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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. 

Docks are high and dry after a spill gate failure at Lake Dunlap in May 2019.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Lake Dunlap property owners filled an exhibit hall at the New Braunfels Convention Center to hear details of a $24 million plan to replace a failed spill gate that led to the lake’s draining in May.

A death mask belonging to Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús, an early missionary to south Texas who founded Mission San José.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The new Bexar Heritage Center showcases the county’s 300-year-old history.  

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Summer temperatures roasted South Texas and the Hill Country this weekend, but a cold front at the beginning and end of this coming week may finally bring refreshing fall weather to the region.

Selena's grave in Corpus Christi.
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It’s not known when or where the next festival that celebrates the life of the “Queen of Tejano Music” — Selena — will be held. Her family has not granted the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau permission to hold another one. 


The TexNet Seismic Monitoring Network use seismometers to track earthquakes across Texas.
Bureau of Economic Geology | University of Texas at Austin

Emergency managers from Bexar and surrounding counties gathered Thursday for a workshop to help them prepare for natural disasters; not for floods or tornadoes or hurricanes — but for earthquakes.


Son's Island at Lake Placid.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority managers could be in court by December to answer questions about plans to drain four lakes to relieve water pressure on old spill gates. Agreements were reached between opposing attorneys in state district court in Seguin on Wednesday.


Deputy Constable Alex Chavez stands outside of his patrol unit.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Constables are as old as Texas — with jobs being created to help patrol the frontier. But some Bexar County leaders are questioning the relevance of the position, especially after the FBI raided the office of Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela this week.


Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

When Michelle Barrientes Vela announced she intends to run for sheriff in 2020, she triggered her eventual resignation as Bexar County Constable for Precinct 2. That's the finding of District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela defended herself during a news conference Monday, several hours after Texas Rangers and FBI agents raided her Gilbeau Road office.

No charges have been filed and no arrests were made.

Sheriff Salazar speaks at a press conference following the accidental releases of two inmates.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

After two inmates were mistakenly released from the Bexar County Jail within 24 hours of each other this week, Judge Nelson Wolff is calling on the sheriff to hire a new jail administrator.

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