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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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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Education
4:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Teacher Unveils Expectations For Himself, His Students, And The Program

Eric Smith is a master teacher hired by San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to kick off the inaugural year of the early education initiative.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Eric Smith began his career as a journalist--reporting, copy editing and designing. But after a while, he felt something was missing from his life.

Smith became involved with the mentorship program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, so that he could inspire young people.

"I loved it,” he said. “It got to where I was looking forward to that more than I was looking forward to my job. That's when I knew I needed to change careers."

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Arts & Culture
10:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mabel Jingu Enkoji Remembered for Cultural Legacy

Mabel Jingu Enkoji
Jingu Family

The legacy of Mabel Jingu Enkoji will live on through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House, the home she grew up in.

Her daughter, Peggy Nishio, said she was a non-traditional Japanese person because she was boisterous and loved throwing parties. Just the same, Nishio said, her mother became a “Texas Asian.”

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City Government
10:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Even With Budget Shortfall, Sculley Says San Antonio Is No Detroit

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley speaks to panelists at a TPR Town Hall meeting held at the Pearl.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With nearly $19 billion in debt, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Detroit's top officials have been ignoring the warning signs for decades.

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said she is not sure how the city will dig itself out of the financial ruin.

"They've been in a situation where their assessed valuation and their population have both been declining for many years," Sculley said.

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Road Safety
3:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Crash Barrels Make A Difference Saving Lives On The Highway

Vehicle impact attenuators are located throughout the state to help cushion the blow to drivers who crash into barriers and the median on the highway.
Ryan Loyd TPR

With distracted and drunk driving plaguing San Antonio and Bexar County, officials are taking drastic measures to help reduce injury and death from highway accidents.

The Texas Department of Transportation is helping save lives with vehicle impact attenuators, or crash barrels, which look like sand-filled trash cans and are located in spots where there is an exit or where the highway divides into an upper and lower level.

The attenuators are meant to soften the blow if a driver is heading toward what would otherwise be a solid concrete wall.

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Pre-K 4 SA Facilities
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Pre-K Board Green Lights Study Of East Side Facility To Complement Program

Pre-K Board Chair Elaine Mendoza talks with TPR's Ryan Loyd outside the North Side model education center.
Frederick Gonzales City of San Antonio Photographer

The Pre-K 4 SA board has voted to initiate a six-month study on a facility at St. Philip’s College.

The purpose of the study will be to find out how the facility could assist San Antonio’s new education initiative in providing educational benefits to the city’s four-year-old population.

"The St. Philips site is not really a fifth site because the footprint is much smaller," said Elaine Mendoza, the board’s chairperson.

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Public Library
9:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Library Board Considering Strengthened Internet Policies

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Public Library could be tightening up its internet security measures to keep kids from seeing something they shouldn't online.

Currently, there are no filters installed on computers located at branch libraries or the central library downtown, according to the library’s community and public relations manager, Caitlin Cowart.

Instead, users must click an agreement before surfing the internet that outlines terms of use, said Cowart. Additionally, Cowart said staff members monitor users in the open spaces where computers are.

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Animal Welfare
9:01 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Animal Care Services To Evaluate Free Spay/Neuter Zip Codes

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Animal Care Services will soon be reevaluating the areas where the highest animal problems are being reported.

Using a geographic information system, Animal Care Services collects all kinds of information about the city's stray animal population, where the highest number of bite cases are coming from, and where deceased animals are being found.

Public Information Officer Lisa Norwood said that information helps focus the department's efforts.

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