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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St. Patrick's Day
11:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising The Profile Of Irish Heritage In San Antonio

Kevin Dowd, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, prepares hundreds of pounds of meat for the Hooley celebration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As members of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas began preparations for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, including a Saturday "Hooley," President Kevin Dowd reflected on the tradition.

"The Irish will fight to the death for what they believe in," he said as he cut hundreds of sausage links at Beethoven Maennerchor Hall on Pereida St. "Right or wrong, that's just the way we're made."

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Beacon Hill Basketball Court Is A Place To Shape Young People

The Beacon Hill basketball court opened in late 2012 and is phase one of park construction plans in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Beacon Hill is an eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown San Antonio. Victorian-style homes line the streets, but suburban sprawl attracted people away from the area, leaving many of those homes and parks in decay.

Now, Beacon Hill is on the rebound with a new playground and basketball court, helping to breathe life into the neighborhood.

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Community
9:46 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Federal Officials Make Recommendations For East Side Improvements

An apartment building in the Wheatley Courts complex.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Federal officials visited San Antonio's East Side this week to guage how reinvestment dollars are shaping housing and education needs.

The city received federal funding in the form of two grants: the Choice Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2012, which targets housing, and the Promise Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2011, which focuses on education.

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Community Safety
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Code Enforcement Spreading The Word About Boarding Home Ordinance

City of San Antonio

The city's new boarding home ordinance is now in place and has been well publicized, but code enforcement officers like Jenny Ramirez are making the rounds to neighborhood associations to make sure everyone knows the rules.

"Today what I really, really wanted to do is focus on giving you a really good concise definition of what we adopted as far as our boarding home ordinance," she said.

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School Improvements
5:10 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bernal Proposes Easier Method To Approve Money For School Safety Projects

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal wants an easier method to approve safety improvements around city schools.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

School safety may be at the heart of nearly every project District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal advocates, but he said the rules for how the city spends money delay improvement projects.

Now he’s on a mission to change that.

"We can all agree that pedestrian safety around schools is a priority. No one's going to argue with that," he said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Adjusts Job Descriptions For Key Positions

Children from the George Gervin Academy hold signs in support of Pre-K 4 SA during a pre-voting press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR

As a subcommittee of the Pre-K 4 SA board prepares to receive recommendations from city staffers on how kids will enroll for the program, the board has been busy adjusting the job descriptions of some key positions.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said the board wanted to include as many qualified candidates as possible, without ruling anyone out because they didn’t have the right credentials.

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The Impact Of War Project
2:51 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD

Bernie Green is a supervisor with the Department of Defense's Military Working Dog Breeding Program. Experts say dogs can suffer from PTSD-like conditions that can affect their military capabilities later on.
Ryan Loyd KSTX

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 7:04 pm

For years, PTSD — or post-traumatic stress disorder — has been an issue for military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

But humans aren't the only ones with problems. Military dogs returning from war zones are also showing signs of PTSD. And there's evidence that these canines need some extra tender loving care after their tours of duty.

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Community Safety
2:41 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

New Crosswalk Makes Crossing Fredericksburg Road A Little Safer

A group of residents, along with media crews and Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina, test out the HAWK crosswalk on Fredericksburg Road.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Last year San Antonio Police reported that dozens of people were struck and killed crossing busy roadways. As a result, Police Chief William McManus instituted stricter jaywalking policies.

However, people continued illegally crossing the street, and one area where it kept happening was on Fredericksburg Road, which sees more than 16,000 cars each day.

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Downtown Development
2:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Inner-City Reinvestment Progress Report From Henry Cisneros

Broadway is in the midst of revitalization and events like Síclovía get residents out to enjoy the downtown area.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mayor Julián Castro's movement to re-energize downtown is at the heart of dozens of active projects, and one of the goals of the mayor's transformation programs, SA2020, is to attract people to the city core by building 7,500 apartment units.

One of Castro's confidants is Henry Cisneros, who leads CityView, a company that works with builders to create homes priced within the range of average families.

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Broadway Fire
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Fire Department Investigating Cause Of Downtown Fire In Vacant Building

Water flows down Broadway as firefighters battle the two-alarm fire at an empty building downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arson investigators are looking into a two-alarm fire that engulfed a vacant building downtown last night. More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the flames near a hotel at Third and Broadway.

Firefighters battled stubborn flames for hours with gallons of water flowing onto the street below making it look more like the Riverwalk.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor," said District Fire Chief Keith Crusius, who said people at the nearby Travelers Hotel self-evacuated.

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