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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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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LGBTQ Rights
10:48 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Supporters Rally For Equal Rights In San Antonio, Court Hears DOMA Case

Mitsue McCoy leads chants with a megaphone outside City Hall. Marchers rallied City Hall to symbolize their support for a city-wide human rights ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Julie Pousson took the microphone and shouted that all people should be treated the same. A closeted lesbian for a long time, Pousson said no one should have to hide in the shadows, and her message resonated with the hundreds of people gathered outside the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday evening.

Activists held signs, candles, flags, and their pride for gays and lesbians who they believe should have the right to marry the same as traditional couples.

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City Council Elections
10:04 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Medina Deflects Criticism, Opponents Deal With Their Own Controversies

Candidates answer questions in front of an audience at a debate at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center.
Kevin Barton

Constituents on San Antonio's West Side say they are frustrated over a lack of leadership on the city council, a frustration that stems from current District 5 Councilman David Medina, but the field of candidates who are challenging him in this election also have their share of controversy.

Six candidates, including Medina, ironman competitor Shirley Gonzales, insurance agent John Carlos Garcia, businessman Richard Cardenas, attorney Ricardo Briones, and Frank Ramirez are all fighting for the job.

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City Council Elections
4:03 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Medina Challengers Voice Concerns At District 5 Town Hall

Voters will decide who will fill the district 5 seat on May 11
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The five candidates challenging incumbent David Medina for City Council District 5 - Richard Cardenas, Shirley Gonzales, John Carlos Garcia, Ricardo Briones, and Frank Ramirez - all say the representation in the district has been sub-standard.

They talked about their ideas at a town hall meeting on March 16 on the stage of the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center in the heart of district 5, but Medina was missing.

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City Council Elections
2:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Nirenberg Suggests To District 8 Constituents He's Ready For The Job

Ron Nirenberg speaks to people at the Hunters Creek meet and greet
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

With a month and a half to go until the city elections, candidates are defining themselves in different ways. For District 8 candidate Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager of jazz station KRTU, that means attacking the issues head on.

"At the end of the day, this council race should be about how can we help our community, and how can we do the right thing. It doesn't have to be after the election," said Nirenberg.

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VIA Modern Streetcar
4:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VIA Streetcar Meeting On Holy Thursday Could Affect Attendance

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA’s modern streetcar project will receive another public input meeting, this time concerning alternate routes.

But the flyer doesn’t make clear that routes are the alternatives that will be discussed.

The digital flyer sent by VIA says, "Modern Streetcar: Come hear and provide comments on detailed alternatives and their characteristics."

George Rodriguez, president for South Texas Alliance for Progress, a conservative group, said VIA appears to be involved in a game of wordplay.

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City Council Elections
3:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Bernal, Unopposed, Celebrates First Term & Focuses On The Future

Councilman Diego Bernal speaks to supporters at Chris Madrid's on March 23, 2012.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

He is the only council member unopposed, and instead of holding a re-election effort, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal held a thank you celebration.

"A lot of our success is the product of us working hand-in-hand with neighbors, and so it's a chance for me to thank them for working with us," he said Saturday.

Bernal hosted a community party at popular burger spot Chris Madrid's, and offered people the chance to get their t-shirts screen printed with his logo, which was created by local artist Cruz Ortiz.

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