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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Government
4:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Fresh Off Defeat For Lt. Gov., Leticia Van de Putte Is Running For Mayor

Leticia Van de Putte speaks to supporters on Election Night. Fresh off the campaign trail for Lt. Gov., the State Senator from San Antonio will now run for mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The field of candidates interested in leading San Antonio is getting larger. (Wednesday night, Democratic State Senator from San Antonio, Leticia Van de Putte, announced her plans to run for mayor.

Inside her West San Antonio home, a block away from where she grew up, Leticia Van de Putte sat on her couch and talked about the tough decision it was to throw her name into the hat.

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Government
11:17 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Civic Shutdown: Alamo Heights Closes For A Week

The city posted the note it would be closed until Friday while the city administrative offices move to its (new) old location.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

It's not often that a city shuts its doors for a week.

But city leaders in Alamo Heights decided the measure was necessary, because of the sheer logistical minutiae involved in moving the city administration from Austin Highway, a temporary location, back to their original digs at 6116 Broadway. The Broadway location underwent a total, and very expensive, overhaul over the last year-and-a-half.

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Government
12:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Villarreal Formally Announces Mayoral Run, Begins ‘SA Strong’ Campaign

Near downtown, Mike Villarreal announced his bid for mayor of San Antonio.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The worst kept secret in San Antonio in the last few weeks is that State Representative Mike Villarreal wants to be the city's next mayor. He made that official Sunday by kicking off his campaign at Maverick Park, amidst a sizable gathering of supporters, despite the cold and rain.

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Community
11:52 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Beehives Atop The Omni Colonnade Rooftop Are Set To Earn Their Keep

The beehives and potted plants are prepared on top of the Omni Colonnade Hotel convention center before they are released on Friday.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Back in September, Walter Schumacher with the American Honeybee Protection Agency, from Austin, removed 150,000 bees from Norma Ramon's near North West side attic.

He collected them and gave them time to heal. When bees are removed, their painstaking work is ruined because the hive is broken.

Now that they are back in shape, they have a new job on top of the Omni Hotel's convention center. They'll provide honey to the hotel and its guests while pollinating local plants.

Jeremy Lander is the Omni's Director of Sales and Marketing.

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Government
11:53 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Councilman Diego Bernal To Leave San Antonio Seat For Possible State House Run

Councilman Diego Bernal will step down at the close of business on Tuesday.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal quietly announced his plans to step down from the city council next Tuesday, making Thursday's council meeting his last.

"Tomorrow is my last Council meeting," Bernal said. The brief bid goodbye was followed by a preview of a item on the agenda Thursday to give local businesses an advantage when bidding on city contracts.

"We will also vote on the most aggressive local preference ordinance the City has ever seen. That will give LOCAL businesses an advantage when bidding on City contracts. I'm proud of that."

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Government
4:07 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Only Hands-Free Phone Use In Your Vehicle, Starting Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to use any device while driving in a non-hands free manner.
Credit Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Holding your cell phone while driving will soon be a thing of the past in San Antonio. At Thursday's city council meeting, members voted unanimously to enact a hands-free only policy.

The new ordinance, which replaces previous ordinances which have banned texting while driving within the city limits, was proposed by District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher.

“A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident," said Gallagher. "It’s those statistics that say what we’re doing here is very, very important.”

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Government
9:27 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Nationwide Shellacking Fails To Ruffle Young Texas Democrats; The Focus Now Is On Step Two

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, won his District 123 race Tuesday, but is now focused on the campaign for San Antonio mayor.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

State Rep. Mike Villarreal is heading back to the Texas capital after an easy win on Tuesday. But, as TPR’s Ryan Loyd reports, his focus is on the mayor's seat in San Antonio.

The “it” word in politics right now is “shellacking.” That was how President Obama described how Democrats fared in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Many say that would summarize the situation in Texas, too. But Democrats like the State Rep. from San Antonio, Mike Villarreal, who did stand from Democratic-favored districts, did just fine.

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Crime
9:12 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Two People Shot On East Side; Mayor’s Car Hit

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A gunman opened fire on a group of people walking down the street on the city’s East Side Monday afternoon, missing the intended targets but hitting San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor’s vehicle.

Sgt. Javier Salazar with the San Antonio Police Department said the shots, originating from inside a moving vehicle, also hit a building associated with Taylor, but did not injure anyone inside. Two people were shot in the process, though, one in the upper, and the other in the lower body.

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Government
6:08 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Coming Up: One Councilmember, In Densely Populated Ballot

Mayor Ivy Taylor was selected to serve as mayor, making way for her former council seat to open. A field of candidates emerged during the midterm elections to fill the seat until the municipal elections in May 2015.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The San Antonio City Council will hold a special election on Tuesday, as part of the midterm cycle, to pick one councilmember for Mayor Ivy Taylor's former seat. The person elected will finish out Taylor's term, which ends in May with all the other councilmembers’ seats.

Six candidates initially threw their hats in the ring. They, in the order they appear on the ballot, are Norris Tyrone Darden, Keith A. Toney, Ntando McIntosh, Alan E. Warrick, Dori L. Brown, and Elmo Aycock. Brown later withdrew from the race on Aug. 25, according to the City Clerk's office.

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Community
6:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

District 2 Senior Center Celebrates Much Needed Expansion

The District 2 Senior Center celebrated an expansion that allows residents opportunity to do more activities.
Credit Dreamweek.org

This week, city leaders got together with residents in District 2, to celebrate the expansion of a senior center on the east side of town. The center, located on W.W. White Road near Rigsby, has been open for a few years. But it had outgrown its location very quickly, and has now also taken over the office next door.

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