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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When you hear about the death penalty in Texas, the discussion often focuses on criminal proceedings or policy. Often overlooked -- how the death penalty affects victim’s families -- the people left struggling to find healing in the wake of violent crimes. All this week, we’re exploring the death penalty in our state -- it’s history, how it’s changed, and its future. The series is a collaboration between public radio stations across Texas. Today, we hear more on the varied reactions people have when their loved one's killer is put to death.

Ryan Poppe

Hundreds of parents, lawmakers and private school choice advocates rallied Tuesday at the state capitol.  They want legislation that would allow public tax dollars to be used to pay for private schools. School choice divides three key leaders who may decide the issue.

On the Capitol steps Gov. Greg Abbott told the crowd he supports Texas lawmakers giving parents an affordable option to a traditional public education.

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House Speaker Joe Straus is defending the preliminary state budget his chamber has released even though it calls for spending more money than the Texas Comptroller has said will be available.   The House’s draft budget is also bigger than the Texas Senate’s. 

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H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt announced a $100-million public education project Tuesday aimed at training and developing principals and superintendents to be better school administrators. 

The Holdsworth Center, is being named for Charles Butt’s mother Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a long time advocate for public education and social justice.

Kate Rogers, the Holdsworth Center’s executive vice president says the center will serve as a transformational leadership academy for school district superintendents throughout Texas.

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Some Republican state lawmakers say they plan to send the Trump administration a $2.8 billion bill to reimburse Texas for border security paid for by the state. Texas officials continue to believe it’s a federal responsibility.