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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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Friday, lawmakers in the Texas House are debating several legislative efforts aimed at improving the state’s school finance system, but what exactly is “school finance?” 

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This month, the Department of Public Safety sent out a letter informing local law enforcement agencies it would begin charging them a fee for use of the state’s forensic crime labs.  But in a letter released Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott has demanded that DPS abandon this effort.  

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Inside the State Capitol lawmakers are debating and voting on the transgender bathroom bill, while outside the building local school and law enforcement officials condemn the legislation.  

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From private school vouchers to property tax reforms, now that the Texas Senate has cleared its requirement of passing a bill that licenses the existence of some state agencies, the game is on to pass the other priorities Gov. Greg Abbott outlined ahead of this summer’s special session.  

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Will a statewide ban on texting-while-driving replace ordinances already on the books in cities across Texas? 

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