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
12:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Committee Formed To Help Reduce Ethical Conflicts In City Contracts

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was named chair of a new committee that will examine high profile contracts to help avoid conflicts of interest.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a memo to the San Antonio City Council and city staff, Mayor Julián Castro announced the appointments of the council to the various council sub-committees. Each committee hears issues before they reach the full city council.

The memo included the announcement of a new committee called the High Profile Contracts Accountability, which will check over high-profile contracts and monitor vendor performance on those contracts.

The addition of an ethics-based committee is a reinforcement by Castro in light of recent ethics lapses inside City Hall.

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City Council
11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Ethics Panel Clears Nirenberg Of Allegations

A panel cleared District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg of any ethics violations relating to a case brought forward by John Yoggerst.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

A panel made up of San Antonio's Ethics Review Board members this week found that District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg did not violate the city's ethics code.

The complaint was brought to the board by John Yoggerst, who believed Nirenberg accepted in-kind services from NSIDE Publications with a full spread about Nirenberg as a council candidate.

ERB member Robert Piatt says there is no evidence to suggest Nirenberg paid for the publicity.

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Economy
1:24 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Touts Job Creation In New Report

Economic report highlights $1 billion continuing impact in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation has released its report for 2012, highlighting a $1 billion per year impact to the area as a result of expanded and relocated businesses.

Henry Cisneros, who chairs the board of the foundation, said new jobs being created in San Antonio are in "horizon” sectors, including healthcare and bioscience, new energy, and information technology.

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Community
9:30 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Sees VIA's New East-West Streetcar Routes

Gus Martinez joined fellow residents in writing comments and questions about VIA's streetcar project on Tuesday, July 30.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.

The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.

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Transportation
2:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

First Public Glimpse At Proposed Market-Commerce Route For Downtown Streetcar

Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.  

VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.

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Government
4:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

New Anti-Discrimination Proposal Likely To Get Separate Votes

Supporters of an anti-discrimination ordinance proposal chanted outside City Hall in May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance will likely pass, he said, but councilman, who is also a civil rights attorney, wants to separate how it will be voted on.

His proposal is to include protections for gender identity, sexual orientation and veterans within the city’s hiring practices and to those with whom the city chooses to do business.

He said his intentions all along were to separate the vote into two proposals: one for gender identity and sexual orientation, and another for veterans.

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Government
1:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Next Round Of San Antonio Budget Hearings Set To Begin

Mayor Julian Castro talks with supporters following his State of the City address at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. He and the council will hear a final proposed budget on Aug. 8 before final adoption on Sept. 12.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council will again hear from city staff on a proposed budget that has a budget gap of up to $50 million dollars.

For that reason, city manager Sheryl Sculley and her team have been meeting with each city department and going over their programs to figure out how to close that gap.

Sculley says she will not reduce the most important city services to the public, including police and fire protection. That was also the request of city council members who outlined their priorities for the budget last month.

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Transportation
3:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Market, Commerce Streets Could Become Possible Streetcar Routes

VIA Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio's streetcar project could get a popular route addition thanks to widespread support.

Two new routes have been thrown out as possibilities for the new streetcar project. They include east to west connections via Commerce and Market Streets.

VIA's Chief of Public Engagement, Charlie Gonzalez, says in the transportation authority's public meetings, there were a lot of comments about the Market and Commerce corridors.

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Animal Welfare
4:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Dog Requires Surgery From Apparent Abuse, Neglect

"Shooter" was found roaming around on the side of a highway. A Good Samaritan turned him in, where it was discovered he would need surgery to remove a safety pin.
Animal Care Services

San Antonio's Animal Care Services is now tending to the medical needs of a puppy found roaming on the side of a local highway.

Surgery will be required for the dog, named "Shooter" by ACS.

Shooter was found along 410 and Highway 90. ACS’ Lisa Norwood says Shooter was roaming around until picked up by a Good Samaritan.

It wasn’t long before the staff at ACS noticed a huge gash in Shooter’s neck, along with a safety pin.

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SA2020
3:59 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

SA2020 To Outline New Goals

SA2020

The benchmarks of San Antonio’s program to transform the city are changing, or at least continuing to evolve.

SA2020’s report card was released in June, detailing the progress of 65 metrics in eleven visionary areas, including but not limited to health and well-being, education, and teen pregnancy.

The report showed that San Antonio is making improvements in graduation rates, that it had met or exceeded a reduction in the rate of teen pregnancies, but that San Antonio still struggled in civic engagement when it came time to cast ballots.

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