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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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Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday.Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public RadioEdit | Remove

Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday.

Professor Jim Henson, head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, tells Texas Public Radio's Ryan Poppe that despite Texas Democrats having not seen for decades the type of energy around Beto O’Rourke's campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, O'Rourke's chances are slim.

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The Texas Education Agency has finished presenting its argument challenging a Department of Education ruling that threatens to strip millions in special education funding from Texas schools.

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Gov. Greg Abbott shared his views on marijuana use in Texas during Friday night's gubernatorial debate. He mentioned one idea that may have surprised marijuana advocates.