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 Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Former Chan Staffer Explains His Own Comments On Leaked Tape

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at a press conference defending her remarks.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

People around City Hall are on edge about what they say following the release of a secret recording that revealed homophobic comments made by District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff members.

In the audio, given to the Express-News by former Chan staffer James Stevens, who recorded the strategy meeting, are comments by Jeff Bazan, then Chan's chief of policy, who at one point makes talks about sexual orientation by linking it to incest.

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Community Health
2:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Metro Health Looking At Breastfeeding Center To Help Give Babies A Healthy Start

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Baby Café, a new drop-in breastfeeding center for moms, is set to open in the Fall pending approval of the center’s lease that could happen next week. It is all part of the Metropolitan Health District's goal to make San Antonio a healthier city.

"We're real excited about it and there's a huge demand," said Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker about the new center. "There's so many women who care about this but can't find the resources they need."

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Texas Food
2:32 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The San Antonio-Austin #TXtacowar

Taqueria Datapoint, an early morning favorite near the TPR offices.
David Martin Davies

It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it--find out why breakfast tacos are the best here in our humble city of San Antonio. So I went to my go-to taco place: the original Blanco Cafe.

Right away I found mother-daughter duo Jo Mascorro and Hailey Saylor -- clearly taco connoisseurs -- who agreed that the Alamo City is the place for traditional breakfast treats.

"This is a regular pit stop, probably five or six times a week. I come in. I don't place an order, my food appears," Mascorro said with a smile.

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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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City Government
5:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

City Services To Take Hit Under Proposed 2014 Budget

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a news conference following the City Council meeting where City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented next year’s proposed budget, she summed up the process in three words: Tough budget year.

Sculley and her team found $13.5 million in cuts, mostly administrative, but that doesn’t make up for the $35 million -$50 million gap the city is facing. Other measures and cuts will have to be made.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Friday Deadline To Finalize Pre-K 4 SA District Enrollment

Classrooms are being prepared for the first day, while districts participating in program have not completed enrollment numbers.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio school districts taking part in the early education measure known as Pre-K 4 SA have until Friday to submit the names of the children who will attend classes.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni credited the districts for their expertise in enrolling kids. Many of the districts are also concurrently enrolling children for their own pre-K programs.

He said Pre-K 4 SA needs to finalize its enrollment list to get ready for the first day, which is Aug. 26.

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City Government
4:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

In May, supporters of an anti-discrimination ordinance proposal showed their appreciation to the City Council on the steps of City Hall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city staffers say letters are rolling into city hall by the dozens from people who are angry about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance being considered by the San Antonio City Council would prohibit discrimination within the city’s hiring practices and anyone who contracts a job with the city.

Although the ordinance maintains anti-discrimination policies for race, color, religion, age and disability, the proposal would add veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the list. The latter two are why most people are angered.

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City Government
9:08 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Community Events Could Be On Chopping Block As City Looks At Budget Cuts

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal disagrees with Mayor Julián Castro's proposal to cut City Council Project Funds.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Ahead of the start of classes on Aug. 26, San Antonio City Council members are hosting community-wide back-to-school fairs in each of their districts.

At the same time, the city's budget is closing in on adoption and deep cuts will have to be made. Mayor Julián Castro is recommending a cut to member discretionary funds, which are known as City Council Project Funds and are used for community events like the back-to-school fairs.

Currently each district gets more than $61,000.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:58 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Facilities Yet To Be Licensed As Teachers Get Ready For First Day

Pre-K 4 SA's South Side model education center is nearing completion.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Pre-K 4 SA master teachers and teaching assistants are hard at work training as the first day of school quickly approaches on Aug. 26.

The training this week consists of team building, social and emotional development in young children and building mathematical thinking.

At the Southside model education center, located at 2535 SE Military Drive, teachers got instructions on topics from dress code to keeping children engaged.

Amber Watson is a teacher's assistant who is going to school to be a kindergarten teacher.

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Jingu Family Returns to San Antonio To Celebrate History, Unveil Paintings

Mabel Jingu Enkoji's family wants to play an active role in the future of the Japanese Tea Garden
Jingu Family

This weekend, the Jingu family returned to San Antonio to celebrate their role in San Antonio history.

The Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Garden is named in their honor because the city invited them to live at the home when it was built in the early 1900's.

Mabel Jingu Enkoji, who was born at the house and had been involved in the home's restoration over the years, died in mid-July from heart failure.

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