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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Local History
2:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brooks City-Base 50 Years After JFK's Final Address

President Kennedy's last speech to a crowd happened at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963
Unknown kennedyatbrooks.blogspot.com/

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

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Violence In Schools
3:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

15-Year-Old Canyon High School Student Dies Following Assault In Hallway

Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Billy Hathorn via Wikipedia Commons cc

New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.

Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.

McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.

McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.

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Texas Veterans
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Geekdom Seminars Show Veterans The Reality Of Entrepreneurship

At one of the Geekdom veteran's entrepeneurship seminars.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As people across the country honor military veterans for their service, San Antonio's Geekdom is providing many of them a path to entrepreneurship.

From the history of San Antonio's technology leadership to a seminar asking the question, "Can military professionals make great entrepreneurs?" members of the military past and present are learning the options they have when it comes to business opportunities in the civilian world.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
10:13 am
Mon November 11, 2013

NDO Debate Reignited At Popular Southtown Restaurant Taco Haven

Protesters stationed themselves across the street from the taco joint on Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The debate over city council recalls and San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance erupted this weekend at a favorite Southtown Mexican food eatery.

The ordeal made for a spicier than usual Sunday brunch at Taco Haven, after an online posting about the establishment went viral.

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

"Lost Voters" Cost Bexar County $335,000 In Postage Alone

Suspense voters are those who may have moved and don't, or can't, respond to the elections office to communicate their departure from the old address.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.

That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.

Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."

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Texas Veterans
2:34 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veterans Get Needed Services At 16th Stand Down

American GI Forum

San Antonio veterans down on their luck lined up to take advantage of free services available at the 16th annual Veterans Stand Down.

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Fiesta 2014
4:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

2014 Fiesta Gets An Extra Week, For Religious Reasons

The Fiesta 2014 poster by Marcelino Villanueva has been unveiled!
Fiesta Commission

San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.

The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.

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City Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Starting In February, The Average CPS Energy Customer Will Pay $4.68 More

CPS Energy

The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.

The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.

CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.

City Government
1:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Krier Tapped To Fill District 9 Council Seat

Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Update (1:40 p.m.): Joe Krier has been named the interim representative for District 9 on the San Antonio City Council.

Mayor Julián Castro kicked off the support for Krier, citing his experience, community leadership and understanding of the district and people in District 9 as reasons for choosing him.

Art Downey, another of the three finalists and chair of the city's Ethics Review Board, received two votes. Paula McGee, another finalists, did not receive any votes.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Lackland Facilities Carry Name Of Most Decorated U.S. Airman In Air Force History

Airmen Training Complex #2 is named after Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney, the most decorated U.S. Air Force airman in history.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new generation of airmen and leaders will enjoy a new training facility and residence hall at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Leaders there dedicated the building Wednesday, already in use, as the Airmen Training Complex #2. It is now named the Chief Master Sergeant Duane D. Hackney building.

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