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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Budget writers in the Texas Senate are discussing legislation aimed at reducing the growth of property taxes.  But local and county leaders say the Republican-led bill would hamstring how much revenue they can raise to pay for essential services.

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

You may have heard Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller supports using a poison that will kill feral hogs ruining Texas crops and farm land. Miller likes to say the poison will bring about a “Hog Apocalypse” in Texas.

Ryan Poppe

Texans from across the state are at the State Capitol in Austin today telling lawmakers how they feel about the Texas Privacy Act, better known as the Transgender Bathroom Bill.  More than 400 signed up to testify at the first public hearing on legislation that has implications for businesses and families.


Members of the Texas Senate unanimously approve legislation aimed at reforming Texas’ Child Protective Services Agency, while House members struggled through changes to the original bill that were at times labeled as racially-insensitive.

Justices on the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges whether cities, like Houston, should be allowed to extend employee benefits to the spouses of same-sex couples.