hundreds of Army soldiers and law enforcement personnel tightened security measures in Eagle Pass. Residents accustomed to easy passage between two nations experienced long waits on the bridges, body searches, diminished commerce and unease over the sudden show of armed force in their small town.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg will be in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the second State of the Union Address delivered by President Donald Trump.


Solving San Antonio’s transportation needs before the city receives one million more residents by 2040 is the goal of ConnectSA, a non-profit created by the county and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.


The San Antonio Police Department is exploring the option of releasing low-level offenders instead of arresting them on site.


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Fitch, an international credit rating agency, has downgraded San Antonio’s credit to AA+.

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Four San Antonio women, who were falsely accused of sexually assaulting two young girls in 1994, have had their convictions expunged by a Bexar County judge.

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One year ago, a gunman burst into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It's been a year of recovery and learning to live without the two dozen people who died in the attack.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush signed a resolution Tuesday agreeing to changes to the Alamo grounds.

The master plan calls for closing streets around the Alamo, creating a museum, and relocating the Cenotaph monument that honors defenders to another spot in the plaza – a proposal that generated some public opposition.

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A 36-year-old Laredo man has been charged with human smuggling after 54 immigrants were found Tuesday night in a refrigerated trailer on the northeast side of San Antonio, near Broadway and Loop 410. It’s the third time a trailer carrying migrants in the country illegally was found in the Alamo City since last July.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It's summer in Texas, and that’s got many people heading for their nearest pool, or, as tradition has it, the Gulf. But one of the state’s most beloved beach getaway destinations, Port Aransas, took what amounts to a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey in August, and the town’s still bouncing back.

The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs broke ground at the site of a new church on Saturday, six months after a gunman killed more than two dozen people during Sunday services.

Sutherland Springs residents and family members gathered in a football stadium Wednesday night to hear words of support from Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Even though anguish and sorrow hang over the community,” Abbott said, “we will not be overcome by evil. Together we will overcome evil with good.”

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