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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Elected officials have a lot to talk about at the State Capitol this week: reducing local property taxes, teaching high school students what to do when stopped by a police officer, and reforming the code of ethics for lawmakers just to name a few. 

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Despite an increased budget request in border spending, Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said security along the Texas-Mexico border is only expected to worsen. His statements were part of a special House committee meeting that took place this week in Brownsville.

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Lawmakers in Austin are examining the ins and outs of the state’s school finance system  ahead of the 2017 legislative session, where funding may be limited.  The state’s highest court found the system to be constitutional, yet inadequate, and now some lawmakers are pushing to change the state formulas that may fund your child’s education

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Texans were among the many millions who last night joined in the political equivalent of a football tailgater.  They put on their favorite candidate t-shirts; grabbed drinks and plates of food, and settled in for 90 minutes of head-butting and territorial tackles.

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Texans will join millions of Americans tonight as they watch presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head to head in their first televised debate.  The candidates’ campaigns in Texas believe the sparring could sway some undecided or un-engaged voters in this state.

A recent statewide poll in Republican Red Texas shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton here by just 7 points.  Another 17 percent of likely voters said they didn’t know who they would support.

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