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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House public education leaders are digging into a legislative effort deemed a priority by House Speaker Joe Straus this session, public school finance reform. 


Wednesday at the State Capitol veterans gathered at the Vietnam monument to rally for further legalization of medical marijuana.  A recent poll shows support throughout the state, but Legislation appears to face opposition from key Republicans.  Some veterans say that’s resulted in their breaking the law to treat their health conditions.

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In a statement Sen. Carlos Uresti said he was spending Thursday at the state legislature doing the people’s work.  But he was nowhere to be found.  State Rep. Tomas Uresti was there and defended his younger brother.

Two of San Antonio’s longest serving state lawmakers confirm - they failed to report a combined $60,000 in campaign donations. Senators Carlos Uresti and Jose Menendez have vowed to correct their mistakes.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has assigned some of his fellow San Antonians to prestigious committees in the Texas House, and named two of them to serve as committee chairs.

Democrat Roland Gutierrez will chair the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee, the committee reviewing legislation important to San Antonio, often referred to as Military U.S.A. 

Republican Lyle Larson will lead the Natural Resources Committee which will play a major role in considering water policy.