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Brian Kirkpatrick

General Assignment Reporter

Brian Kirkpatrick has been a journalist in Texas most of his life, covering San Antonio news since 1993, including the deadly October 1998 flooding, the arrival of the Toyota plant in 2003, and the base closure and realignments in 2005. 

He also served as news director and anchor at KTSA and Metro Networks, and was previously the "Morning Edition" anchor at Texas Public Radio. His early career included work as a news anchor and production assistant for the Texas State News Network/Dallas Cowboys Radio Network in Dallas, from 1988-1993. During his years at TSN, he helped cover the Luby’s mass shooting in Killeen and the Branch Davidian standoff at Mount Carmel. Kirkpatrick read his first newscast on a small radio station in the Hill Country as a teenager in 1981.

Brian returns to reporting after teaching high school journalism at Harlandale High School in San Antonio for the past seven years. 

The San Antonio Zoo has more than 1 million visitors every year, but this spring, they've closed their doors until further notice. The zoo has had to furlough half of its staff, leaving only those who care directly for the animals.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has laid off much of its staff and is closed until further notice, according to zoo officials. In fact, the only employees still working are those who directly care for the animals.

Courtesy Animal Care Services

Many San Antonio charities and assistance organizations are not accepting volunteers as social distancing continues. Donations are needed to help them weather through.

After cities, counties and states restricted restaurants to take-out only, businesses emphasized curbside pickup and drive-through options.
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

Grocery stores, drug stores, phone companies, restaurants and food delivery companies continue to make adjustments to business practices during the coronavirus crisis

A three-day blood drive at the Alamodome hopes to end a critical blood shortage in San Antonio.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Tuesday was the first day of a three-day blood drive at the Alamodome to end a critical blood shortage in the city.  

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San Antonio awaited the arrival of dozens of California cruise ship passengers to begin a two-week quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base, and worries continued to swirl around the fate of Fiesta.

Sheriff Salazar and wife Sarah celebrate election night at watch party at The Backyard on Broadway.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

As of 3:30 a.m., all county results were available but were not tallied accumulatively. 

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar easily finished at the top in the Democratic primary this Super Tuesday, and former longtime Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff finished on top of the field of Republican sheriff’s candidates.

A U.S. soldier prays during a ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan September 11, 2015.
Mohammad Ismail | Reuters

Texas veterans of the war in Afghanistan hope a treaty between the U.S. and the Taliban will end two decades of fighting and bring a sense of closure. But they have doubts about whether the peace will last and whether the progress made in recent years to improve the lives of Afghan women will hold.

Javier "Jaguar" Gutierrez was an Army Sergeant 1st Class from San Antonio. He was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 8.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday at Community Bible Church to celebrate the life of Javier Gutierrez, a San Antonio soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.  

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

City and federal health officials confirmed Friday that two people evacuated from the cruise ship Diamond Princess and brought to Lackland Air Force Base carried the COVID-19 infection.

Mobile home parks are closing at an alarming rate in San Antonio, and a new report highlights the reasons behind these closures that threaten an already vulnerable population.