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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Mayor Julián Castro
11:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

With Talk Of Cabinet Position Swirling, City Ponders Life Without Mayor Castro

Mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The speech, many have said, put him on a national platform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The White House isn't talking and neither is Mayor Julián Castro.

Today he helped hand out awards inside city council chambers to businesses for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.

Afterward, a swarm of media caught up with him, only to hear the three-term mayor say what he's said before.

"All I'm going to say today is that I enjoy being mayor, and I'm going to continue to work hard on behalf of the people that elected me," Castro said. "I'll talk about the future and other things later."

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South Side
10:11 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park Residents To Be Forced Out For New Development

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park (A) is located just off the Mission Reach on the South Side.
Credit Google Maps

In spite of their emotional pleas, residents of the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park will be forced to move to make room for a $75 million development. Many people who spoke struck a chord with several council members and the mayor Thursday.

When it came time for the vote, Mayor Julián Castro reversed course from his usual push for progress. He said he could not support a zoning request to make the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park, located on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, a mixed-use development for shops and apartments.

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City Ordinances
10:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

NDO Put Through First Test In Complaint Against AT&T

Opponents to the city's NDO protested that the law would allow transgender people into restrooms of the sex they identify with, causing harm to others.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

AT&T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers.

The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial non-discrimination ordinance revision.

Last September, as city council debated the revised non-discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups in San Antonio, a case hinging on gender identity harassment was brewing.

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City Ordinances
9:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear

San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance enlivened supporters and opponents to voice their opinions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.

According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.

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City Government
12:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

How A Bag Ban Would Create A Burden For People Without Vehicles, Low Income

As city leaders discuss the possibility of a plastic bag ban, people who rely on public transportation believe a ban would be discriminatory.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are in the middle of discussions on a possible ban on single-use plastic bags. The topic comes as cities across the country are taking drastic steps to reduce the use of plastic bags to cut down on litter.

Most people would agree they're bad for the environment, but opponents say a proposed bag ban could unfairly target the poor because reusable bags cost money, and they're a burden to carry around for those without a vehicle.

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Community
9:46 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Group Could Steer Discussion On Ride-Sharing In San Antonio

Supporters and opponents of ride-sharing filled City Hall chambers to hear the city staff recommendations on updating the vehicle-for-hire ordinance.
Credit Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Over the next 60 days, city leaders, representatives from the cab industry and ride-share officials will form a work group to draft possible revisions to San Antonio's vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

Wednesday, the city council's Public Safety Committee backed the recommendation presented by the Assistant Police Director Steve Baum, who suggested revising the vehicle-for-hire ordinance's Chapter 33.

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Local Business
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses

Cheesy Janes food trucks help fill the gap of lost sales while the Broadway construction project continues.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A new city pilot program is helping businesses along the Blanco Road construction corridor that are taking a financial hit due to the work. But what about other businesses in the city also affected by construction?

The 20-month Broadway and Hildebrand project began in January 2013 and will be completed this summer. But when Jon Lindskog, the brains behind Cheesy Janes Burgers, approached the city for help with lost sales, the city told him there's nothing they could do.

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District 9 Special Election
12:46 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Candidate Bert Cecconi Not Giving Up Hope For District 9 Office

Bert Cecconi is running for City Council District 9.
Credit courtesy

The final candidate in our look at the race for San Antonio City Council District 9 is Bert Cecconi.

He's been an office hopeful for several years. According to city records, among the races he's run are a 2003 and 2007 bid for City Council District 8.

He switched to District 9 when the new city district lines were redrawn. Cecconi's determination isn't wavering, though.

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District 9 Special Election
2:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Weston Martinez Sticks To Conservative Values Message In Race For District 9

Weston Martinez is running his third campaign for San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The outspoken and conservative Weston Martinez wants San Antonio to enjoy its traditional values, he said during an interview about his candidacy for city council.

Martinez is aiming to capture the District 9 council seat that was vacated by Elisa Chan last year. She ran an ill-fated race for Texas Senate, losing to incumbent Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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District 9 Special Election
10:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Donald Oroian Points To Civil Engineering Experience In Case For Dist. 9 Seat

Donald Oroian is running for the San Antonio District 9 seat on the city council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

City Council District 9 candidate Donald Oroian is in good spirits and has plenty of confidence with over a week left until Election Day, May 10.

The small consulting firm owner is a neighborhood leader and a former city planning commission member who said he fits the bill for city council:

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