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
5:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

City Councilmen Say Enough Is Enough, Power Play Will Not Work

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Two San Antonio City Council members are through hearing arguments being presented by the city's public safety unions as they negotiate health and benefit contracts with the city. While council members hope negotiations resume, Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana and Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg have made it clear that they will not be intimidated.

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Government
2:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Changes In The Air For High-Profile Bexar County Legislative Delegation

The Texas Capitol will soon be abuzz with lawmakers returning for the session. But changes are in the air for members representing Bexar County.

According to last session’s Texas House of Representatives rankings, Bexar County’s legislative delegation held four of the top 50 spots, including Ruth Jones McClendon at No. 19, Mike Villarreal at No. 30, Jose Menendez at No. 32, and Trey Martinez Fischer at No. 35.

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Government
1:22 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Who Is Interim Police Chief Anthony Trevino?

Deputy Chief Tony Trevino has been named Interim Police Chief starting Jan. 1, 2015.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Anthony Trevino, or Tony as he's known, has been named as interim police chief by City Manager Sheryl Sculley. He starts his new assignment Jan. 1.

Trevino is a veteran member of the San Antonio Police Department, and most recently has served as Deputy Chief, and outgoing Police Chief William McManus' chief of staff.

Rarely can anyone find McManus at City Hall or at a crime scene without Trevino somewhere nearby. He's soft-spoken and doesn't attract much attention. That's one of the main differences he sees as he transitions from a behind the scenes staff member.

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Community
9:49 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Brewery Opening Marred By Protests Over Land Use Deal

Alamo Brewing Co. president Eugene Simor looks up at protesters atop the Hays Street Bridge (seen in the window reflection) as he tries to introduce speakers at Friday's grand opening of the brewery.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A day that was to see paeans sung to the economic development of the East Side, with the opening of Alamo Brewing Company’s new facility under the Hays Street Bridge, turned into an angry earful.

A small, but vocal group of people stood atop the bridge and only stopped chanting and yelling during the Pledge of Allegiance, and when State Rep. Mike Villarreal spoke. They continued to express their anger during the prayer and when speakers, including State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, took the podium.

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Government
5:49 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bexar County Clerk Readies To Marry Gay Couples

The Bexar County Clerk is preparing for a possible flood of same-sex couples wanting to get married — if San Antonio-based U.S. Federal Judge, Orlando Garcia, lifts a stay on the Texas gay marriage ban.

Gerard Rickhoff is a Republican who isn’t afraid to admit his own party is in the wrong, when the party’s line tries to legislate morality.

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Government
12:03 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

It’s True: Every Vote Counts

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Early voting is happening right now in the runoff election between Alan Warrick and Keith Toney for the District 2 San Antonio City Council seat. And this is an election where every single vote will count. In two days of early voting so far, the Bexar County Elections Office has shown that 215 people have showed up to the polls.

Warrick is the bowtie-wearing businessman who has walked the streets, held his sign on street corners, and talked to people about his stance on issues like infrastructure problems on the East Side.

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Government
10:14 am
Wed December 3, 2014

City Planners Reach Out To Community Ahead Of Possible New Comprehensive Plan

Credit City of San Antonio

San Antonio's growth is underscoring the need for an updated comprehensive plan. Now, the city is about to embark on a yearlong public outreach campaign to gather input from the community ahead of a possible new master plan. Over the next year, the city will collect data and feedback from those who know best, as to which areas of town are too congested or could use more resources.

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Government
3:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Mayor Taylor Proposes Truce To City Unions; They Believe It Isn’t Enough

Mayor Ivy Taylor called for a "cooling off" period between the city and public safety unions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has said that name-calling would get the city and public safety unions nowhere in the ongoing negotiations for uniform healthcare and benefits.

Taylor, though, has offered an olive branch of sorts, in the hope of reaching a compromise with the unions. She called for a cooling off period — a holiday truce — from the widespread attack ads and harsh rhetoric that have marked the negotiations with city unions over healthcare and other benefits.

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Community
12:50 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

SA Rallying Call: Change Can Only Come, When We Stand Together As One

Protesters gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse to express their feelings about the Ferguson shooting and grand jury decision this week.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Across the country, a nation and its people are divided, with many feeling anger, aggravation and frustration in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

A rally in San Antonio brought out people of all colors, for discussion and debate. People chanted, held signs and came together to share feelings about the recent events in Missouri. The crowd was mostly white and Hispanic, with African-Americans in the organizing groups facing those who gathered.

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Government
11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Alan Warrick Takes Runoff Campaign To The Streets

Alan Warrick campaigns on the side of the street, hoping voters choose him as the next Dist. 2 councilman.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Alan Warrick wants to be the next East Side San Antonio City Councilman. The businessman pulled in the most votes in the Nov. 4 election, but did not receive the 50 percent plus one vote needed for a victory.

Keith Toney, the current council appointee to the seat, following Ivy Taylor's switch from District 2 to the mayor's chair, came in second. A runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 9, with early voting from Dec. 1-5.

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