Ryan Loyd

News Reporter

Ryan Loyd is Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter who brings more than a decade of news experience back to his hometown.

Ryan began reporting at KGNB radio in New Braunfels, followed by KTSA. He worked in television news in Joplin, MO, San Antonio, Sherman, Texas, and Austin.

Since joining TPR in October 2011, Ryan has covered stories of local, state and national interest including the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address.

Ryan especially enjoys reporting on in-depth issues like the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom, the ongoing conversation into redeveloping Alamo Plaza, the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sex scandal, and numerous city issues. Ryan is a regular contributor to NPR News.

Two stories Ryan reported in 2013 received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists-Ft. Worth Chapter. In the Green News category, the organization honored Ryan with an award for his coverage of the Bracken Bat Cave and a proposed development that threatened the maternal colony's existence. The story was also featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." In the Opening the Books category, Ryan's story, Brooks City-Base is in Business, received recognition for exploring how far the old Air Force base has come in revitalizing the area after the base was closed.

For his coverage in 2012, Ryan won a Michael E. DeBakey Journalism award for his feature on a story about Canine PTSD, which ran locally and on NPR's "All Things Considered." The story explored the possibilities that combat dogs exhibit symptoms of a post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to the same disorder human soldiers experience.

The Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award honors professional journalists whose reporting has enhanced public understanding of how the humane and responsible use of animal models leads to medical and scientific discoveries. Loyd accepted the award May 14 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

He also won the Reporting on Open Government award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Ft. Worth Chapter, for his stories relating to the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The stories contributed to the Air Force's increased transparency to the media and to the public. 

In 2011 he won first place in the Ft. Worth Society of Professional Journalist's First Amendment Awards in the Green News category for his work on an environmental story while in Austin. He won a second place Associated Press Broadcasters award for beat reporting for his coverage of San Antonio city government at TPR.

Ryan is trying to become a more avid cyclist, but in the meantime he chases around a vibrant pre-schooler and a red-nosed dog with his wife, Sarah.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Nothing Resolved At Rally With NDO Complainants And Business In Attendance

A crowd of people heard the business defend its position that the couple's actions were "excessive."
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A well-established business in San Antonio is defending itself after allegations that a security guard discriminated against a same-sex couple. Thursday night, a rally was held at Sanchez Ice House, where the owner's daughter, Sharon Castillo, read a statement.

But also present at the gathering were the complainants in the case, Maricela Fonseca and her girlfriend, Gina Ramirez.

The get together also featured patrons to the bar, where people relaxing with beer buckets could be seen unwinding from the week.

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Community
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LULAC Defends Business That Allegedly Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

As city council debated the expansion of the non-discrimination ordinance last summer, so too did the community.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The local business under fire for allegedly discriminating against a lesbian couple is getting the support of a minority rights group.

The director of League of United Latin American Citizens Concilio Zapatista 4383 is siding with Sanchez Ice House, a local business that reportedly told a lesbian couple in early June that they could not kiss because it is a family establishment.

Henry Rodriguez said while the LULAC chapter supports non-discrimination issues, and stood behind the city's revised NDO, he does not believe the business discriminated against the couple.

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City Government
2:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor addresses the media after the council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.

District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.

In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.

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Solar Farm
4:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Sheep Keeping Grass Under Control At OCI Solar "Farm" In San Antonio

The sheep have been effective so far, according to OCI Solar Power officials.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

OCI Solar Power thought of an idea that leaders there say is sheer genius. They've put sheep to work on the grounds of a solar farm on the far northeast side to keep the grass cut.

As solar panels soak up plenty of hot Texas sunshine, there's plenty landscaping work to do at the Alamo 2 Solar Farm off Binz-Engleman near North Foster Road. But instead of people, OCI Solar Power is employing lambscapers.

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City Government
11:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Detectives Say E-Mail Author Who Targeted Cris Medina Did Not Break The Law

SAPD detectives found that no one broke the law when a still-unidentified writer attacked Councilman Cris Medina for alleged illegal practices in his office by sending an email to members of the media.
Credit City of San Antonio

When an email went out to members of the media alleging wrongdoing by San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina, the District 7 representative filed charges against the email sender for impersonating him.

After a review by detectives, it appears the anonymous writer did not break the law.

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City Ordinances
9:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Major AT&T Project Could Be In Jeopardy If Company Violated NDO

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal emphasizes a point during the NDO debate and vote last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Tensions are mounting with the first complaint filed since San Antonio's revised non-discrimination ordinance passed last year.

Previously TPR reported that AT&T contract employee Matt Hileman, a transgender man, found a derogatory note about him at work and overheard co-workers threatening to harm him.

The city is now putting pressure on AT&T to come up with documentation in the case and determine an outcome because the company has an important contract with the city that could be put in jeopardy.

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Military Veterans
2:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Soldier Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime With H-E-B Smart Home

Onlookers hold flags before Michael Crawford arrived to the surprise of his life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Because he gave of himself in service to his country, H-E-B and Operation Finally Home are giving something back.

23-year-old Army Specialist Michael Crawford found out at a special surprise ceremony that he and his fiancé will receive a mortgage-free smart home to accommodate his needs as a wounded warrior.

The anticipation brewed before he arrived with workers busy putting the finishing touches on the event. H-E-B partners passed out American flags while sound checks were done.

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Castro Says Goodbye At Chambers Of Commerce Celebration

The area chambers of commerce celebrated the man who has led the city for the last five years.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Mayor Julián Castro prepares to depart San Antonio for our nation's capital, last night the area chambers of commerce hosted a community celebration in his honor.

In San Antonio style, people came to honor the man who has led the city for the last five years. The community, business leaders and city staff members came to hear Castro say goodbye.

Castro said the most special day he has had as mayor was welcoming the kids to Pre-K 4 SA last summer.

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Government
5:50 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Police Chief William McManus To Leave Department, Will Take New Job at CPS Energy

Police Chief William McManus will retire in December after eight and a half years with SAPD.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

One of San Antonio's most familiar faces will be stepping down from his role at this end of this year.

William McManus will resign from his position as police chief in December to take a job with CPS Energy as senior director of security starting in January.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley hired McManus as police chief eight and a half years ago and was one of her first appointments as city manager. Since McManus isn't from the area, Sculley said him wanting to stay local speaks volumes about the Alamo City.

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Texas Politics
2:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps

State House districts used in the last election.
Credit State of Texas District Viewer

The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.

One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.

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