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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City Council Elections
4:04 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Swayed By Nirenberg Campaign Ad, Williams Endorses Briones

Dist. 8 Councilman Reed Williams endorsed Rolando Briones for his seat.
Ryan Loyd TPR

After more than a year watching the race from the sidelines, outgoing District 8 Councilman Reed Williams has finally announced who he is backing to fill his seat.

Williams, who said last year he wouldn’t be seeking his third term in order to spend more time with family, initially wanted to keep his opinions about the candidates to himself to allow each of the challengers a fair shot at the job.

But a mailer to constituents by candidate Ron Nirenberg put the councilman over the edge.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Names Interim CEO

Photo courtesy Kathy Bruck

Veteran educator Kathy Bruck has been chosen to lead Pre-K 4 SA as the program's interim CEO.

With nearly 40 years of experience in early learning, Bruck said her job in leading Pre-K 4 SA through its infant phases will effect students, teachers, and parents, not only within the Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, but in districts and schools throughout San Antonio.

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City Council Elections
3:38 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Former Chan Staffer Salinas Challenging Her For District 9 Seat

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan talks about the police department's helicopter unit and community safety at Stinson Airfield, Sept. 2012
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's District 9, which covers the city's North and Far North sides, has two candidates for city council. One of them is the incumbent for the seat, Elisa Chan, and the other is Chan’s former campaign worker and chief of constituency, Jason Salinas.

Chan would like to see a third term, but Salinas said he wanted to give voters an option, so he signed up for the race on the day of the deadline.

"Democracy works best when voters are given legitimate choices, and when citizens are heard and are properly represented," Salinas said.

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City Ethics
4:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Proposed Changes To City Ethics Code Shaking Up City Council

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has proposed changes to the city's ethics code and some council members would like time to review the proposed changes.

As of right now, city council is expected to vote on the changes in early May.

Among the most drastic recommended changes to the city's ethics code is adding a compliance officer to be hired by the city manager.

Bernard said that takes the burden off him because, as he told the city council, it's hard to be the lawyer and the client.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Committee Begins Building Pre-K 4 SA Curriculum With Public Input

Musical instruments are part of the curriculum being considered for the inaugural Pre-K 4 SA program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The public got their first chance to see and touch the curriculum being considered for the Pre-K 4 SA early childhood education measure.

Four programs are on the table for consideration by the Pre-K 4 SA curriculum committee, including options from Pearson Publishing’s OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Scholastic , but first they wanted to see what people thought of the materials.

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Fiesta 2013
4:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe

Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

Fiesta gets underway tomorrow and the Boston Marathon bombings have San Antonio police and firefighters strengthening their presence to make sure people stay safe during the 11-day celebration.

Fiesta is San Antonio's way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto and it all started in 1891 with a hugely successful Battle of Flowers Parade.

Though the years since have been full of fun and festivities, there was one incident that changed everything.

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Spanish Missions
1:12 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Doggett Urges Committee To Act Quickly On Missions Expansion Resolution

Eileen Pace TPR

Congressman Lloyd Doggett testified Tuesday before a committee on Capital Hill to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Park.

Doggett expressed his desire to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Park by 137 acres to the Committee on Natural Resources.

The area includes Missions San Jose, San Juan and Espada.

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Land Rights
10:04 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Land Battle Tests Usually Friendly Helotes-San Antonio Relationship

Floore's Country Store in Helotes.
Flickr user LadyJaneGrey (Sarah Martin) cc

The 2013 land grab is underway between the cities of San Antonio and Helotes. Helotes city leaders are taking on San Antonio with legislation for a few square miles that San Antonio doesn’t want to let go of.

Helotes and residents of the San Antonio Ranch subdivision want the town to scoop up a swath of land that’s in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The City of Helotes is asking for San Antonio to release a 6.7 square mile parcel of land that is outside of San Antonio’s city limits.

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:49 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

First Paid Speaking Engagement For Mayor Castro

Though the mayor has been a familiar face around the country since his DNC keynote, this is the first time he will be paid for an appearance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be giving the keynote speech Tuesday at the National Development Council's three-day training seminar in Washington, D.C.

It is the first speech he'll be getting paid to deliver.

The National Development Council works with cities on economic and community development, helping to revitalize areas that desperately need attention.

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Manufacturing in San Antonio
10:46 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Manufacturing Graduates Get First Look At Job Market

justintimesa.com

The Just in Time manufacturing program is now starting to graduate students, and a job fair on Friday gave graduates the chance to get job leads.

The school is the first of its kind and launched last October to jump start manufacturing careers with learning intensive 90-day training classes to get candidates quickly into the workforce.

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