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
1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

First Ever Big Give San Antonio Set To Help Local Nonprofits

Mayor Julián Castro at The Big Give press conference on Tuesday, April 22.
Credit Nathan Cone / TPR

In just 24 hours, hundreds of local nonprofits around town hope to raise $1 million in a combined effort to raise awareness about the work and mission of each organization.

The Big Give SA is set for May 6. Beginning at midnight to midnight the next day, residents are encourage to log on to TheBigGiveSA.org to donate a minimum of $10 to any of the 467 nonprofits participating.

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City Government
11:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City Council Pushes Plastic Bag Ban Discussion To May

Flickr user Trisha Weir cc

A plastic bag ban is getting closer to becoming reality in San Antonio. Wednesday, the City Council's Governance Committee forwarded the item to a full city council briefing session in May.

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Environment
10:13 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act

If the city falls into "non-attainment" status under the new EPA regulations, vehicles may have to be tested annually for emissions.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The race is on for this area to stay in compliance with federal guidelines on air quality but local leaders are being pushed up against huge obstacles.

The biggest hurdle may be complying with a lower Environmental Protection Agency standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion. San Antonio is just outside that number, while technically still in attainment of the Clean Air Act.

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Community
12:18 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.

The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.

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Community
11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order

Lyft driver Terri Richardson sports the company's signature pink mustache on the front of her car during a recent shift.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.

But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.

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Pre-K 4 SA
4:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors

Christina Reck-Guerra will join Pre-K 4 SA in the fall as the director of the West Side education center.
Credit courtesy

As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.

Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.

Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.

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Child Abuse
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids"

"Cardboard Kids" will be displayed around town to highlight the problem of child abuse. To help spread the word to get people talking about child abuse, use #CardBoardKidsSA on social media platforms.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Child advocacy group ChildSafe reports that in 2013 Bexar County had 5,846 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

ChildSafe CEO Kim Abernethy said the county dropped from the first place position in that category, but knows that number is still too high.

"That's not a statistic that we tout when we tout all of our other great statistics," Abernethy said. "This year we were second in the state, thank goodness, but the last four or five years before that we've been the first in confirmed cases of abuse."

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Community
11:13 am
Fri March 21, 2014

City Planning Future Of Plaza De Armas, While Preserving Its Past

The exterior of Plaza de Armas. The complex sits in the shadows of City Hall downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Once a military training ground, the Plaza de Armas building near City Hall is entering a new phase of its historic life.

On Thursday, city council members approved an amendment to the design-and-build contract, increasing the project's cost by $1.4 million for a total of $11 million. The council also voted in favor of Executive Chef Chuck Hernandez's restaurant, O'liva, being located within the complex of Plaza de Armas.

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City Government
11:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council Committee Hears Arguments On Both Sides Of La Villita Lease Proposals

San Antonio is considering updates to the historic arts village, La Villita.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development presented its side of the argument in the ongoing discussion about La Villita Tuesday, tenants in the historic arts district sighed and shook their heads.

They are angry about a proposal by San Antonio city staff to change the structure of the village, which would call for evicting most of the businesses currently located on the city-owned grounds of La Villita.

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City Government
2:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban

In April, San Antonio's Governance Committee will hear several options from city staff on a possible plastic bag ban.
World Recources Institute Flickr stream

City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.

Among the choices are:

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