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Louisa Jonas


Louisa Jonas was a reporter for Texas Public Radio. She left the organization in July, 2017. Her previous experience includes work as an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered

Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast.


Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change.

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Jay Porter / U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The federal government has been steadily increasing the number of veterans it employs since President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2009 to do so. Yesterday, local veterans actively seeking federal employment gathered in San Antonio to learn about opportunities. 

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Native San Antonians and tourists alike flock to the River Walk for dining and recreation. But during the off season, every couple years the San Antonio River Authority drains the waterway, and that’s taking place right now along the city’s River Walk and Museum Reach. 

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Some TCU fans in San Antonio for Saturday's Alamo Bowl believe their team can still defeat Oregon, despite the arrest of their star quarterback Trevone Boykin.

TCU Coach Gary Patterson suspended Boykin from playing in Saturday's Alamo Bowl after he was charged with felony assault for striking an officer early Thursday morning outside a San Antonio bar.

By Intothewoods29 / via Wikimedia Commons


In South Texas it’s almost a given that tamales will be served with the holiday meal. Tamales at Christmas are like ham or lobster in other parts of the country. 

My name is Avraham Scheinberg, and I’m assistant rabbi here in San Antonio at a congregation, Rodfei Sholom. Some interesting things that we do on Chanukah— obviously we do the regular: lighting the menorah; play dreidel; we have latkes; my wife makes amazing Sufganiyot, Chanukah donuts with jelly.

  My name is Reverend Robert Woody, the reverend at Church of Reconciliation. The holiday tradition that comes to my mind is, for a long time we have been setting aside an evening to watch the old version of A Christmas Carol with Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Some Texas politicians have recently questioned the goals of the U.N.’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.  Rep. Lamar Smith, from San Antonio, and Sen. Ted Cruz are among those who don’t believe human activity is causing the planet to heat up.

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  In the past decade the non-profit Green Spaces Alliance has created at least 40 community gardens in San Antonio.  


Suzanne Young, program manager for Bigtooth Maples for Boerne, was out on a recent weekend with the Native Plant Society giving away 141 maple trees.