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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. 

Transportation & Capital Improvements / San Antonio

It was 20 years ago this week that a flood caused 25 deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Nearly 16 inches of rain fell across the region in just five days, but much of San Antonio was spared, according to a city official.


Carter Brown / Maverick Carter House

The historic Maverick-Carter House has opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday.



The archbishop of San Antonio announced Wednesday a list of priests in the archdiocese "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of minors will be released by Jan. 31.

Artist rendering of Hardberger Park land bridge
Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy

City officials gathered Saturday for the groundbreaking of a $23 million land bridge that will connect both sides of Phil Hardberger Park on the North Side.

Bart Drees / Texas Agrilife Extension Service


The death of hundreds of innocent butterflies is nothing to feel good about. But there are just so many of them.


San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, front, discusses the new federal courthouse.  Pictured in back, from left, are congressmen Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Will Hurd, R-Texas; and Tom Graves, R-Georgia; and judges Nelson Wolff and Xavier Rodriguez. 9/24/18
Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

Local and federal officials announced plans Monday for a new $117 million federal courthouse to be built downtown on West Nueva Street, across from the San Antonio Public Safety headquarters.  

Blue Hole spring
Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

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
Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

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
Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio News

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.