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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Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The Texas Senate has passed a proposed state budget, now it’s the House’s turn.  Beginning Thursday morning lawmakers will begin debating what the state should pay for over the next two years. Lawmakers may also try to slim in some items that have nothing to do with spending.




The House’s chief budget writer John Zerwas says the House version of the budget focuses heavily on the needs of Texas children.


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Monday evening the superintendent of schools in La Vernia, southeast of San Antonio, is going to talk to the community about an alleged sexual hazing program involving student athletes.  The arrests of at least 10 students have devastated citizens in this rural town of 1,200.

Ryan Poppe

A bill that would create private school choice programs by allowing state funds to be used on private school education has passed out of the Texas Senate Thursday and on to the House. Some of the biggest concerns about the Republican-led bill came from other Republicans.

State Sen. Larry Taylor made several changes to his original bill aimed at creating private school choice programs in Texas. One change decreases the overall amount of state funds that fuel the bill’s Education Savings Accounts and tax-credit scholarships.

Ryan Poppe

Lawmakers in the Texas Senate have passed a two-year budget that would require local property owners to pay a bigger chunk of the public education tab.  It's a budget that seems on a direct collision course with House's budget.

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State lawmakers, who were asked by President Donald Trump to share their insight about the state of healthcare in America are back home Texas today.  State Sen. Donna Campbell was among ten women working in the healthcare field that was asked to share her opinion about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.