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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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File Photo: A group of migrants released by ICE in 2019 required assistance from the city and local charities in getting to their final destinations or temporary hotel stays.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Migrant families released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley will come to San Antonio in the coming days. Some families were exposed to COVID-19 while detained by ICE, and must quarantine for 14 days.

San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh during the 2019 interview process to select a new city manager.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s proposed 2021 budget is $2.9 billion. It’s flat with no growth due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley (right) retired in early 2019 after being city manger for 13 years. Here she sits with her mother at her retirment ceremony.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley will release a book later this summer called Greedy Bastards: One City’s Texas-Sized Struggle To Avoid Financial Crisis.

A medical worker administers a nasal swab to a baby at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) near the hospital in Laval, in Mayenne department, France, July 15, 2020.
Stephane Mahe | Reuters

Nueces County confirmed 85 babies have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic hit the United States in March. The children are among the 8,400 confirmed cases in the Corpus Christi area.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks at a COVID-19 briefing on July 16, 2020 about a backlog that led to more than 5,000 cases being reported in one day.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Metro Health added a staggering 5,501 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday night. Of those cases, 691 are actually new and the remainder are attributed to a state backlog of test reporting.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit have reached an agreement on calling an election for a proposed sales tax that would fund both transit and COVID-19 relief.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Friday was the last day to cast an early vote for next week’s primary runoff elections.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

VIA Metropolitan Transit will seek a sales tax election this November. The board voted unanimously Thursday morning to inform the City of San Antonio and Bexar County of its intent to send the issue of a 1/8th cent sales tax to voters. 

Courtesy VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Metropolitan Transit may ask voters this November to approve a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to help secure its financial future. The 1/8th of a cent currently funds aquifer protection and the linear creekway trail system. It expires next year and is now up for grabs.

The VIA board will vote formally on the issue Thursday morning.

San Antonio Police Department

Calls for police reform continued Saturday as the San Antonio City Council’s Public Safety Committee held its final community listening session.