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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. 

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.


Geekdom studio during recorded program as part of the Innovation Rodeo.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Eight teams from across the globe pitched their innovative ideas to transform the Air Force at the Geekdom studio in downtown San Antonio on Friday.

A lioness at the San Antonio Zoo predicted this year's Super Bowl champion. Two boxes painted with the two teams' logos and colors were filled with meat and vegetables and presented to the lioness Thursday morning.
San Antonio Zoo

The Kansas City Chiefs will beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday. Or at least, that's what a lioness at the San Antonio Zoo predicts.

Williams, then 17, in a passport photo shortly after liberation.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

This Monday marks 75 years since the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army. The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio has developed four days of special programs, including lectures from survivors or children of survivors in observation of Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week.  

Winery co-owner Julie Kuhlken shows off stored wine barrels at Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall, Texas area.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

This semester, Palo Alto College introduced a new associate’s degree program called Applied Science in Viticulture and Enology. 

Volunteer Rocky Rodriguez sterilizes large cooking pots in preparation for Friday's Cowboy Breakfast.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

One day in 1979, a traffic reporter spotted smoke coming from the parking lot of Central Park Mall. But instead of finding fire, the reporter found something else: free tacos.


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

Michelle Barrientes Vela — a former Precinct 2 constable who is running for sheriff — has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, according to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

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