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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Open Carry Texas has filed a lawsuit in Travis County alleging that between the years 2013 and 2015, the DPS capitol security team falsely arrested and violated the rights of nine members of the group during their protests for more gun rights in Texas.


The group’s executive director, CJ Grisham, says all of these arrests involved people that were either carrying a toy or replica gun or carrying a black powder revolver when they refused to leave the capitol grounds.


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A poll of Texas Republican voters shows a majority of them believe Attorney General Ken Paxton should resign after being indicted for three felonies involving securities-violations.

The poll was put together for the Texas Bipartisan Justice Committee, an East Texas nonprofit that finds judicial talent for various statewide races.  It shows 62 percent of those polled think Paxton should step down while he fights the charges he’s accused of committing.


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Before state representatives could choose Joe Straus to become the Speaker of the Texas House, he had to be elected in the San Antonio district where he lives. He’s now represented House District 121, that stretches from Alamo Heights north towards Hollywood Park, for 10 years.  During that time Straus has faced a number of Republican challengers who’ve claimed Straus isn’t conservative enough. But none of them have had as much political experience as tea party candidate Jeff Judson.


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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has ordered a senate committee to review the mental health policies in place at all of the state’s 243 county jails.  The study follows the death of Sandra Bland, which captured national attention in July.

Patrick was adamant, the senate committee’s hearing on mental health standards and suicide prevention at county jails will not focus on Sandra Bland’s death at the Waller County jail.

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It’s just before lunch on a weekday morning; State Rep. Joe Farias sips his coffee and reminisces about his time in the legislature and who will carry on his legacy.


Farias recalls a prior conversation with Austin Rep. Donna Howard:  “Out of nowhere she says, ‘Joe what is the best part you like about being in the House of Representatives?’ and I said, ‘It’s constituent services’ and she says, ‘really?’ I said ‘Yeah I like working with people, I like to be around people.”