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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Environment
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Rare Wintertime Stage 3 Restrictions

In a rare move for this time of year, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared Stage 3 water restrictions.

SAWS customers need not worry. A spokesperson tells TPR there is enough reserve water on hand at its Carrizo Aquifer storage site in southern Bexar County to not impose restrictions on its customers. But, SAWS itself will have to reduce its pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by 35 percent.

SAWS, along with small municipalities like Universal City and Alamo Heights, are permit holders of the EAA. SAWS happens to be the largest permit holder.

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Community
3:31 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seven Adult Learning Centers To Close As City Negotiates Future Of Four

A notice on the door of the Columbia Heights Learning Center advises students that the center will be closing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The final days for San Antonio’s Adult Education Learning Centers are looming. The seven centers fell victim in the last city budget scrubbing, but the loss of the centers comes at a time when a new state law changes the way many people use community outreach programs to learn English, or pick-up computer skills.

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City Government
5:16 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

San Antonio City Council Approves Closure Of Main Avenue For Downtown H-E-B

Residents near Main Avenue protested the partial closure of the street and demonstrated with signs in their yards.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A marathon city council meeting Thursday yielded a myriad of actions that San Antonio City leaders took on various issues.

Likely the biggest item of the day was the vote on the closure of a block of Main Avenue so that HEB can expand its headquarters at the Arsenal, and construct a downtown grocery store and gas station.

Charlotte Luongo and many others expressed to the council their longtime opposition of the project.

"This whole process is suspect and demonstrates a lack of democracy and respect to the citizens of San Antonio," Luongo said.

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Craft Beer
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Alamo Brewing Breaks Ground At Hays Street Bridge Location

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio (left) and Eugene Simor, founder of Alamo Brewing, drink the signature Alamo Golden Ale at the brewery's groundbreaking Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Alamo Golden Ale's motto is "Brewed with a fiercely independent spirit," and that's what it took, almost literally, for Eugene Simor to see the groundbreaking on his near-Eastside brewery.

The location is symbolic. Alamo Golden Ale, along with German lagers and seasonal selections, will be brewed about 12 minutes from the site of the sacred grounds of the Alamo.

"For the last 10 years I've brewed just one single product, which is Alamo Golden Ale," Simor said. "So considering that I just have one beer, we've actually done pretty good with our sales."

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Animal Welfare
11:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility

Kelly Plessala took pictures of the animals at Brooks in an effort to help them get adopted. She estimates she saved about 1,000 dogs by including their profiles on Facebook and her website.
Kelly Plessala

The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services operates a dog shelter facility on the Southside at Brooks City-Base. In its three year history, it hasn't attracted much attention. It was used for overflow from the main campus located off Hwy 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.

Several weeks ago the Brooks facility transitioned from an overflow shelter to quarantine. It is now responsible for holding animals for bite or cruelty cases.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Planning Underway At Hemisfair Park For State's Largest Free New Year's Celebration

Organizers say the Hemisfair Park New Year's celebration is the largest free New Year's bash in the state.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

More than 250,000 people are expected to once again crowd Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area, including La Villita, for the bash. It's a special time of year, said Judi DeLeon, executive director for the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"This is a tradition," DeLeon said. "The carnival is here, it's a safe setting. We're right in the middle of downtown. SAPD will be all around us and we've got great food, great music."

A special guest was invited to be a part of the festivities, according to DeLeon, but Texas singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn't available.

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City Government
3:48 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Mayor Castro's Chief Of Staff Recommended To Fill City Attorney Post

City of San Antonio

This week, the San Antonio City Council is set to select its new city attorney. According to the city, 43 applicants submitted their resumes for post, a position which is being vacated by Michael Bernard.

The city narrowed the list down to five potential candidates for the position, with interviews conducted in mid-November.

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Government
6:25 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Leticia Van de Putte Announces Bid For Lieutenant Governor

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced her bid for Lt. Governor on Saturday, Nov. 23 at San Antonio College.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters crowded into a San Antonio College gymnasium Saturday to hear the words everyone has anticipated from State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Following a performance by a mariachi band that included Van de Putte's brother, and a brief introduction by daughter Nicole, a doctor, the veteran lawmaker made it official.

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Starting A New Business Overnight--Literally

Rohit Saxena, left, works with his group at the start of 3DS San Antonio, or Three Day Start-up.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Forty people in downtown San Antonio are camping out at Geekdom this weekend in an exercise called "3DS," or three day start-up.

Starting Friday and running through Sunday night, members are broken up into teams and assigned to come up with ideas for a business.

Cristal Glangchai runs 3DS San Antonio, and is also the creator of the entrepreneurship academy Venture Lab. The 3DS concept originally began in Austin but came to the Alamo City in 2010. 

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City Government
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

San Antonio Says There Are No Pay Disparities Among City Employees

The San Antonio' City Council Governance Committee on Wednesday discussed pay disparities at the request of Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina.
City of San Antonio

A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.

On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.

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