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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Community
9:46 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Group Could Steer Discussion On Ride-Sharing In San Antonio

Supporters and opponents of ride-sharing filled City Hall chambers to hear the city staff recommendations on updating the vehicle-for-hire ordinance.
Credit Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Over the next 60 days, city leaders, representatives from the cab industry and ride-share officials will form a work group to draft possible revisions to San Antonio's vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

Wednesday, the city council's Public Safety Committee backed the recommendation presented by the Assistant Police Director Steve Baum, who suggested revising the vehicle-for-hire ordinance's Chapter 33.

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Local Business
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses

Cheesy Janes food trucks help fill the gap of lost sales while the Broadway construction project continues.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A new city pilot program is helping businesses along the Blanco Road construction corridor that are taking a financial hit due to the work. But what about other businesses in the city also affected by construction?

The 20-month Broadway and Hildebrand project began in January 2013 and will be completed this summer. But when Jon Lindskog, the brains behind Cheesy Janes Burgers, approached the city for help with lost sales, the city told him there's nothing they could do.

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District 9 Special Election
12:46 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Candidate Bert Cecconi Not Giving Up Hope For District 9 Office

Bert Cecconi is running for City Council District 9.
Credit courtesy

The final candidate in our look at the race for San Antonio City Council District 9 is Bert Cecconi.

He's been an office hopeful for several years. According to city records, among the races he's run are a 2003 and 2007 bid for City Council District 8.

He switched to District 9 when the new city district lines were redrawn. Cecconi's determination isn't wavering, though.

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District 9 Special Election
2:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Weston Martinez Sticks To Conservative Values Message In Race For District 9

Weston Martinez is running his third campaign for San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The outspoken and conservative Weston Martinez wants San Antonio to enjoy its traditional values, he said during an interview about his candidacy for city council.

Martinez is aiming to capture the District 9 council seat that was vacated by Elisa Chan last year. She ran an ill-fated race for Texas Senate, losing to incumbent Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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District 9 Special Election
10:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Donald Oroian Points To Civil Engineering Experience In Case For Dist. 9 Seat

Donald Oroian is running for the San Antonio District 9 seat on the city council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

City Council District 9 candidate Donald Oroian is in good spirits and has plenty of confidence with over a week left until Election Day, May 10.

The small consulting firm owner is a neighborhood leader and a former city planning commission member who said he fits the bill for city council:

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District 9 Special Election
1:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pro-NDO Candidate Corey Clark Gives District 9 Something Different On May 10 Ballot

Corey Clark believes blockwalking is an effective way to win campaigns. He's relying on the technique to pull off a victory on May 10.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Block walking is an effective way to reach voters, according to Corey Clark. He's the 26-year-old small business owner who is running for San Antonio City Council District 9 in the May 10 joint, special and bond election.

"Morning, y'all," he said to residents off Bitters Tuesday. "I'm running for city office right now, District 9 city councilman."

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Texas Energy Capacity
4:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

CPS Energy CEO Says Texas Is "OK" For Energy Ahead Of Another Hot Summer

Doyle Beneby, center, speaks with other leaders in the electricity field Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune.
Credit Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

Leaders in the field of electric reliability are talking about peak seasons ahead of summer since demand is always a hot topic around this time of year.

But as Texas increases generation of power with wind and solar resources, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby thinks electric reliability is sufficient ahead of what could be a brutally hot summer.

He wants to focus on how to make it stay that way for the long run, though.

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District 9 Special Election
11:20 am
Tue April 29, 2014

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier Aims To Fill Unexpired Term Permanently

Joe Krier was appointed to the city council by members to fill Elisa Chan's unexpired term.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Among the list of candidates on the ballot for the May 10th joint, special and bond election is Joe Krier. The District 9 councilman hopes to lock in the seat for the next year.

It's been nearly six months since the San Antonio City Council picked Krier to fill the vacated seat of Elisa Chan's unexpired term.

And in that time, Krier said he's learned just how important basic city services are but that it does take quite a bit of time to do it all. He's a self-professed conservative who represents a rather conservative North Side district.

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Education
12:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

First Report On Pre-K 4 SA's First-Year Performance Due In Late Summer

Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Pre-K 4 SA began with a bang last fall for its inaugural year with Mayor Julián Castro himself greeting children and their parents at the door as they walked in to a new program and a new chapter in San Antonio's history.

Now that the school year is just about up, it's time to get an idea exactly how the program performed in its first year to see what worked well and what needs improving.

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Education
10:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Nearly Half Of Northside Students Missed School On Thursday, Day Of Reported Threat

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Even though local elementary schools took extra measures to keep students safe against a reported threat, many students still stayed home Thursday.

A letter had specified that on or about April 24, a mass violence event would take place, and targeted a school in the Northside ISD.

Thursday Police Chief William McManus toured campuses to meet with school leaders. One purpose, he said, was to be visible and to assure parents, staff and others that measures were being taken on all fronts to keep people safe.

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