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
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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Local Business
10:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village

Wendell Fuqua is an artist who works at the River Art Gallery one day a month.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.

A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.

The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.

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Government
1:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Braesview Road Improvements Approved By San Antonio City Council

City leaders approved upgrades to the road on Braesview where a nine year old girl was hit and killed as she walked to school.

The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.

The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.

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Government
12:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

City Takes First Step To Secure Fast Google Fiber Internet

Google Fiber could be on its way to San Antonio. City leaders took the first step to help make sure that happens.

With the approval of a master lease agreement by the San Antonio City Council, Google Fiber may be speeding toward the Alamo City.

To help seal the deal, the city moved forward with the agreement, making the city the landlord, and Google the tenant, in which it will rent city-owned premises like fire and police stations to install network huts.

The city's Economic Development Department director Rene Dominguez told the city council that there will be about 40 such sites, with a rent of $2,250 per site. That comes to $90,000 each year.

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Environment
11:15 am
Thu March 13, 2014

City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program

Aquifer Protection Program considered a success by city leaders.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.

In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.

In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban

San Antonio city leaders will hear a recommendation on March 19 from staff on how to move foward with a possible plastic bag ban in the Alamo City.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Just over a year ago, city leaders in Austin instituted a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. As San Antonio leaders decide on the consequences of a similar ban, shoppers in Austin say it's only a matter of getting used to.

They carry on as if nothing ever changed. "It just took a little time to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it," said Bethany Martin as she carried her groceries out of an Austin-area Whole Foods on Monday.

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Education
3:43 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Mayors Convene In San Antonio To Talk Pre-K, Education

From left, Mayors Michael Hancock of Denver, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Angel Taveras of Providence, and Julián Castro speak with Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck during the MEET stop in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Four mayors are focusing their time in office on education. Because of that, they're touring each other's cities to learn new ideas.

Former NBA star, and now the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, walked the halls of Pre-K 4 SA's South Side model education center Friday. He told a panel consisting of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck, and City Manager Sheryl Sculley, that he's jealous of San Antonio.

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City Government
3:24 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen

Councilman Bernal walked through the crowd delivering his state of the center city address Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal said soon the city will look at the most aggressive policy it has ever seen on empty buildings. On Friday he outlined that promise at his second State of the Center City address.

As TPR has reported, San Antonio has a downtown vacancy rate of 29 percent. That figure is 19 percent citywide, which is why Bernal said he will be introducing a bold measure to take care of empty buildings.

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