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
4:15 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Referendum Effort to Repeal NDO Fails

Petitioners had 40 days to collect more than 61,000 signatures to repeal the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city's non-discrimination ordinance is in its 40th day, meaning those opposed to the measure are out of time in leading an effort to force a referendum to get the ordinance reversed. 

City Clerk Leticia Vacek said petitioners needed a little over 61,000 signatures, which is 10 percent of the registered voters in May. But Pastor Gerald Ripley said he and fellow opponents did not meet the goal.

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Texas Water
3:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan

Sam Brannon (at podium) and Terri Hall (right) address the media at the Nix Prop. 6 press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote "no" on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state's water problems.

Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.

If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.

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City Government
3:30 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

SAWS Board Appointment Angers Council Members Soules & Chan

Council members Carlton Soules and Elisa Chan are frustrated their SAWS board recommendation did not receive approval from their colleagues.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

One of the most important jobs city leaders have is to appoint board members to CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System. On Thursday they took up SAWS, and left two members walking away angered that their recommendation to represent the Northeast quadrant did not get approved by their colleagues.

District 10's Carlton Soules and District 9's Elisa Chan picked Kirk Francis for his knowledge and experience with water issues.

Chan said Francis would bring a certain characteristic that may be missing from the current SAWS board.

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City Government
10:48 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Finding Solutions To San Antonio's Air Quality Problems

The skies above Blanco, TX are part of the regional air quality concern local leaders are sorting out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's air quality is weighing on the minds of local leaders who think a plan of action needs to be taken now to reverse the trends of more polluted air.

This is why District 6 San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez has already created what's known as a council consideration request (CCR) to begin the process.

Lopez has received the support from four council members, including District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, District 7 councilman Cris Medina, and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, to form a group to create a plan of action.

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City Government
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

San Antonio Continues Monitoring Effects Of Government Shutdown

City of San Antonio

The federal government shutdown could impact cities the longer it continues. Tom Downs, the City of San Antonio's federal consultant, believes an agreement might be in the works, but city leaders are closely watching out for possible consequences.

Downs held a video-conference with city leaders on Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C. and said he's closely monitoring the situation for San Antonio.

The mood for compromise has been slow because the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate want different things.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:13 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Davis Talks "Investing" At San Antonio Campaign Stop

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis toured Rackspace Cloud Computing and told employees that Texas needs a change.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who gained national attention with her filibuster against restrictive abortion laws, stopped in San Antonio just days after announcing her bid for governor.

And it may be no surprise that the Alamo City is on her list.

"San Antonio, of course, has an incredible story to tell about how much it values education, how much it values public-private partnerships that keep our economy strong," Davis said. "It's a shining example of what we want to see happening all over the state of Texas and it's one of the reasons that I'm running for governor."

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City Government
4:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

What Will Chan's Absence Mean For City Council? Not A Whole Lot

Councilwoman Elisa Chan listens during a council B session. The North Side representative is expected to file for the Texas Senate in November.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As soon as District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan officially files for the state Senate District 25 race, she will leave the San Antonio City Council.

In late September, Chan's campaign spokesperson Craig Murphy announced the councilwoman would be challenging tea party-backed state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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City Government
10:37 am
Thu October 3, 2013

City Attorney Bernard Leaving Post For Private Sector

City of San Antonio

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has been tapped to join the Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, an international legal team that has an office in San Antonio.

Bernard has served as the city's chief legal advisor since 2005 and before that he was first assistant district attorney for Bexar County. The move signals a shift back into the private sector for Bernard after having served in a public capacity for many years.

Tullos Wells, a senior partner at the law firm, said he was the perfect fit for the position.

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Community
1:27 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

ChildSafe's Adventure Therapy Program Focus Of New Study

ChildSafe's adventure therapy leader, Fred Borroel, and Dr. Christine Norton demonstrate how the program works.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Through the adventure therapy program at ChildSafe, Bexar County's only child advocacy center with a focus on children who've been abused and neglected, the healing process is paired with fun, laughter, and activities.

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City Utilities
3:57 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

SAWS To Ask For $2.59 Rate Increase For Average Water Customer

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio Water System has announced its proposed rate increase for customers and leaders with the utility will soon approach the city council members for their consideration.

SAWS wants an increase of 5.1 percent -- about $2.59 to the average monthly bill -- to fund new water sources and address wastewater compliance initiatives that the Environmental Protection Agency require.

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