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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City Council Debate
3:39 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Capital Improvements Expansion Goes Forward Despite Chan Opposition

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan looks frustrated at a city meeting discussing the proposed CIMS expansion.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Capital Improvements Management Services Department (CIMS) could grow by eight project management positions under a plan devised by the city council.  

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Military Awards
3:06 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Military Working Dog Awarded Certificate of Heroism for Bravery in Combat

Layka, who is now retired, rests comfortably even though she is missing her front leg.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Like any other four-legged friend, she’s pretty happy and lovable, but Layka, a Belgian Malinois, is more than man’s best friend. She is literally a life-saver.

As the ceremony began, a serviceman read the award aloud to the crowd gathered to celebrate Layka.

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:58 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

District Support Vital for Pre-K 4 SA Program to Work

An 8-year service model for the Pre-K 4 SA plan. Click image to see a larger version
Graphic by the City of San Antonio

According to Interim Superintendent Rey Madrigal, Harlandale ISD is growing each year despite a lack of new housing developments. He said this year enrollment increased by 217 students.

For city council members, this means neighborhoods are being revitalized with younger families, and also more children to fill pre-K classes.

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Remembering 9/11
2:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

On 9/11 Anniversary, San Antonio Firefighters Make "Remembrance Climb"

Tower of the Americas
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Much like that fateful September day 11 years ago, the skies were blue and the weather nearly perfect. But today the sound of a waterfall, bagpipes and bells filled the air instead of the deafening sound of skyscrapers crumbling.

Firefighters climbed 65 stories twice at the Tower of the Americas to match the 110 floors of the World Trade Center towers that fell. It’s the first tower climb to remember and reflect on firefighters who perished in the 9/11 attack.

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Democratic National Convention
2:41 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

From the Floor: Young voters, Veterans and Rural Texas

View of the stage inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Youth Vote:

Women and middle class voters are two demographics the presidential campaigns are targeting this election, but they’re not the only ones. The youth vote is credited with playing a major role in the 2008 elections and is being looked at again as a potential x-factor.

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Democratic National Convention
2:37 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Courting the Latino Vote, Democrats and Republicans Make Their Case

An onlooker screams in support of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, the first Latino to ever give the keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a crowded Time Warner Cable Arena, applause echoed off the walls of the place where Charlotte’s hometown teams – the Bobcats and the Checkers – play their games.

Thousands of Democrats have come together to back a Commander in Chief they say has done so much for the Latino community. They say it’s time to once again rise up and back him – to help him win this election.

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Democratic National Convention
2:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

From the Floor: Mayor Castro's Keynote Address

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivers his keynote address to the Democratic Convention and the nation on Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Castro's remarks put his own personal story about his family’s sacrifice in the spotlight, while at the same time remaining focused on a clear message that separated the Democratic party's views from those of the GOP.

Castro told the story of his late grandmother’s journey from Mexico to San Antonio nearly 100 years ago, and how she had to drop out of school to work to help take care of the family. But he also spent some time defining the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - presumably with some encouragement by the Obama campaign.

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Democratic National Convention
5:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

From the Convention Floor: Party Platform and Castro Preparation

State Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, stops for a chat at the Charlotte Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Democratic Party released its platform that calls for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, abortion rights, and marriage equality, something that’s never been a part of the platform before.

The platform now says the Democratic Party “supports the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law.”

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Democratic National Convention
5:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesters Voice A Variety of Messages Outside the DNC

A protester holds a sign in front of police officers outside the convention center.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the shadows of the big bank buildings on College Street in Uptown Charlotte, protestors danced in the street, waved signs and played instruments.

Charlotte is known as "Wall Street South" because of its huge financial centers. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators want the money taken out of politics, some are against the war, and others want to preserve a woman’s right to choose.

This coalition, including 20-year-old Sebastian Feculak, believes elected leaders need to know what they think.

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Family-Friendly Downtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

City Seeing Success with Downtown Tuesdays and Food Trucks

Kai Kamaka plays some music to add to the party-like atmosphere at the food truck setup at Travis Park
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On this late summer evening in Travis Park, people are spending more time and more money at the mobile food trucks camped out. Kai Kamaka strums a ukulele while the trucks offer up their specials.

“We love to do this kind of stuff all the time and bringing entertainment to anywhere gathers people together," said Kamaka. "When you get entertainment and food, makes it a great party.”

Several months ago, the city revised when and where food trucks would go for its pilot program that lasts until the end of October.

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