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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Turmoil within the National Democratic Party has Texas officials recommending two San Antonians to help the Party move forward.  The Castro brothers are part of the conversation.

Leaked emails from Democratic officials critical of Bernie Sanders has the Party looking for a new national chair. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced out Sunday.

Gilberto Hinojosa, head of the Texas Democratic Party,  says U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, and his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro could take Democrats into the future.

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On this first day of the Democratic National Convention, the political fallout from the Wikileaks emails is causing an upheaval among Bernie Sanders supporters, including some from Texas. The emails suggest Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Gov. Greg Abbott is on his way back to the Governor’s Mansion in Austin after undergoing surgery and spending four days in the hospital at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  

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Doctors at Brook Army Medical Center are keeping Governor Greg Abbott in the hospital for at least another night.  The governor's physicians recommended that Abbott take another day to recover and heal after undergoing surgery to repair areas of severely burned skin.

Abbott’s second and third degree burns from scalding hot water cover his lower legs and feet.


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In the wake of a shootout that took the lives of five Dallas police officers, Democratic State Sen. Royce West is urging fellow legislators and Gov. Greg Abbott to do more to bridge the cultural divide between police and Texas’ African-American community. 

He and his staff attended Thursday night’s protest march in downtown Dallas and were three blocks away when a gunman began shooting at police in the crowd.