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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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Current Preschoolers the Face of Pre-K 4 SA

Children hold signs for the mayor's Pre-K 4 SA measure outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center Oct. 24
Ryan Loyd TPR

Four-year-old Jaydon stood with his classmates and teachers outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center on the city’s East Side on Wednesday.

Rev. Herman Price, who is a leader with Community of Churches for Social Action, spoke about the importance of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative and said it is a moral issue.

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Local Elections
11:19 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Texas Senate Candidate Takes Advantage of Single Spotlight

Texas Senate District 25 Candidate, John Courage, a Democrat, speaks to a voter at the Bexar County Democratic Party Headquarters July 4th
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Candidates don’t often miss the opportunity to deflect what another candidate might be saying, but Texas Senate District 25 candidate John Courage, a Democrat, has frequently had the chance to speak to voters by himself lately; even though his opponent, Republican Donna Campbell, has been invited to the same events.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
10:14 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Leaders Make Final Push for Pre-K 4 SA as Early Voting Begins

Former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell quipped Monday she's glad to be among the seven 'living' mayors who support Castro's Pre-K 4 SA measure.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Whether Mayor Julián Castro's Pre-K 4 SA early education initiative will pass or be voted down is too close to call at this point in early voting, but with all the debate over the issue, Castro doesn't seem surprised.

"I always assume that any election is going to be a close election," said Castro Monday at the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse. "I want folks to know Pre-K 4 SA is supported by our seven biggest Chambers of Commerce, by all seven living former mayors, by our biggest employers. There's a reason for that."

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Texas
4:12 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Texas State Fair's Big Tex Destroyed by Fire

@elainea Twitter

Big Tex is 60 years old this year, but instead of birthday candles to blow out, firefighters had a fully engulfed fire to extinguish.

State Fair Vice President of Marketing Mitchell Glieber said the fire ran up the electrical line to his jaw, destroying the 52-foot icon of the Texas State Fair.

"Probably within 5 minutes or so, all of his clothes were pretty much on fire," said Glieber. "It happened fairly quickly, but there weren't a lot of people in the park."

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Toyota San Antonio
11:30 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Truck Made in San Antonio Pulls Space Shuttle Endeavor to California Science Center

Toyota team members in San Antonio handed out postcards to commemorate the Tundra pull of Space Shuttle Endeavor.
Brandyn N. Moore Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc

Team Toyota members in San Antonio are making history, along with Space Shuttle Endeavor. On Friday, a Toyota Tundra truck made in the Alamo City will pull the 96-ton shuttle to its final resting place at the California Science Center.

The Tundra will pull the shuttle a quarter of a mile across the 405 Freeway on West Manchester Boulevard through the streets of Los Angeles.  

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Local Elections
5:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Donna Campbell and John Courage Debate for Texas Senate District 25

Texas Senate District 25 includes areas of six different counties.
State of Texas District Viewer

Following the primaries, Tea Party favorite Dr. Donna Campbell and Democrat John Courage emerged as the contenders for the Texas Senate District 25 seat.

The primary knocked longtime Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, out of the running, along with challenger, former Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones.

Perhaps one of the only issues Campbell and Courage agree upon is opposition to toll roads, but they have vastly different views on health care, education, and energy.

So how does a physician plan to serve full time in the Senate?

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Online Teacher Resources
4:06 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Generation TX San Antonio Launches Teacher Resource Website

SA Ready teacher and Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist, Theresa Heim, speaking at the luncheon about developing and implementing the college-and-career readiness lessons in her classroom.
Jennifer Whitcomb Generation TX San Antonio

Together with the nation's leading expert on college and career readiness, Generation TX San Antonio and Dr. David Conley launched SA Ready, a website to offer teachers a targeted curriculum to prepare students for college.

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East Side Redevelopment
3:52 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

New Housing Development Another Piece of East Side Redevelopment

The Park at Sutton Oaks will open in the spring of 2013 and is an energy leader among multi-family, mixed income developments.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Phase two of a $29.4 million mixed-income housing development will be constructed on the East Side off I-35 and Walters, near Woodard Park.

The money, coming from the City of San Antonio, the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development and the San Antonio Housing Authority, will build 208 units in total: 49 public housing units, 113 affordable units, and 46 market rate units.

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City Hall
11:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ethics Board Finds DiGiovanni Violated Code

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni sits before the Ethics Review Board Oct. 9 to explain his beliefs that he did not violate the city's ethics code
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday night, the Ethics Review Board found that Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni violated the city's ethics code when he failed to recuse himself from a conflict of interest involving a city contract and his future employer.

Earlier this year, DiGiovanni took on oversight of the selection process for contractors in a $300 million bid to expand and renovate the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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SAISD Bullying Policies
4:24 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Texas Anti-Bullying Law Guides Schools to New Policies

8th grader Arthur Mendiola listens during a class at Longfellow Middle School.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

House Bill 1942, the Texas anti-bully law aimed at combating the growing problem of bullying in schools, took effect on Sept. 1. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, carried the bill in the senate; she championed the cause for those who lost children from suicide because of bullying.

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