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 Government
2:57 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Considers Brodcasting B Sessions For Better Public Access

City of San Antonio

Most people who work are unable to make the trek to City Hall to watch city council in action for themselves.

That's why the council's main Thursday A sessions, where votes take place, can be seen on TVSA online or on certain cable providers, including Time Warner channel 21, Grande channel 20, and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.

That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:36 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Designs Unveiled For East And West Side Pre-K 4 SA Centers

The Pre-K 4 SA West Side Center is similar in design to the South Side Center.

Pre-K 4 SA is growing by two education centers in the fall. That means construction will soon be underway as the public gets its first look at the new center designs.

The centers, said CEO Kathy Bruck, are still heaps of dirt. But leaders are giving the first look at the new centers, which will hold up to 350 students when school begins.

The new centers means that Mayor Julián Castro's vision will be fully operational in the program's second year.

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City Government
1:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bag Ban Removed From Council Agenda For More Input, Pushed To March

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

This week the San Antonio City Council Governance Committee was to discuss a potential single-use plastic bag ban but the item was pulled from the agenda.

In an effort to get community input on a possible plastic bag ban in San Antonio, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina last week convened a group of people from the retail industry, the city and others to talk about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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Downtown Development
1:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum

City leaders are hoping that other companies take a cue from USAA and look at using downtown spaces.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Texas Public Radio reported to you last month, San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is at 29 percent. Now that USAA has announced plans to locate some of its employees in a building downtown, city leaders hope more will follow.

The insurance company announced that 150 workers will report to One Riverwalk Place on the northeast corner of North St. Mary's and Convent in September. They'll occupy only a few floors of the tower bought by USAA Real Estate Company last year.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg praised the score for downtown.

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City Government
12:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Nirenberg Outlines Goals In Inaugural State Of District 8 Address

District 8 residents collaborated on goals they'd like to accomplish. They participated in round table discussions before Councilman Nirenberg delivered his inaugural State of District 8 speech.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Residents in San Antonio City Council District 8 on the Northwest Side gathered Saturday evening to hear their councilman, Ron Nirenberg, outline his vision for the future.

It was Nirenberg's first State of District 8 address. But residents in attendance didn't just listen. Every table full of involved citizens got the chance to put their heads together to come up with ideas for their district. They collaborated on various topics and they shared their ideas with others. One table thought about how to make downtown attractive.

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2014 Primary Election
11:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Carlton Soules Kicks Off Campaign For Bexar County Judge

Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign for Bexar County judge on Sunday among a crowd of supporters.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former San Antonio City Councilman Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign Sunday to run in the Republican primary for Bexar County judge.

Soules is fairly new to the political scene, having won the City Council District 10 seat in 2011. But in just a short time, Soules said he has learned a lot, and wants to stop spending he thinks is ruining the county. He said he has a three-step plan to take the county back from what conservatives say has been out-of-control spending for far too long.

First, he wants to stop what he calls "legacy projects" like streetcars.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.

The plan would include how city growth patterns will impact the Edwards Aquifer and San Antonio Water System. Nirenberg said the number one threat to the state's economy and future prosperity is water scarcity.

In a request to the city staff, he outlined a compilation of all city policies, procedures, standards and regulations into one place so that council members can easily understand the water situation now and for the future.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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