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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Valentine's Day
3:53 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Following Controversial Remarks Last Year, Pastor Joe Sullivan Back On Courthouse Steps

Couples will gather on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to exchange vows in what is a San Antonio tradition.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The pastor who came under fire last year for his remarks at the Valentine’s Day ceremonies at the Bexar County Courthouse will be allowed to perform marriages again this year.

Last Valentine’s Day, a video recording captured his not so loving comments to same-sex couples who showed up to the midnight ceremony. In the recording, he can be heard saying, "If people are here just trying to be repulsive and offensive to people, you'll have to deal with God one of these days after this."

Last year Julie Pousson came to Commissioner’s Court to complain about Sullivan’s actions.

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San Antonio Film
9:03 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Photos: Bluesman Robert Johnson's Deal With The Devil

Tyler Jacob Rollinson waits for his cue to begin the scene downtown in Peacock Alley.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Musical styles like rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and R&B trace their roots back to the blues, which partly sprang from one man who recorded his famous "Cross Road Blues" in a San Antonio hotel room.

Blues musician Robert Johnson arrived in San Antonio in 1936 and recorded some of his most famous work, like “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues,” in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel downtown.

The modest itinerant musician would join the legends after this, but it was a fledgling time in America’s recording industry.

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City Government
2:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Richard Cardenas Challenging For City Council District 5

Richard Cardenas announced his candidacy for City Council Dist. 5 at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center Thursday
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board member Richard Cardenas has announced his bid for City Council District 5.

The San Antonio native officially announced his bid for the seat Thursday at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center on the city’s near West Side. Closing his remarks before supporters, Cardenas said, “Let’s revive district 5,” which will be his main battle cry.

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San Antonio Tourism
12:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Renovated Alamo Gift Shop Aimed At Increasing Income, Traffic

Sue Wigston (left) and her sister, who are in town from Canada, visit the Alamo gift shop.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Alamo gift shop reopened after a month of renovations to customers looking to scoop up historical keep-sakes of the Texas revolution.

“I grabbed a postcard, made sure it said Alamo on it, slapped it down, and wanted to be that first customer,” said Sue Wigston, who is in town from Ontario, Canada.

“We got caught up in the gift shop instead so now we're going to go back track and learn about the history of the Alamo,” she said.

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Downtown Development
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Student Housing Included In West Side Downtown Loft Development

The old Birdsong Peanut Factory will feature 98 loft spaces, 30-50 percent of which will be for students.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio is adding yet another urban living project in the downtown area, but this time a significant number of units will be designated for students.

The project, located at the old Birdsong Peanut Factory site on S. Frio on the near West Side, will have 98 lofts., with 30-50 percent of them for student housing.

The official groundbreaking on Wednesday marked the beginning of a 19,000 square foot facility. Mayor Julián Castro, who has pushed for urban living and has said this is the "decade of downtown," said he was surprised by a peanut factory in San Antonio.

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City Utilities
11:14 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Staffing Issues At CPS Energy Partly To Blame For High January Bills

CPS Energy

Although it may be a mild winter -- even by San Antonio standards -- customers of CPS Energy, the city’s electric company, are experiencing huge spikes in their bills, specifically January.

CPS Energy confirmed staffing of meter readers has dropped, which contributed to increased estimated meter reads. The utility's Christine Patmon said staff members who are retiring are not being replaced, and the it recently finished negotiating contracts for meter readers.

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Community
2:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lopez Wants Old Highway 90 Renamed For Enrique Barrera

Dist. 6 Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea for renaming Old Highway 90 to Enrique Barrera
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In his State- of-the-District address, District 6 city Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea to rename Old Highway 90 after former councilman, activist and school board president Enrique Barrera.

Barrera died nearly six years ago, but according to Lopez and family members left a mark on the community he served.

"This is a wonderful blessing," said Leticia Barrera, Enrique’s wife. "He left a lot of good things in this community."

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International Business
6:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Looking To Bolster Local Manufacturing By Increasing Exports

Much of the discussion at City Hall yesterday was about economic issues like exports.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are looking at ways to increase its import and export industry, but are focusing intently on exports.

According to reports, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom and China are the top five export markets for the city, with exports increasing by $5 billion from 2003 to 2010.

Many within the city now want to focus on challenges like logistics in transporting or varying regulations in exports that block San Antonio's success.

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Help Wanted
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Employees And Employers Mismatched In Bexar County

A student in the Just in Time program works on a training project. The first wave of graduates will be ready for work in March.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.

In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.

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Community Giving
9:19 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Volunteers Needed To Help SA2020 Progress

Mayor Julian Castro signs a commitment to education at SA2020 kick-off event
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Since the formation of the SA2020 organization nearly a year ago, workers have been focusing on setting up volunteer areas for the community to help the city achieve major goals.

Under the direction of Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, 11 categories ranging from education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and neighborhoods were identified as interests to attract volunteers. Partner agencies like Rackspace and AT&T will lead the causes, and currently only half have a lead agency.

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