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.

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
2:36 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

With Only 7 Percent Voter Turnout In May Election, City Policies Roll On

Current San Antonio City Council Districts.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Voters cast their ballots over the weekend and now that the city elections are over - except for two June runoffs in Districts 5 and 8 - the direction of policies in San Antonio will largely continue uninterrupted.

This is mostly to do with the fact that voters chose candidates like Mayor Julián Castro, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, who all support progressive issues.

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City Council Elections
11:12 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Rebecca Viagran Unseats Ozuna With Ease In District 3

Rebecca Viagran talks to supporters on election night after she handily won the District 3 seat.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio's South Side has a new councilwoman to represent them at City Hall. Rebecca Viagran clinched 51 percent of the vote, surging far above Leticia Ozuna’s 38 percent.

Ozuna, although not truly an incumbent because she was appointed to the seat a year and a half ago to fill Jennifer Ramos’ unexpired term, was running her first race and expected to win the seat.

She cited experience and her work on technology issues for the city as reasons she should come back for a full term. Mayor Julián Castro also endorsed her.

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City Council Elections
11:01 am
Mon May 13, 2013

City Election Wrap: Easy Wins, An Upset And Two Runoffs

Shirley Gonzales led the five challengers in District 5 and now faces incumbent David Medina in a June 15 runoff.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Saturday's city council election wrapped up with several decisive victories for incumbents, but a few races are still to be decided.

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña beat his challenger with 84 percent of the vote, East Side Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will be returning for a third term, Ray Lopez of District 6 and Cris Medina of District 7 each won their races handily, as did District 9 and 10 Council Members Elisa Chan and Carlton Soules.

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City Council
2:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Following Recent Ethics Questions, City Council Votes To Raise Standards

Councilwoman Elisa Chan came under fire for not disclosing that her North Side business bordered the site for a proposed branch library.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

New ethics standards are on their way to San Antonio City Hall as the city council voted to add changes to the ethics code after several recent incidents cast a shadow of doubt on city leaders.

The most recent incident was over the vote for a new District 9 library, which was located next to Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s North Side business.

At the time, city staffers working on the project knew the library and Chan’s business, Unitech, were bordering each other, but said nothing to the city council on the matter.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Local Transportation Service Wins Contract For Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is expected to transport at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program, according to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors has chosen its transportation service to take students to and from the model education centers.

Four firms competed for the contract to provide transportation services for San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program.

Two of them were national companies - Durham Transportation, and First Student, Inc. One was a small, family-owned Texas company - All Aboard Transportation, based in Tom Bean. The final one hails from San Antonio - Star Shuttle.

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Land Rights
2:38 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Helotes-San Antonio Land Dispute Coming To A Resolution

City of Helotes sits on the northwest side of San Antonio

The cities of Helotes and San Antonio may be close to a resolution on a land deal that would allow the landlocked smaller town to gain additional territory.

A negotiated deal is on the San Antonio City Council agenda next week.

For years, Helotes and its city leaders have been in discussions with San Antonio to acquire 6.7 square miles as part of that town’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). San Antonio offered a smaller piece, but Helotes Mayor Tom Schoolcraft rejected the offer.

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Downtown Development
2:18 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Historic And Design Review Commission Rejects Tower Plan For Joske's Building

Rendering of the tower proposed for the Joskes building. The project was rejected at the Historic and Design Review Commission.

San Antonio's Historic and Design Review Commission has rejected an application for a hotel tower to be placed atop the old Joske's building downtown.

Even up until a minute before the last vote, no one could have guessed the final outcome of a vote by commissioners, who were torn over the decision. Half the members were for the project, and half were against. One member didn’t show up to the meeting because he is involved with the architects, Overland Partners, to restore the St. Anthony Hotel.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
1:59 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Pre-Enrollment Continues, New Times/Locations

Pre-K 4 SA board member Pamela Ray speaks to parents and teachers who came to see the curriculum under consideration.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Wednesday is the start of pre-enrollment for San Antonio’s new early childhood education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA. 700 students in total will be selected for the inaugural classes at the two model education centers, located on the northwest and southeast sides of town.

The city changed the dates and locations of pre-enrollment, which is now scheduled to run through May 9.

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Higher Education
4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

College Week Aims To Remove Barricades From Higher Learning

Mayor Julian Castro, SA2020 president Darryl Byrd, and Mark Vargas, chair of the Youth Commission, pose for a picture after the Destination College/College Week Kick-Off
GenTX San Antonio

The city is in the middle of a week-long list of events to motivate residents of all ages - from elementary to high school and beyond - to go to college.

On Monday, Mayor Julián Castro reminded people on the steps of City Hall about the city’s commitment to education.

"San Antonians set a bold goal," he said. "That goal was to make the biggest turnaround in educational achievement any big city has seen in a decade."

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Texas Constitution
11:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Castro Seeking City Attorney Opinion Following Attorney General Ruling On Domestic Benefits

Mayor Julian Castro is asking the city attorney's office how San Antonio would be affected by the AG's ruling that domestic partner benefits are unconstitutional.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In response to a request by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion on domestic partner benefits.

Abbott said cities, school districts and other "political subdivisions" who allow benefits to domestic partners are in violation of the Texas Constitution.

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