Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Joey Palacios

Local Government Reporter

Born and raised in San Antonio, Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an associate of applied science degree in radio and television broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.

Joey started his broadcasting career in 2007 at KSYM-90.1 FM as a DJ and later became program director of the station. After graduation, he interned at  KTSA-550 AM and was hired as a reporter covering elections, breaking news, and the 2011 legislative session.

For TPR, Joey covers a variety of general assignments including breaking news, local school districts, higher education, police, fire, capital improvement, non-profits, health care, community issues and local politics. Joey has also had several stories aired on NPR national newscasts.

When not working, Joey enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and socializing.

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Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Unemployment in San Antonio could hit up to 14% this month according to projections from the City of San Antonio. There’s also a drop in revenue expected for the city’s 2020 budget amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

A photo of an empty Market Sqaure on March 20, 2020.
Nathan Cone | Texas Public Radio

Officials with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have issued "Stay Home, Work Safe" orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. The orders by the city and county were issued simultaneously.

The stay-at-home order will go into place on Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. and — pending city council approval — will last until April 9, at 11:59 p.m.

Jolene Almendarez / Texas Public Radio

Update: Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday, March 19 to temporarily close all schools, bars, restaurants and gyms in Texas. This limits food service to takeout and delivery orders only amid COVID-19 concerns. 

San Antonio and Bexar County's respective declarations were issued on Wednesday, March 18.


San Antonio’s District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez will self-quarantine after returning from Colombia on Sunday. The decision came after city manager Erik Walsh requested all city employees returning from overseas trips undergo a 14-day quarantine in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Nearly 100 passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Tuesday night, and more passengers were expected to land on Wednesday.

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced Sunday he would self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The coronavirus drama returned to San Antonio when U.S. health officials announced that some passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship docked in Oakland, California, would be flown to Lackland Air Force Base to undergo testing and a quarantine. Some of the evacuees are Texas residents.

A typical baby changing station that can be found in public restrooms. |
Mike Mozart

Baby changing stations will now be required in new and remodeled public restrooms.

Ryan Loyd | Texas Public Radio

The Archdiocese of San Antonio recommended parishes alter procedures for Mass following the declarations of public health emergencies by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

More than 100 Diamond Princess cruise ship evacuees were released from federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base on Tuesday. The evacuees' completion of a 14-day quarantine came just as city and county officials declared public health emergencies to delay the evacuees' departure. An updated plan from federal health officials eased city concerns and cleared the way for the evacuees' departure.