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 / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro pumped up Texas Democrats Thursday with his vision of how their Party can become competitive in Texas again. Castro also confirmed he may mount a campaign to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Some Texas women at the Democratic National Convention reacted with emotion last night as Hillary Clinton became the first woman in the country to lead a major political party’s ticket.

The Philadelphia arena was packed as Clinton made history as the first woman to accept the nomination to lead a major party’s presidential ticket. 


"And so my friends it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination," Clinton says.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Texas delegates packed a room in Philadelphia this morning to hear from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

For days Sanders and Clinton delegates have been bickering. But Wednesday morning they remained civil as Bernie Sanders told them they would have to work together to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November.


On night three of the  Democratic National Convention the speakers list will include Jamie Dorff from the Austin suburb of Leander. Jaime lost her husband, Army helicopter pilot Patrick Dorff, 12-years-ago when he was on a search and rescue mission in Iraq.  Their daughter was three at the time.

Jaime will tell the story of how, then Senator Hillary Clinton of New York worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Bernie Sanders delegates from Texas and other states took over the media work space on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.  Hundreds joined the protest shortly after delegates officially nominated Hillary Clinton.


Tuesday night, when Democrats officially voted for their presidential nominee, most Sanders delegates from Texas resisted suggestions they show unity by casting their ballots for Hillary Clinton.