Ryan Poppe

News Reporter - Capitol

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.

Eventually converting into an on-air reporter, Ryan has covered topics ranging from crime to the political process at the state capitol.

Ryan and his wife Mary own a home in Leander. He enjoys spending time at many of areas parks and outdoor spots with his son Luke and listening to live music at some of Austin jazz and reggae hotspots.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from Jamaican to North African fare to modern Thai-cuisine.

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Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

The start of the 2018 election cycle is just around the corner and Democrats remain silent on who will be at the top of their ticket.  Political experts believe the party may now be frantic to find a candidate for the job.


Ryan Poppe

With tens of thousands of Houston homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, lawmakers at the state capitol are trying to determine the timeline for those residents rebuilding.  The topic has revived discussions about use of the State’s Rainy Day Fund and calls for a 2nd special session

In the Houston-area alone, according to the state, an estimated 30 to 40-thousand homes were completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.   The cost to rebuild or replace those homes runs in the billions while the state has only millions on hand to provide housing aid.

Joey Palacios / TPR

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking an emergency stay of a San Antonio federal judge’s decision that blocked Texas’ Sanctuary Cities ban from taking effect.  

Ryan Poppe

State officials say the lines of cars snaking around the block of your local gas station is the result of panic and not an actual shortage of gas, but what is the psychology behind what leads to these mass “gas runs?”  

When you pull up to your local gas station, it may be hard not to notice the number of drivers in cars waiting to fill up their tank or that big “red tag” hanging from the pump handle.

Scarlette Holley

People in parts of Southeast Texas are slowing making their way back to their homes to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, with many pushing to file a claim with their insurance company before Friday.  Their urgency could be related to a Texas House Bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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