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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West Side Revitalization
5:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Old City Service Center On West Side Approved For Redevelopment

Urban revitalization continues on the West Side, with projects like the Birdsong Peanut Factory delopment, and this new project.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The City Council has voted to sell land it no longer needs so that it can be redeveloped into shops and businesses.

The location of the land is on South Zarzamora, where the service center that houses public works, fire and solid waste departments will close this summer. A new service center, currently under construction, will open up at West Commerce and Callaghan Road.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:57 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feeding The Body And Mind At Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers

The garden and playground outside the northwest learning center is currently piled with dirt while the building is under construction.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A Pre-K 4 SA committee has voted to begin looking for vendors that will provide food services to the two model education centers, and city staffers want to erase the stereotype of traditional school lunches.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said there will be four food opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a late snack for extended day students.

"We're going to step away from that because we're not happy with the food from school districts at this point," Zanoni said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
7:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

A First Glimpse At Pre-K 4 SA Model Education Centers

One of two Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, located at Brooks City Base, will house all administrative offices for the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Policies and curriculum development have been underway for weeks. But for first time, the board members of San Antonio’s new early education measure, called Pre-K 4 SA, got to see some tangible proof their work is in motion.

Board member Bob Bevard, an appointee of District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, strolled through the northwest side model education center, a former Southwest Airlines calling center, on Tuesday and said, “This is cool.”

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Síclovía Is Back!
12:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

People Replace Cars On Broadway For Siclovia This Sunday

In what has proven to be a popular community event, Síclovía happens twice a year in April and October.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio's Síclovía is back in action on Sunday and invites people to "come play in the street." On Sunday, Broadway Street will be closed to cars and trucks between Lion's Field and Alamo Plaza.

The idea for the event originates 30 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, a city growing in fame for its efforts to cut down on pollution and get residents more active.

"You can skate, walk, run, ride, [it] doesn't make any difference. Just come out and enjoy yourself," said Geoffrey Crabtree, the acting chairman of the YMCA board.

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Transportation
11:04 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TxDOT Looking At High Speed Rail For South Texas To Oklahoma City

High speed rail is one option being evaluated for a Texas-to-Oklahoma line.
Flickr user amanderson2

A Texas Department of Transportation study shows that portions of IH-35 in Bexar County rank 35th out of 100 roads in the state that are the most congested. A portion of IH-35 in Dallas ranks 9th most congested.

Combine that type of congestion with the number of people steadily moving to Texas, and a real transportation nightmare could be in store.

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City Council Elections
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

District 2 Candidate Darden Emphasizes Need For Community Partnerships

Norris Tyrone Darden is challenging incumbent Ivy Taylor for District 2
Courtesy Norris Tyrone Darden

Challenging the incumbent to the East Side city council seat are four opponents who say they want to address the issues facing District 2: Antonio Diaz, Hector Medina, and Norris Tyrone Darden.

Darden praises current Councilwoman Ivy Taylor for the job she’s done, but is careful in using words that give her too much credit. The long-time resident of the district said Taylor, an outsider who is not originally from San Antonio, is not addressing what really needs to be addressed.

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Streetcar Proponents Push Forward, Opponents Keep Up The Fight

VIA Metropolitan Transit

The back and forth on VIA's proposed modern streetcar continued Thursday night at a meeting to gather public input; the system is on track to launch in 2017, but many people are determined to derail the idea.

The proposed downtown system for San Antonio involves five miles of rail with one route traveling north to south through downtown, and the other east to west. Like most of the exact details involving the system, it's yet to be determined where the embedded rails and overhead powerlines would go.

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Electric Vehicles
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Council Considers Return Of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Neighborhood electric vehicles like this one, could start to be a common site in parts of San Antonio if the ban is lifted.
Flickr user miheco cc

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV's), haven't been allowed on San Antonio side streets since 2006, but they could be making a comeback.

Several serious accidents - often times involving young drivers - prompted a ban of such vehicles, sometimes called low speed vehicles, by the San Antonio City Council. That was seven years ago, but new state laws require them to be licensed and registered and an amendment to the Transportation Code allows the vehicles to travel on roads with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less.

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City Council Elections
2:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

District 8 Candidates Push Each Other Into Political Corners

Mike Kueber
Courtesy Mike Kueber

The race for San Antonio’s City Council District 8 has been chock full of the usual campaigning techniques. Rolando Briones, Ron Nirenberg and Mike Kueber have participated in neighborhood association debates and town forums, they’ve walked the streets and they’ve been out doing community meet and greets.

But the heat is on between Briones and Nirenberg, and although Kueber isn't in the middle of the ruckus, he is taking the opportunity to ask questions of his own.

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City Council Elections
2:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Saldana Ready For Second Term, Still No Word From Challenger

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana is seeking his second term on the San Antonio City Council
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña has his eyes set on his second term, and said the future is in the hands of the people of San Antonio.

"We need to step up to make sure we're controlling the pace of how that happens and the best way is remember that on April 29 we have an opportunity to vote," he said. "Now I'd love it if you voted for me but the one important thing is that you come out and vote."

He waxed poetic at his recent campaign kick-off in the heart of his district.

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