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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. 

Blue Hole spring
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Record-setting rainfall has an ancient spring on grounds near the University of the Incarnate Word flowing again, according to its caretakers.

Lion's Park on Sept. 18, 2018
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San Antonio has declared war on mosquito swarms after recent rains, according to the city’s Metro Health District.

San Antonio Food Bank exterior in September 2018
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The San Antonio Food Bank reports its food inventory has dropped to a 10-year low and donations are badly needed.

Poverty is the main cause of demand on the food bank, according to Michael Guerra, the food bank’s chief development officer.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services set 2018 poverty levels at $12,140 for individuals, at $16,460 for a family of two, and $25,100 for a family of four.

Guerra said it's probably not surprising poverty is the number one cause of hunger, but what is surprising is what he calls the “hidden hungry.”

Contributed photo / Texas Department of Transportation

Indian tribes with possible ties to Frio County around 1,000 years ago are being contacted by state officials to determine what to do with the remains of a Native American found under a bridge, according to the Anthropology Center at Texas State University in San Marcos.


San Antonio police officer Arthur Perez, left; pecan shellers strike; published in the Light on Feb. 11, 1938.
The Light Collection / UTSA Libraries Special Collections

In honor of Labor Day, this is a story many San Antonians might have never heard of: the 1938 pecan shellers’ strike.

Javier Gutierrez, part owner of Del Bravo Records Aug. 21, 2018
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Updated 3:25 p.m.

A family that runs a West Side record shop on Old Highway 90 is celebrating the recent decision by the city to declare the neighborhood a Cultural Heritage District.

Northwest Vista College
Contributed photo / Northwest Vista College

More than 98,000 students return to classes Monday at Northeast Lakeview, Northwest Vista, Palo Alto, St. Philip's and San Antonio colleges.

Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

More than 31,000 students at the University of Texas at San Antonio return to classes on Tuesday on the main and the downtown campuses, according to a UTSA news release.

Low water crossing in Oakland Estates
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The peak of hurricane season has arrived for San Antonio and South Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reports August and September are two of the busiest months for tropical storms to move inland from the Gulf of Mexico.


Contributed photo / San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department

While there are no big profits for businesses in recycling, there are benefits companies might be overlooking, according to a marketing manager with the city’s solid waste management department.