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.

Pages

City Government
9:43 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Disagreements On Key Issues In Three-Candidate District 3 Race

Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna six months after her appointment to the San Antonio City Council works at her field office at Brooks City Base.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Voters will head to the polls on  Saturday, May 11, and the race for the District 3 seat is getting tense. The seat's current occupant, Leticia Ozuna, did not win the seat by election. She was appointed in January 2012 to fulfill Jennifer Ramos' term.

Ramos left the city council to focus on a campaign for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 1 a race that she ultimately lost.

Read more
City Government
2:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Accusations Fly In Race For San Antonio Council District 8

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek another term after serving for the last 4 years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Known for his voice of reason and scrutiny of topics that come across the dais on city council days, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams will not be seeking his third term. This has thrown the door wide open to a list of people ready to fill the seat.

Rolando Briones, an engineer, Ron Nirenberg, associate general manager of Trinity’s jazz station KRTU, and Michael Kueber, a retired attorney, are all ready to be the next city councilman.

Read more
City Government
11:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mayor Castro Outlines Progress In State Of The City Address

Mayor Julian Castro talks to supporters following his annual State of the City address.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Standing on a stage inside Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro began his annual State of the City address by joking that people should pick up a copy of Vogue.

The mayor and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, are featured in the March edition of the trendy fashion magazine.

Before long Castro was into a list of items he and the city council have taken up over the last year:

Read more
City Government
11:37 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Rey Saldaña Running For City Council Office (pun intended)

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña (middle of the pack in red shirt), along with Mayor Julián Castro, runs to City Hall to champion the early education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA ahead of the November general election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The deadline for candidates to file for the San Antonio City Council elections is Friday. So far,  District 4 is the only office with no candidates listed.

The incumbent, Rey Saldaña, said that’ll change Thursday when he runs for the office, quite literally.

The Stanford graduate and former Stanford Cardinal baseball player will run seven and a half miles, do nearly 100 push-ups, 170 squats and finish with 10 burpees – a sort of squat-push up combo.

Read more
Child Abuse
1:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Childsafe Expanding Outreach To Include Physical Abuse And Neglect

Bexar County's only child advocacy center, ChildSafe, has announced a realignment to serve more children, but there are some challenges in the move.

For 23 years, ChildSafe has served child victims of sexual abuse, but the now it's expanding to provide services for children of physical abuse and neglect. The organization is one of the last advocacy centers in Texas to expand to this role.

President Kim Abernethy said she thinks that is because the center started with a major focus on sexual abuse.

Read more
Military Voting
2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Texas Making Voting Easier For Deployed Military Members

Efforts to improve voting numbers for members of the military, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act, are encouraging better voter turnout.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making it easier for troops to vote by simplifying the process in a new effort dubbed 'Boots and Ballots.'

Senior Airman Brittany Bohn said last year she thought she was registered in Texas, but found out at the last minute her voter registration was in Indiana. She wants her vote to count.

"I don't want to say that voting gets put on the back burner, but it does," Bohn said.

Email ballots and simpler forms have already made voting easier.

Read more
Community Health
12:31 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Thanks To Stimulus Money, SAISD Schools/Communities Get Health Renovations

The sound of a Bobcat can be heard around the clock in the near southwest side neighborhood where construction is underway at Harris Middle School.
Ryan Loyd

Five schools in the San Antonio ISD are being outfitted with opportunities for the community to exercise and get healthy. The latest project, at Harris Middle School, has a three week deadline.

The outdoor community basketball court at Harris must be finished by March 18, which is the end date for federal stimulus money designated to promote health in neighborhoods.

The total cost of the basketball court project is just over $93,000.

Read more
Military Working Dogs
8:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Military Dogs Showing Signs Of PTSD From Combat Deployments

Soldier dog Lex alongside his handler. The pair were featured on an Animal Planet special focusing on military working dogs.
DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program Facebook Page

America’s wars have long taken their toll on the people who fight them, and the recent attention to post-traumatic stress disorder has helped improve treatment for those who suffer; however, nightly newscasts and newspaper headlines never mention the military working dogs who are also changed by the combat zone.

"Ultimately we want these dogs to become military working dogs and go down range and save lives,” said Tech. Sgt. Joe Null, who fosters canine companions for the first few months of their lives to socialize them.

Read more
City Health
3:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Employee Health Screenings Help Trim City Budget

City of San Antonio

On Tuesday, city employees rolled up their sleeves to take blood pressure and other tests as part of a biometrics wellness screening.

"It's just good to know where you stand as far as your health," said K Rahman, who has worked in the city’s public works department for six years. Rahman also said he has seen an increase in the city’s focus on healthy initiatives for its employees.

Read more
City Government
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Boarding Home Ordinances Go Into Effect March 1

City of San Antonio

Owners who register by March 1 will have until Jan. 1 of 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system, but those who register after March 1 will have only 30 days from the date they register to meet all the stipulations of the ordinance.

After safety concerns about boarding homes reached the city council following last year's deadly fire, leaders began drafting tighter restrictions on the inspection of boarding homes throughout the city.

Read more

Pages