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 live in the Northwest Austin suburb of Jollyville. He enjoys spending time at many Austin's parks and outdoor areas with his son Luke and cycling along some of the area's bike trails.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from traditional French to modern Thai-cusine.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dan Patrick Cancels Participation In Closed-Door Runoff Debate With Dewhurst

As promised, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the two remaining Republican candidates in the runoff for lieutenant governor, planned to face off for a debate, but when the debate organizers declined to allow media access, Patrick declined to participate.

The debate was scheduled to take place at Houston’s famed River Oaks Country Club, and was to be put on by the business-conscious C Club of Houston.

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Border & Immigration
9:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Austin-Based Civil Rights Group Filing Suit Against Border Patrol In Immigrant Rape Case

A civil rights group in Austin says an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who raped three undocumented women near Mission is not unusual.

The case involves three women who were allegedly entering the country illegally when they were stopped by a U.S. Border Patrol agent just west of the town of Mission. The three women were then held against their will and raped -- the agent then attempted to kill them. Being faced with a full investigation, the agent later took his own life.

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SXSW 2014
9:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Third Person From SXSW Drunk Driving Accident Dies In Hospital

Erecting Ghost Bike Memorial at 9th Street and Red River in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Doctors at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge have added a third name to the list of deceased from the incident that killed two people Thursday, March 13, at SXSW.

Hospital officials say 26-year-old Sandy Le, who moved to Austin to attend college, died from a massive head injury.

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Bag Bans
2:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Environmental Groups Take Issue With Lawmaker Request For AG Opinion On Bag Bans

An environmental group says a trade association fighting plastic bag bans in Texas is attempting to use legal and judicial activism to prevail where their previous lawsuit regarding the issue failed.

The Texas Campaign for the Environment saidno harm has come to businesses in cities with bag bans.

Late last week, state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, filed for an opinion from Texas attorney general's office on behalf of the Texas Retailer’s Association regarding the legality of city’s bans on plastic shopping bags.  

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2014 Election
11:57 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Van De Putte Hires Veteran DNC Researcher As Campaign Manager

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who is on the Democratic ticket in the race for lieutenant governor in November.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

After months of using the Texas Democratic Party and staffers from the Lone Star Project as a makeshift campaign staff, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte has hired a campaign manager.

Van De Putte said the decision to run came late for her campaign and that made it difficult to quickly hire a campaign staff. This week she hired veteran Democratic National Committee researcher Scott Remley as her campaign manager. 

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Abortion In Texas
10:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UT Student Helps Get Texas Women Access To Abortion Services

As women in large sections of the state quickly lose access to abortion services, Lenzie Sheible, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, to form a nonprofit whose aim is to provide these women transportation to cities with abortion clinics.   

It was just a few weeks ago that the last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed it’s doors because of restrictions contained in Texas’ House Bill 2, the state’s new set of abortion restrictions that has so far led to the closure of 19 clinics. 

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2014 Governor's Race
3:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Political Expert Says New Abbott Campaign Policy Targets Davis' Law Career

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

 Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign has introduced a new campaign policy this week that political experts say takes a stab at Wendy Davis' past work as a bond attorney while she was a state lawmaker.   

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SXSW
2:09 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

SXSW Drunk Driver Identified As 22-Year-Old Killeen Man

Austin Police Chiefe Art Acevedo addresses the press.
Ryan Poppe

Austin police have identified the 22-year old driver they allege drove through barricaded streets at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, killing two people and injuring 23 others. 22-year old Rashad Owens of Killeen has been charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Affordable Care Act
4:23 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Conservative Think Tank Says Feds Are Spinning ACA Numbers For Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.

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2014 Election Campaign
12:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Is The Beaver Behind Patrick?

Dan Patrick Facebook Page

U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.   

In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money.  But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.

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