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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Joint Base Economic Impact
4:23 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Economic Study Finds Joint Base San Antonio Accounts For $27.7 Billion

SABÉR Research Institute

The Deputy Commander for the Joint Base San Antonio network of installations said the city and military are connected in ways that cannot be counted. A recently released study showed the military had an economic impact of $27.7 billion in 2011.

Leaders say it’s only the statistical side of the equation, and when examining the social side of the issue, Dr. Steve Nivin of the SABÉR Research Institute, who studied the fiscal impact, said the overall impact seems immeasurable.

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Urban Revitalization
3:56 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Center City's Inner City Reinvestment Zone Targets Less Populated Areas of Downtown

A portion of the Inner City Reinvestment Zone map, which includes the original 36 square miles of the city.
City of San Antonio

Center City, a city department with the goal of developing and revitalizing neighborhoods, businesses and cultural resources in the Inner City Reinvestment Zone, is taking a hard look at West Commerce Street.

Director Lori Houston said it’s an area that was once full of life, but now lacks shops, restaurants and other businesses to cater to a myriad of people.

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Annual Wurstfest
9:46 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Braunfels' Wurstfest: A Celebration Of Good Times, Heritage And The Service Of Veterans

Tuba player George House plays with Cloverleaf Orchestra, the longest-running band at Wurstfest's 51 year history
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The annual Wurstfest celebration in New Braunfels offers a variety of food, fun, and entertainment, from families with German ancestry, to those who just pretend to be German for a day.

Katy Walterscheidt celebrates her husband’s German heritage.

“I come almost every year,” said Walterscheidt. “I’m married to a German, and so we love to celebrate Germans.”

The 10-day “Salute to Sausage” has become a cultural phenomenon. It began 51 years ago as Sausage Festival, but later morphed into what is now known as Wurstfest.

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City Ordinances
3:15 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Councilman Lopez Proposing Ordinance To Tighten Rules On Sexually-Oriented Businesses

City Council passed an ordinance in 2005 seeking to regulate sexually-oriented businesses, but an injunction fell into place that prevented the city from enforcing the new rules. The injunction was lifted in 2010, but sexually-oriented businesses have continued to operate with very few regulations being enforced.

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez is looking to change all that with his ordinance that strengthens the language as to what constitutes a sexually-oriented business.

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On-the-job Training
4:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Seeing Opportunity In Manufacturing, Education Program Guarantees Graduates A Job

During a town hall meeting last year, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association discovered that local employers are in need of workers with technical skills.

Employers reported that more than 2,500 jobs go unfilled, so they turned to the Alamo Colleges, who are teaming up with Workforce Solutions in partnership with the San Antonio Manufacturers Association for the "Just in Time" program. Students participate in a 90-day class, with 30 days of on the job training.

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2012 Election
10:56 am
Thu November 8, 2012

How Accurate Were Presidential Predictions In The 2012 Election?

Nate Silver, who writes the FiveThirtyEight Blog was surprisingly accurate predicting President Obama's electoral vote count. The president shown here on his visit to San Antonio this summer.
Joey Palacios TPR

There were several notable predictions made leading up to the General Election on Nov. 6, and since the first debate the opinion polls were twisting the odds this way and that. Now that the results are in, we can see who had the right idea, and who was just guessing.

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Growing The Local Economy
9:23 am
Thu November 8, 2012

San Antonio Economic Foundation Setting High Goals For 2013: New Businesses And Jobs

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The new year is only two months away and the city’s economic development leaders are thinking about what challenges and opportunities await in 2013. This week, the city’s Economic Development Foundation presented an action plan to the council committee that looks closely at economic progress in San Antonio.

"We want to be successful,” said the foundation’s president, Mario Hernandez. “What better way to be successful than to establish high goals for economic development?” he asked.

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New State Senator
3:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tea Party's Campbell Easily Defeats Courage In State Senate District 25 Race

Donna Campbell talks to supporters at the Republican Headquarters in San Antonio Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Tea Party-supported doctor beat Democratic opponent John Courage, a San Antonio teacher, with just over 65 percent of the vote in a race that wasn't close from the time early voting numbers were posted.

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2012 Election Results
2:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Veteran Congressman Lloyd Doggett Beats Narvaiz In Congressional District 35

Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett won support in CD 35 to defeat opponent Republican Susan Narvaiz
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lloyd Doggett will be headed back to the nation’s Capital, but this time to represent an entirely new district. The 2010 Census birthed Congressional District 35 due to the rise in the Hispanic population, and on election night, Doggett proved to be the long-lasting representative he has come to be known for.

Doggett expressed some disappointment in moving on from a district that spanned the Rio Grande Valley to Bastrop.

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2012 Election
5:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

E.R. Doctor Donna Campbell Takes On School Teacher John Courage in Senate Dist. 25

Texas Senate District 25 (orange) serves people in six different counties and has been one of the major story lines of this election season.
State of Texas District Viewer

(Update: 12:10 a.m.) About 95 percent of precincts have been counted and Campbell is maintaining 66 percent of the vote to Courage's 34 percent; safe to say that this race is over.

(Update: 10:30 p.m.) With 72 percent of the vote counted, Campbell has 66 percent of the vote and looks to have this race easily won.

(Update: 8:50 p.m.) Texas Secretary of State's Office showing Campbell with 67 percent of the vote, effectively holding on to her commanding lead in early voting.

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