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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FBI Director James Comey spoke at the University of Texas in Austin Thursday. He addressed national security threats facing the country as well as some of those happening right here in the Lone Star State.


Comey was invited to give the keynote address at a symposium of the Intelligence Studies Project at UT.  He focused on foreign terror organizations like the Islamic State inspiring attacks on U.S. soil.


Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Child Protective Services would get more money but public schools and higher education would get less under a state budget that is expected to be approved by the full Senate next week.

In their proposed budget for the next two years, Senate budget writers found additional money for mental health and Child Protective Services, CPS.  A federal judge has said CPS case workers are handling too many foster child cases and there is a shortage of qualified foster care homes.


Ryan Poppe

Education leaders in the Texas Senate discussed the creation of tax-credit vouchers and private school choice options on Tuesday.  It’s an issue that has pitted House education leaders against those in the Senate when it comes to public school funding vs. private school options.

Friendswood Republican Sen. Larry Taylor is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee and the author of a bill that would create a private school choice option as an alternative to public schools in Texas.

Ryan Poppe

Legislation aimed at reducing homeowners’ property taxes passes out of the Texas Senate.   But some critical of the bill still worry it will reduce what cities and counties use to fund their local police, fire, and emergency services.

The bill introduced by Sen. Paul Bettencourt would lower the percentage that cities and counties could raise property taxes when property values aren’t providing enough revenue to fund local municipalities’ budgets.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Some House lawmakers are aiming to stop the Agriculture Commissioner’s feral hog poisoning program at all costs and that includes adjusting the state’s budget so that funds cannot be used for a warfarin-based poisoning program in Texas.

This month, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller announced he was bringing a “Hog Apocalypse” to Texas with the creation of a program that would allow farmers and ranchers to use the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, to poison feral hogs on their property.