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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David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

Gov. Greg Abbott is unhappy with the White House’s $44 billion additional hurricane relief package, saying that the request to congress is completely inadequate. But what are Abbott’s  chances of securing the original $61 billion his office requested?


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More and more female lawmakers at the Capitol are demanding the implementation of new measures and protocols to protect women from sexual harassment.   

Ryan Poppe

Vice President Mike Pence, on his second trip to Texas this month, praised Republican governors like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for state initiatives that he said were the building blocks behind much of what the White House was trying to accomplish with tax and healthcare plans.

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The Republican Party of Texas’ efforts to elect a more conservative House speaker in 2019 is now in the hands of the Texas Ethics Commission. The commission is considering if some of the party’s tactics qualify as “bribery”.



The state party this year implemented a speaker commitment pledge that all 2018 candidates are being asked to sign. If members votes outside the party, they could lose state party campaign funds during the following election cycle.


Ryan Poppe

The 2018 election cycle is officially underway. Many running in statewide races kicked off their campaigns this week by filing their candidacy with the state, including some Democrats vying to head up the top of the party’s ticket in November.