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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U.S. Congressional Race
4:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Race for Texas' New Congressional District 35

Central Texas Congressional Districts via the Texas Legislative Council's District Viewer. District 35 is the orange area stretching up IH-35.
State of Texas District Viewer

As Republican candidate Susan Narvaiz points out, both of the top candidates in the newly created Congressional District 35 race are newcomers being that District 35 is newly created; although Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who currently represents Texas' 25th District, has been in the political arena for quite some time.

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UIW Expansion
4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

UIW and Mahncke Park Residents At Odds Over Proposed Parking Lot

Some residents along Perry Court display signs in their yards opposing the parking lot on their street.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A piece of land that sits along Perry Court between North New Braunfels and Broadway has been sitting vacant for about eight years.

It doesn't have the curb appeal that many other homes in the Mahncke Park neighborhood have, with overgrown grass and untrimmed trees in the front of the lot, but according to resident Scott Day, that doesn't mean the property is lost on the neighborhood. He said the he does not want the University of the Incarnate Word, who owns the property, to develop a parking lot for university staff members.

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Early Education
9:56 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Castro Continues Push for Pre-K 4 SA Measure

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro poses for a picture after receiving an appreciation gift from the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julian Castro continues his push for his Pre-K 4 SA initiative at every opportunity. Monday, he spoke to the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce about educational challenges the city faces.

He told business leaders that San Antonio is a rapidly growing city with educational challenges that will only grow more with the population increase.

Over bacon and scrambled eggs, he said Texas and San Antonio repeatedly ranks in the bottom-tier of educational achievement. "The challenge for San Antonio is that we can't abide by that anymore in the 21st Century," he said.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Home to SAPD Helicopter Unit, Stinson Airfield Ready for Emergencies

From left to right: Police Chief William McManus, helicopter pilot Sgt. David Torres, and Councilwoman Elisa Chan discuss the police department's role at Stinson Airfield.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the span of several decades, Stinson Airport has grown tremendously in air operations, including touch-downs and take-offs, tenants, and a special section dedicated to emergency operations.

With the Department of Public Safety hangar, the San Antonio Police Department chopper unit and a dedicated fire station with aircraft rescue and firefighting capabilities, Stinson Airfield is one of San Antonio's main hubs for emergency situations.

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Convention Center Contract
9:22 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni Opens Ethics Case Against Himself

City of San Antonio

San Antonio Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni has opened an investigation into his own conduct after concerns were raised about a potential conflict of interest.

The city's ethics review board will look at the case, which stems from DiGiovanni's new employment with the non-profit Centro Partnership, whose goal is to revitalize the downtown San Antonio area, and his role at the city.

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San Antonio Police Department
4:27 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

In Wake of Recent Deaths, Police Department Revising Pursuit Policies

City of San Antonio

One-year-old Wesley and three-year-old Walter Maspero were killed after a suspected drug dealer that police were staking-out fled; David Rodriguez hit the vehicle that the youngsters were in at 80 mph.

Days later, 55-year-old Pedro Tenorio was killed when suspected burglars making a getaway crashed into his motorcycle.

"In both those instances, the officers had completely disengaged from the chase," said Police Chief William McManus.

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Child Abuse
4:14 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Childsafe Center Provides Support for Abused Children, Faces Financial Cuts

If ChildSafe operated completely on heart and soul, this organization would be rich, but money keeps this non-profit alive, and allows them to help local children.

"If we have to cut our budget, that means we have to serve less children, and we're already not serving enough children," said ChildSafe San Antonio CEO Kim Abernethy.

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Congressional District 23
3:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Canseco and Gallego in Spanish-Language Debate for Congressional Seat

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, answers questions in English with reporters following an all-Spanish debate. Gallego and Congressman Francisco Canseco are vying for Texas District 23, which runs from El Paso to San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

From his stance that big banks are his opponent's focus and not small business, State Representative Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, said U.S. Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-Texas, went to Washington, D.C. and became a part of the problem. Canseco said he wants growth in the private sector, where his opponent would destroy the country's economic force.

Each of the candidates argued back and forth on a stage at Palo Alto College Tuesday night. The debate was hosted by Univision and AARP, and conducted entirely in Spanish.

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Hyundai Hope Grant
2:23 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Awarded $250,000 Grant

Dr. Alex Bishop (middle in red tie), and Dr. Vivian Rebel (on Bishop's right) accept the $250,000 grant from Hyundai Motor America's Rick Dorn (on Bishop's left).
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Research at the UT Health Science Center Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute is vital for families with children who have cancer, and is getting a financial boost through a Hyundai Hope Grant.

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Reforming Lackland
10:05 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Gen. Edward Rice Meets With Congress to Discuss Lackland Scandal and Reform

Photo of Gen. Edward Rice
U.S. Air Force

Gen. Edward Rice, who leads the Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio, has met with select members of Congress in the ongoing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Rice said unprofessional relationships at basic military training will not be tolerated.

Rice promised to establish and maintain an environment that he says is consistent with the high standards of professional conduct that the Air Force demands of instructors.

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