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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Literacy
4:07 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA, Area Students Receive 10,000 Books From Local McDonald's Owners

Mayor Julián Castro reads to children at the Northside model education center of Pre-K 4 SA following the announcement that McDonald's is donating 3,000 books to children in the program, and 7,000 overall to students in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Happy Meals at McDonald's this month will feature books instead of toys and to kick off a month of literacy, local owners and operators of the fast-food chain donated thousands of books to San Antonio's new Pre-K 4 SA program.

Local McDonald's owners and operators like Ned and Fabiola Stagg are giving 3,000 books to the program's children, and 7,000 to kids at schools throughout the city.

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Downtown Development
3:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Centro San Antonio Restructures For Downtown Revitalization Push

Only two people at the Centro San Antonio luncheon said they attended the Diwali Festival of Lights downtown last weekend.
Murali Subramaniam

During a luncheon Monday at the Westin Riverwalk to talk about the new structure of Centro San Antonio, Inc., a startling revelation swept across the crowd of about 200 downtown stakeholders.

"How many of you had the opportunity this weekend to participate in the Diwali Festival downtown?" asked SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

A long pause followed.

"OK, well that's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Byrd. "There are two people over there."

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City Government
11:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Meet the 9 Applicants (So Far) For San Antonio City Council District 9

Art Downey chairs the city's Ethics Review Board. He is one of the interested candidates to fill the vacant District 9 seat until a special election is held next May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nine candidates from a wide range of backgrounds have applied to to fill Elisa Chan's District 9 seat for six months until the position can be voted on in May 2014.

Chan vacated the seat in order to run for Texas Senate District 25, where she will face incumbent Donna Campbell, who won in the November 2012 general election.

Here are the nine applicants so far:

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Animal Welfare
12:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Newest Pet Adoption Center In San Antonio Sets Ambitious First-Year Goal

Who could resist this face?
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions is now open at Brackenridge Park and leaders are hoping the fresh design will make an impact on adoptions in a city that has struggled with animal overpopulation.

"We want this to be a destination [and] not just only for adoptions," said Joel Mclellan, the director of operations for the center.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Pow! Zap! Alamo City Comic Con Opens Today

Alamo City Comic Con runs Oct. 24-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Courtesy

Gotham City's Dynamic Duo is coming to the Alamo City. From the 1960s television program "Batman," Adam West and Robin Burt Ward join Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters," Danny Trejo from "Machete," and many more celebrities in town for a highly anticipated event among the geek conogscenti.

For fans like Tim Stewart, the Alamo City Comic Con is a big deal.

"I've been a fan of science fiction and comic books all of my life," he said.

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Community
1:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

HemisFair Park Development Plan Outlines What Area Will Look Like

Lee Dunkelberg Texas Public Radio

Plan for the Hemisfair Park development call for several distinct "areas," including an amphitheater, a reception area, an interactive water feature called The Shallows, and The Zocalo, which will greet people at the entrance to the park at South Alamo and Market.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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Affordable Care Act
12:32 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Local Insurance Agents Help People Through Health Care Sign-up

Healthcare.gov continues to have problems dealing with the high traffic.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A conglomeration of city, county and private sector dignitaries gathered at CentroMed to give their blessing on President Obama's signature legislation. 

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro noted that 300,000 people in the city don't have insurance, but now is their golden opportunity to obtain medical coverage.

Katy Horrell, who received help enrolling in a health care plan, knew there'd be a few problems.

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City Council
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gonzales First Elected Leader To Give Birth While A Council Member

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday to Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has given birth to a baby boy.

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, weighing 4 pounds 9 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Mayor Julián Castro and City Clerk Leticia Vacek offered a congratulations to Gonzales and her husband, Kevin, at Thursday's council meeting.

In a statement, Castro said:

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City Utilities
11:06 am
Thu October 17, 2013

San Antonio City Staff Recommend 4.25% CPS Energy Rate Increase

CPS Energy cut its rate increase proposal from 4.75 percent to 4.25 percent. The city council is expected to vote on the issue Nov. 7.
CPS Energy

San Antonio city staffers have recommended the CPS Energy rate increase of 4.25 percent, which would add $4.68 to the average customer's bill.

The city's chief financial officer told the city council that CPS Energy leaders have worked hard to make their rate request as low as possible.

Ben Gorzell said the city worked closely with the utility and found the budget process this time around had improved significantly over 2010. Gorzell made four recommendations to the utility.

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