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
6:08 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Coming Up: One Councilmember, In Densely Populated Ballot

Mayor Ivy Taylor was selected to serve as mayor, making way for her former council seat to open. A field of candidates emerged during the midterm elections to fill the seat until the municipal elections in May 2015.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The San Antonio City Council will hold a special election on Tuesday, as part of the midterm cycle, to pick one councilmember for Mayor Ivy Taylor's former seat. The person elected will finish out Taylor's term, which ends in May with all the other councilmembers’ seats.

Six candidates initially threw their hats in the ring. They, in the order they appear on the ballot, are Norris Tyrone Darden, Keith A. Toney, Ntando McIntosh, Alan E. Warrick, Dori L. Brown, and Elmo Aycock. Brown later withdrew from the race on Aug. 25, according to the City Clerk's office.

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Community
6:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

District 2 Senior Center Celebrates Much Needed Expansion

The District 2 Senior Center celebrated an expansion that allows residents opportunity to do more activities.
Credit Dreamweek.org

This week, city leaders got together with residents in District 2, to celebrate the expansion of a senior center on the east side of town. The center, located on W.W. White Road near Rigsby, has been open for a few years. But it had outgrown its location very quickly, and has now also taken over the office next door.

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Government
4:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

San Antonio City Council Approves Historic $3.4 Billion Vista Ridge Pipeline Project

Standing in front of the San Antonio City Council, barely able to reach the microphone atop the broad wood podium, Verna Dement carried a stack of papers.

The Lee County woman had come to the Alamo City to ask the council to hold up on voting for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, a $3.4 billion, 142-mile pipeline, which would draw water from Dement’s neighboring Burleson County, to provide San Antonio and potentially, other cities along the I-35, water for decades to come.

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Government
7:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Equal Pay For Equal Work: EEOC Asks City Officials To Meet With Women Who Alleged Discrimination

Credit City of San Antonio

City officials however, defend their position, and tell TPR’s Ryan Loyd the women lost out because of a lack of performance, not because of their gender

The City of San Antonio and two women who claimed they didn't receive equal pay for equal work have been invited to meet informally and resolve their dispute before any lawsuits are filed.

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Border & Immigration
4:13 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

From Darkness To Light: At The Heart Of The Immigration Crisis Are Stories Of Horror And Hope

The woman with the nickname Margarita told reporters of her journey from Honduras, escaping domestic violence at the hands of gangs.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Tuesday evening, three small families were led out of the Karnes County Residential Center to begin a new journey.

A woman who is being called Margarita cradled her two year old son, nicknamed José. They took their first steps out of the center southeast of San Antonio into the bright Texas sun. The tension could be felt in the air. Margarita and two other mother and child pairs, San Pedro Sula natives, made bond through the immigration law group, RAICES, which spent more than $15,000 that was collected through donations.

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Business
12:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Robert Earl Keen, Pedernales Brewing Launch Musician's Signature Beer

The pallet of empty cans starts the process of canning the Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For Robert Earl Keen, the musician who is synonymous with Texas, the show goes on forever and the party never ends. Now the king of Texas country music will have his own beer for the party that never ends when his line of beer, dubbed the REK Honey Pils, rolls out Wednesday.

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Border & Immigration
4:20 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Songs Of Protest And Symbols Of Hope, As Protestors Rally At Under-Fire Detention Center

Picketers place paper handcuffs on the sign in front of the Karnes City Residential Center to signify that the facility is a jail.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Ringing protest chants and flashy signs greeted security at the Karnes County Residential Center Saturday, southeast of San Antonio, where 60 people gathered in solidarity with immigrant women and children housed inside; immigrants who made it across the U.S. border after fleeing violence in Central America.

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Government
6:09 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Police Chief McManus Reverses Course On Increased Panhandling Ordinance

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a surprising move Wednesday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus revealed that he is stepping away from his proposal that, if approved by council, would have made it against the law in the city to give anything - from money to blankets - to a panhandler.

The revelation came up at the end of the city council's public safety committee. The item was not scheduled to be discussed. But a question from a council member on where the proposal stood prompted the chief to explain why he's aborting the plan.

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Community
5:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Human Rights Campaign Won't Budge On AT&T's Perfect Equality Score

AT&T has earned a perfect score since 2004 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign says it'll take a lot more than a petition to convince them that a company's Corporate Equality Index Score, which measures how a company treats lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, should be lowered.

But that's exactly what Matt Hileman, a San Antonio transgender man, wants to happen with AT&T's perfect score. It was last year when Hileman, who worked at AT&T, said he overheard two of his co-workers talking about transgender people in a threatening way.

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Community
8:24 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

New Program At TLU To Help Meet The Need For Medical Professionals

Professor Amie Bedgood controls the mannequin from a booth.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The sounds are so vivid and familiar. No one wants to find themselves here. With staccato beeps, heart monitors stay by a patient's side like a faithful friend. The linens that dress the beds are heavenly white. The modestly light body covering keeps the person inside the bed from being revealed, and it's always cold.

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