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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Ryan E. Poppe

Speaker Joe Straus remains confident he will retain his current leadership role in the Texas House despite ongoing efforts to unseat the five-term Speaker, including from some of his closest allies who announced they will be running against him in 2019.   

Speaking at this weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival, Straus told the crowd that he wouldn’t be running for reelection in his San Antonio-area home district if he wasn’t confident he also had a shot at retaining his current role as Speaker of the Texas House in 2019.

Ryan E. Poppe

Republican caucus chairs in Texas have concerns about allowing Speaker Joe Straus to continue leading the House of Representatives.  


Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

As President Trump was addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time Tuesday, elected officials, business leaders, and students held their own summit at the state capitol to discuss various aspects of diplomacy and foreign relations.  


Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

The start of the 2018 election cycle is just around the corner and Democrats remain silent on who will be at the top of their ticket.  Political experts believe the party may now be frantic to find a candidate for the job.


Ryan Poppe

With tens of thousands of Houston homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, lawmakers at the state capitol are trying to determine the timeline for those residents rebuilding.  The topic has revived discussions about use of the State’s Rainy Day Fund and calls for a 2nd special session

In the Houston-area alone, according to the state, an estimated 30 to 40-thousand homes were completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.   The cost to rebuild or replace those homes runs in the billions while the state has only millions on hand to provide housing aid.

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