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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San Antonio Landmarks
3:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Cool Crest Reopens To Thankful Nostalgic Crowd

Cool Crest Miniature Golf reopened Sunday after having been closed for several years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

For many San Antonians,  putt putt golf at the Cool Crest miniature course on Fredericksburg Road wasn’t just another thing to do, it was a way of life.

The historic course closed in 2007 after Maria Metzger passed away. She and her husband, Harold, had owned and operated the date-night spot for decades, but now four brothers have taken it under their wing.

James, Phillip, Albert and Mitchell Landry look back on their many times spent on the turf greens with fondness.

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Government
12:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Facing Difficult Decisions, San Antonio City Council Sets Tone For Next Two Years

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales talks to colleagues before taking the dais for the first time.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The San Antonio City Council took the oath of office in a swearing in ceremony inside the chambers of City Hall, preparing for what is ahead for the body over the next two years.

Mayor Julián Castro said the mission of the council is a double-edged sword because each member is looking out for the interests of their own district, but he told his colleagues they also have to do what’s best for the city as a whole.

"The challenge that all of us face is to balance the everyday needs of our constituents with a long-term grand vision for our city's future," he said on the dais.

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City Government
5:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

San Antonio's Budget Shortfall May Impact Children's Advocacy Agency

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña named SPARK fitness parks as a top funding goal during the council's day-long budget-setting session.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the 2014 budget and with that in mind, council members set out to define their goals for next year at a day-long goal-setting session at the Central Library on Tuesday.

Included in the budget are what’s known as unfunded requests, which are items the city doesn’t have the money to fund. Delegate agency ChildSafe is requesting $100,000 in 2014, and $500,000 over five years.

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Government
3:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Newly Elected Shirley Gonzales' Two New Big Jobs: Councilwoman and Mom

Shirley Gonzales announced at her runoff watch party that she and her husband are expecting a baby at the end of the year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The good news hasn’t stopped for newly-elected District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

During her runoff election night watch party at her west side campaign headquarters, Gonzales announced she is expecting a baby. By the end of the night, she’d won the election against her opponent, incumbent David Medina. The events mean two big jobs are ahead for Gonzales, who in her free time is also an Ironman competitor.

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Government
2:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

San Antonio City Council Pushes For Flood Solutions

FEMA denied San Antonio and surrounding areas flooding assistance. The City Council wants answers to common flooding problems.
Joey Palacios TPR

Following devastating floods that hit San Antonio over Memorial Day weekend, the City Council has reallocated $3.75 million for cleanup and repair projects.

Public Works Director Majed Al-Ghafry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency declined to assist San Antonio and surrounding areas cleanup and repair from the Memorial Day flood because the flooding didn't quite do enough damage. Guidelines require that damage totals $5.9 million or more locally for federal assistance to kick in.

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Community
4:07 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Statistically Speaking, the Spurs Are Superior, Says Researcher

Hilton Palacio del Rio

The heat is on in San Antonio, but fans hope the Spurs can be on the Heat in Miami for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Statistically speaking, the Spurs are a superior team, according to Analytic Focus researcher Gianfranco Semino, who says the Spurs as a whole have better numbers than the Heat, and the percentages go up when you take out the big three players on each team, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, and LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.

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Government
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Budget Requests A Challenge For City Council During Shortfall

Bexar County

The city of San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the general fund for 2014, but outside agencies are requesting funding in the next budget before decisions are made to cut or reduce their piece of the pie.

These are items that are considered unfunded, and city leaders must figure out if the city can afford the requests.

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Texas
12:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Brewers Raise A Glass to New Beer Laws In Texas

Enjoying a locally brewed cold one will soon be easier.
Clemensfranz Wikimedia Commons

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, raised a glass Wednesday night at the Blue Star Brewing Company to toast new beer laws adopted by the Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry.

Those bills, dubbed the Texas Freedom Beer laws, will be changing the way craft brewers are able to reach their fans.

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Take A Look At The First Drawings Of The New Convention Center

Rendering shows the north portion of the new convention center on Market Street.
Populous

The San Antonio City Council got their first look at the designs for the new expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this week.

At the council session, Michael Sawaya, director of Convention and Sports Facilities, said almost immediately after taking the podium that San Antonio has outgrown the current setup.

He said it’s important that San Antonio remain competitive for conventions going forward.

"It’s about sustainability, about quality and about convenience for the customer, about being a one-stop shop destination," he said.

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Science & Technology
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Research Funding Could Be Threatened By Sequestration

UT Health Science Center

The effects of federal budget cuts known as sequestration have scientists and medical researchers worried that funding will start to be cut.

Research and medical discoveries depend on a plentiful supply of money, but if lawmakers in Washington, D.C. slash funding, research can’t be conducted.

That could mean a new generation of researchers won't have jobs according to Research!America President Mary Woolley, who said that will be detrimental to the country in the next 10 years.

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