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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During a stop in Austin yesterday (Tuesday) Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, accused Donald Trump of promoting violence with  some of his most recent comments. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports.



Sen. Kaine was responding to questions about Trump’s statement that gun rights advocates could act if Clinton wins and nominates anti-gun Supreme Court justices.


Kaine said, Nobody who is seeking the presidency  “should do anything to countenance violence”


Trump says that’s not what he was trying to do.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Members of a state task force on infectious disease say more funding is needed to monitor and test the mosquito population for the Zika virus.  The task force got a look Monday at what it would take to respond to Zika.


In a tent pitched in the parking lot of the Texas Department of State Health Services, emergency responders demonstrated a biohazard suit that could be used as protection during a Zika outbreak.


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Attorneys for three University of Texas professors suing the State of Texas over it’s campus carry law presented their arguments before a federal district judge in Austin.

UT Professor Lisa Moore is one of those professors who alleges her right to academic freedom, which is a protected clause under the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech, would be violated by having a gun in her classroom.

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An effort that would make it mandatory for all abortion providers to dispose of fetal tissue remains through either a burial or cremation service sparks heated testimony in Austin.  Those on both sides of the issue testified before the Texas Department of State Health Services Commission on how it would impact Texas women.

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Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population but hold just one percent of elected offices.  That’s according to the Latino Victory Project, which is raising millions of dollars to change that.  

Two San Antonians behind the effort were front and center at the Democratic National Convention ....making connections for the project.  

At a convention exhibit booth draped in red and blue, volunteers with the Latino Victory Party spread the word about their project launched two years ago.