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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City Utilities
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Meetings Coming Up For CPS Energy And SAWS Rate Hikes

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.

The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.

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City Utilities
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

CPS Energy Makes Case For Rate Hike With Examples From 2010

CPS Energy

If a proposed rate hike is approved by San Antonio City Council, households can expect to pay an additional $5.19 per month on their CPS Energy bills.

On Wednesday CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby delivered the first case for a rate hike to the council.

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Community
10:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Castro Trumpets San Antonio's Push For Major League Soccer Franchise

Behind the goal at the San Antonio Scorpion's Toyota Field.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is making his case for bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to the city, praising the San Antonio Scorpions for the team's contribution in starting a fan base that he said would support the team.

In a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Castro took the opportunity to brag about his city. Garber then wrote back and promised there would be ample discussion about the possibilities of an MLS franchise in San Antonio.

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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Gun Control
12:12 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Starbucks CEO Asks For Customers To Not Bring Guns Into Stores, Please

Starbucks president and CEO, Howard Schultz, requests that people no longer bring firearms into his stores.
Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

The head of Starbucks is taking on a policy request at his stores nationwide by asking customers to not bring their guns onto store property.

In response to the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Schultz said in an open letter that his company is about building community and providing a comfortable environment for everyone.

"Our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life," he writes in the letter.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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City Utilities
2:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

CPS Energy To Make Case For 4.75 Percent Rate Increase

CPS Energy

Nearly one week after the city council adopted its 2014 budget, members will begin hearing from leaders at CPS Energy about a possible rate hike.

CPS last raised rates in 2010 and passed up an opportunity to raise rates last year because the utility said it found efficiencies within the organization and delayed certain infrastructure projects.

This time, CPS Energy will ask for a 4.75 percent rate increase, which would equal a $5.19 hike to the average CPS Energy bill.

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City Government
5:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

City Budget Shakeup Reveals Some Wins, Some Losses

Councilwoman Elisa Chan and Councilman Carlton Soules listen to residents during a recent council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders swept through a $2.3 billion budget amid negotiations in the final hour that added line items back in that previously had been eliminated.

With the majority of the city council favoring the amendments, and the 2014 budget as proposed, residents will begin seeing some of the effects.

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Community
1:15 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tower Climb Remembrance Marks 12th Anniversary Of Terrorist Attacks

Councilmen Rey Saldana, Ron Nirenberg, and Cris Medina participated in the remembrance climb at the Tower of the Americas to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

All over the country people are remembering the tragedy that unfolded on this day twelve years ago as terrorists who had hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. -- a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Each year San Antonio firefighters, along with civilians, climb San Antonio's 750-foot Tower of the Americas to remember the events of 9/11/2001.

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