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.

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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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:38 am
Wed July 10, 2013

JFK's Day In San Antonio 24 Hours Before His Assassination

JFK visited four Airmen participating in a space exploration experiment at then-Brooks Air Force Base, now Brooks City-Base, on Nov. 21, 1963.

On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stopped in to see four airmen inside an oxygen chamber in San Antonio.

The men, who were from Lackland Air Force Base, were involved in experiments on space exploration.

Rudy Purificato, an Air Force historian, said because of Kennedy's deep interest and push for space discovery, NASA was catching up on research the Air Force had already been conducting.

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Local Business
3:44 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Busted Sandal Brewing Crafting Beer Inroads In San Antonio

Busted Sandals Brewing's tap wall boasts nine taps. Three of them will be used initially with six for planned growth.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Attention San Antonio craft beer lovers: Another local brewer is about to go into production.

Although Busted Sandal is months behind schedule thanks to some minor inspection mishaps and some lagging construction progress, Michael DiCicco and his crew should be churning out three base brews pretty soon: Slippery Rock IPA, El Robusto Porter, and Fire Pit Wit, a non-traditional Belgian-style beer with ginger and grapefruit peel.

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Higher Education
5:35 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Students Get A Taste Of College Life

Alecia Jarrett, Head Student Assistant at Trinity University, distributes room keys to Camp GenTX students on Monday.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Summer break is still in full swing, but for the 136 area high school students participating in Camp GenTX, their vacation still involves learning.

The students moved into the dorms at Trinity University on Monday morning, ready for a three-day college experience of eating in the dining halls, hearing lectures, and walking around on campus.

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San Antonio Healthcare
4:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Medical Partnership Increasing Children's Care Options In San Antonio

CHRISTUS Health

Baylor College of Medicine has now taken over clinical responsibility at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, which is owned by Christus Santa Rosa.

Believing the need for pediatric care is on the rise, Christus Santa Rosa Health System President Patrick Carrier said children's services are an important part of the health system's care ministry. It started providing pediatric services in 1874. In 1917, the first hospital wing dedicated to pediatrics opened.

Carrier said in 1959 the first hospital for children in San Antonio opened.

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San Antonio Eats
2:08 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Raising The Heat With Cool Soup And Trout Salad

Ryan Loyd NPR

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 2:34 pm

San Antonio is no stranger to triple-digit heat this time of year. That's why Jason Dady likes to keep it cool in the kitchen of his northern Italian-themed restaurant called Tre Trattoria.

This time of year, the tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh, the veggies are bountiful, and Dady says it's one of the season's highlights to have fun with light and refreshing food.

For the gazpacho, Dady chops cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers, then adds some water. Then he blends it, a couple times.

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Science & Technology
5:05 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Pubs Serving Up Pints And Prostate Cancer Awareness

All 16 of the Flying Saucer pubs across the country, including San Antonio, have begun a month-long fundraising for prostate cancer awareness and early detection. The money raised will go to Pints for Prostates, a nonprofit that began in 2008 by a prostate cancer survivor.

"Anytime you're dealing with something cancer-oriented, awareness and early detection is very key," said Sam Wynne, Flying Saucer’s beer director and certified cicerone -- a beer and food pairing expert.

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Bracken Bat Cave
4:13 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

SAWS Stands Firm In Decision To Serve Neighborhood Near Bracken Bat Cave

Bats begin to take flight from the Bracken Bat Cave in June, just weeks before the maternity colony was set to give birth.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A trio of opponents against a proposed community near the Bracken Bat Cave once again appealed to the San Antonio Water System to rescind its decision to provide the area with water and sewer service.

The board made that decision in March, and by law is required to provide service to developments in its coverage area.

SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the water provider is not backing down from its position.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

CPS Energy Says SA Is Well On Its Way To 2020 Power Savings Goal

CPS Energy

CPS Energy set a goal to reduce the community’s electric usage by 771 megawatts by the year 2020, which is essentially the output of a large power plant.

With the help of the Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan, CPS Energy reports that they are on its way to the goal.

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Early Election Polling
1:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Castro Attracts, Cruz Pushes Away Latino Voters In New Poll

Mayor Julian Castro was the first Latino keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A new poll says San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in a favored position to run for vice president in 2016.

The poll by Latino Decisions, a group focused on Latino political opinion research, has started speculation that Castro could be viewed as a strong contender, should he be picked as a vice presidential candidate in three years.

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The Alamo
11:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Following Boxing Event, Land Commissioner Fights For Alamo Plaza

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez signs hats, gloves and t-shirts during his appearance at Alamo Plaza to promote a September title fight in Las Vegas.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Thousands of boxing fans gathered in Alamo Plaza Monday night to see Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and American Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. for themselves.

The mob of fans filled the plaza, screaming "Canelo" over and over, wanting his picture, his autograph and the experience of being close to the Mexican boxer.

Alvarez and Mayweather are promoting a September title fight in Las Vegas. Promoters, including retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Productions, are touring 11 cities to hold events like the one in Alamo Plaza.

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