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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Associated Press


The biggest takeaway for some Texas Republicans who watched last night’s presidential debate was that no clear candidate has yet to emerge and that they learned a lot from the night’s verbal shouting matches.  


After last night’s heated GOP debate, many of members of the Williamson County Republican Party still feel they’re without a clear choice for who will unite and lead the party in 2016.


For much of the night, CNN moderators tried to keep up with the side squabbles between candidates in between their own debate questions.


Ryan E. Poppe

The University of Texas at Austin’s President has named a new interim athletic director following the buyout of former athletic director Steve Paterson’s contract. UT President Greg Fenves  named Houston attorney Mike Perrin as the temporary replacement.

“For over thirty years he has worked with the athletics department on a volunteer basis, [providing] great services to this university while he has had an outstanding professional career as one of the most prominent lawyers in the state of Texas," Fenves said.

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At a meeting on Monday with veterans in the Rio Grande Valley, Governor Greg Abbott, along with U.S. Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Texas Senator John Cornyn, announced decreasing wait times for veterans trying to see a doctor.

A 2014 government report showed veterans waited an average of 85 days to be seen by a doctor at the VA Texas Coastal Bend Center in Harlingen.

Governor Abbott, Senator Cornyn, and Secretary McDonald met with hundreds of veterans in South Texas to discuss ideas that would expand healthcare access in the Rio Grande Valley.

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The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio's John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.

Members of the UIL executive committee made that announcement Wednesday morning after a public meeting with representatives from the Northside Independent School District, the Marble Falls School District, and members of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. 

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Attorneys for a pair of same-sex couples that originally sued the state for its ban on same-sex marriage are looking to get paid.  San Antonio Attorney Neel Lane was the lead attorney in the case and said the state owes plaintiff attorneys close to $750 thousand dollars in attorney’s fees and expenses.