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 live in the Northwest Austin suburb of Jollyville. He enjoys spending time at many Austin's parks and outdoor areas with his son Luke and cycling along some of the area's bike trails.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from traditional French to modern Thai-cusine.

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Ryan E. Poppe

The Employees Retirement System of Texas has announced that beginning this month, employee spouses would be entitled to all employment benefits including health coverage and spousal retirement benefits.  According to the agency’s website, that applies to all state agencies and to those who have retired from the state.  It also applies to the employees of state colleges and universities.

Ryan E. Poppe

The plaintiff in the US Supreme Court same-sex marriage case helps rally support against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal opinion concerning religious freedom and same-sex marriage licenses.   

Ryan E. Poppe

To many historians, LBJ was a civil rights giant, enacting laws in the 1960’s that included the Equal Rights Clause of the 14th amendment and today’s Supreme Court decided on a narrow 5 to 4 ruling that should’ve included same-sex couples.

In 2013, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman and Marc Phariss and Vic Holmes filed a constitutional lawsuit against the state’s ban on gay marriage because it excluded them of certain freedoms.

And Holmes says their decision to marry is no longer a trivial or intangible journey.

Ryan E. Poppe

A Supreme Court decision that upholds portions of the Affordable Care Act has over 800 thousand Texans breathing a sigh of relief.   But the ruling also has conservative groups crying foul, stating that the Court has reinterpreted its role in government.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

A poll conducted by the University of Texas shows Texans view on legalizing same-sex marriage remains narrowly divided, even in the wake of a US Supreme Court decision that could reverse the state ban on gay marriage.  

The study, conducted by UT-Austin and the Texas Tribune suggests that peoples view on gay marriage is changing but just at a much slower pace when compared to other states with similar bans.  Professor Jim Henson heads up UT’s Texas Politics Project.