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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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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City Council Elections
2:34 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Saldaña Seeking Two More Years On City Council

Rey Saldaña, seen here running with Mayor Castro to promote Pre-K 4 SA, will seek a second term on city council.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña will soon officially announce his bid for re-election to city council.

The 26 year old is finishing his freshman term on the council, having worked toward increased police presence, supported the city’s Pre-K 4 SA measure and pushed for the 500-acre renovation of a former landfill -- now the Pearsall Park -- in southwest San Antonio.

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Education Technology
9:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

SAISD Testing Tablets To Increase Student Performance

Marina Garcia works on a biology lab with a classmate using a Kindle tablet
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Independent School District is testing out technology to increase student performance.

This semester, 22 students at Fox Tech high school will do their reading, check assignments and conduct lab experiments using a Kindle tablet.

Senior Marina Garcia is one of the students taking part in the pilot program in one of the school’s advanced placement biology classes.

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Community
8:05 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Walmart Groundbreaking Signals Another Reason South Side Is Still Alive

Ground breaking for the new Walmart on the city's South Side
Ryan Loyd TPR

City leaders, area chamber presidents and Walmart officials officially broke ground at the site of a new store to be built on the city’s south side. The 180,000 foot store will be located at I-35 and Palo Alto Road, where Palo Alto meets Patron Street.

Daniel Morales with Walmart said opening stores in communities often sparks economic growth.

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Texas Education
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

What Parents Should Know About Education Cuts

During the last year, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas’ schools and students.
Children at Risk

Lawmakers cut $5.4 billion to public education during the last legislative session, which meant districts had to act fast.

"We have looked at turning lights off, adjusting air conditioning systems, redoing transportation bus routes," said North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy, who said that 85 percent of his budget is education.

Gottardy didn't have to cut positions and instead reduced his staff through attrition, which still meant larger class sizes.

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Developing
9:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

No Word From Local Boy Scout Chapters On Policy Change... Yet

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest youth organizations, is considering lifting their national ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters.
Flickr user born1945 Used creative commons

Boy Scouts of America leaders are weighing the possibility of lifting its ban on homosexual members and leaders, but a nation-wide policy could do little to nothing to effect change at local clubs throughout the country.

A statement by the organization said chartered clubs would accept membership and select leaders based on its mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

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