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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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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City Council Elections
6:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On First Day Of Early Voting, David Medina Warned About Voting Violation

Dist. 5 Councilman David Medina was cited for a voting violation of entering a polling location with a logo shirt on the first day of early voting.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Now that early voting is underway, San Antonians will see a barrage of candidate signs popping up like spring flowers at polling locations across the city.

In addition to the campaign signs at the Collins Garden Library on District 5’s North Park Street, campaign volunteers to some of the six candidates in the race to represent the city's near west side are welcoming people to the polls.

"Vote David Medina!" could be heard as one man shouted the words proudly in an effort to get the incumbent, David Medina, re-elected.

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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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