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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Women In Combat
4:27 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

DOD Decision 'One More Opportunity' For Women In Uniform

Air Force recruiters are not sure how the DOD decision will affect military recruiting efforts.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is now working on implementing the policy change by the Department of Defense allowing women into combat roles. Coincidentally, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of women being able to become combat pilots for the Air Force.

Christa D'Andrea is the chief of public affairs for the Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and served on active-duty for 11 years. She said the integration of women in these roles is the next logical step in the military.

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Community Education
10:18 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Children's Museum Moving Out Of Downtown

The concept design for the new museum location on Broadway.
Craig McMahon Architects

The San Antonio Children’s Museum will be moving from its downtown location to Broadway and Mulberry, once construction on the massive-scale project is complete.

The project comes at a time when city leaders have focused their attention on revitalizing the urban core, but executive director Vanessa Lacoss Hurd doesn’t see it as leaving downtown.

“We see it about providing a more holistic campus and experience for what we want to accomplish with our mission,” she said.

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Community
2:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

"Tin Man" Is Coming Down In Alamo Heights

The "Tin Man" is now no longer an icon of Alamo Heights.
Bob Weston (c) All rights reserved Flickr

A symbol of pride in the Alamo Heights community for nearly 90 years, the old water tower that became known as “Tin Man” is being taken down.

"Here recently in 2010 the city constructed another water reservoir, another tank,” said Alamo Heights Public Works Director Patrick Sullivan.

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City Council
1:33 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Nirenberg Running For Council Seat Being Vacated By Williams

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek re-election this term.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager for Trinity University's non-commercial jazz station, KRTU, has officially announced his candidacy for City Council District 8.

Nirenburg has been preparing for the race for nearly a year. The 35 year old stressed accountability and ethics as his vision for city hall with a crowd of 100 supporters at Orsinger Park on Saturday.

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Community
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Reinvestment Zones Expand To Include More Areas Of Town

W. Southcross between Quintana Road and Dwight Middle School is now included in the city's reinvestment policy program.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s Inner City Reinvestment/Infill Policy for several years has focused on reinvesting in neighborhoods, businesses and properties, particularly in urban areas that have gone untouched for decades.

But now the program is expanding, and District 5 Councilman David Medina couldn’t be more excited.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
10:52 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Restaurateur First To Integrate In San Antonio Desegregation Movement

Dan Anthony began desegregation in San Antonio at the old Manhattan Cafe in downtown San Antonio
Photographer Unknown

San Antonio's role in the desegregation movement began with a man who stood up and decided his restaurant would no longer treat people differently based on the color of their skin.

In 1963, Dan Anthony bought his father’s Manhattan Café downtown on Houston Street, near the Majestic Theatre. It was that same year when Anthony’s wife, Chrissy, says a priest and activist by the name of Father Sherrill Smith called Dan with an important message.

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City Utilities
7:25 am
Thu January 17, 2013

SAWS Lowers Proposed Rate Increase

SAWS

Leaders of the San Antonio Water System now have lowered its rate increase projection for customers. Instead of a 9.9 percent jump, the utility is now proposing a 7 percent rise in monthly bills.

City council members have been struggling with the inevitable rising water rates, especially District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who agrees that infrastructure needs to be improved and updated.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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City Government
3:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

City Council Considers Dissolving Commission For Children And Families

Melody Woosley, interim director of the Human Services Department, speaks to council members about the dissolution of the Commission for Children and Families.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services has recommended to council members that a commission dealing with children and families be dissolved.

Formed in the 1980's, the Commission for Children and Families was created to address the needs of parents and their children.

At that time, the city wanted to identify opportunities for learning and growing, making neighborhoods safe, and improving lifestyles and financial fitness.

But times have changed.

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School Vouchers
10:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Patrick To Push For School Voucher System

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is pushing for a school voucher system called Taxpayer Savings Grants that would allow students to pick a private school if they are unhappy with their public school.

Now that he’s the chair of the Senate Education Committee, Patrick could use the platform to champion the program, and he has two words for a school voucher system: "Why not?"

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