Joey Palacios

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.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the mayors of other major Texas cities are asking the governor to allow them to enact and enforce public health emergency declarations that require the use of face masks.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff are firing back at Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over a letter Paxton’s office sent them claiming the city and county’s public health orders are unlawful and unconstitutional.

A steady stream of cars, trucks and golf carts drove along the sand of Port Aransas’ beaches on Saturday morning. Along the water, beachgoers set up canopies and chairs.

Update, Tuesday April 7: There are now eight deaths reported at the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

On Sunday, April 5, a third resident death was reported at the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions.

A San Antonio nursing home has seen nearly 70 of its residents test positive for COVID-19. The outbreak at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has sent shockwaves of alarm throughout local and county government and attracted national attention.

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

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.

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.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop in San Antonio Thursday night along with her previous rival and now supporter Julian Castro.

The remains of three bodies have been unearthed at the Alamo in San Antonio.  The remains were discovered during an archaeological dig as the Alamo undergoes a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

Calls for uniting America -- and for gun reform -- echoed through the streets of El Paso Saturday. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) organized a march a week after a mass shooting rocked the heavily Latino city.

Texas Democrats gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch fellow Texans participate in both presidential primary debates.

About a dozen members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus toured three migrant detention facilities near El Paso on Monday as part of an investigation.

Updated 4:36 p.m.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit in Travis County district court against San Antonio, its police department, chief of police and city manager, to require their compliance with Senate Bill 4, which prohibits sanctuary cities in Texas, according to a news release.


After three years of public input and revisions, the Alamo Master Plan goes before the San Antonio City Council Thursday.

Alamo Plaza is one step closer to a complete redevelopment.