Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

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. 

A sign directing people to testing at the Freeman Coliseum.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Two new drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations open this week on the west and south sides of San Antonio. City officials say the new test sites will provide accessible testing in underserved and minority communities.

Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

As of mid-April, almost two dozen detention deputies, several civilian employees and almost a dozen inmates at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials. It’s the latest turn in the story of how the pandemic has affected sheriff's deputies and the county jail’s inmate population, changed the jail's daily operations and reprioritized who stays behind bars and who does not.

AP Photo/Eric Gay

The San Antonio Food Bank is in dire need of monetary donations and volunteers as demand on its food stock has doubled during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The mayor of San Antonio and the Bexar County judge both emphasized on Wednesday their no-tolerance approach to any defiance of the emergency order to close nonessential businesses and keep people home and safe.

Courtesy VIA Metropolitan Transit

A VIA bus driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to an internal letter sent to VIA employees.  

A group of musicians perform. Now that San Antonio has enacted stay-at-home orders, gigs are much harder to come by for mariachi bands.
Javier Vela

Many San Antonio musicians — including rockers, head bangers and country crooners — are struggling financially as most public venues they perform in are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Courtesy photo

A San Antonio-based nurse said a North Texas hospital fired her for wearing a medical mask that she used to protect herself during the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

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.  

Texas Public Radio

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.