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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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Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich / KUT

As we move closer to November’s midterm elections, social media will more often capture candidates like Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz in strange or funny moments on the campaign trail, and these moments may go viral online.

But do these potentially humanizing or charming pop culture moments make any difference with the voters?


The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Beto O’Rourke's campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has landed him before a national television audience. On Thursday, the Democrat was a guest on ABC's "Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ryan Poppe

A new project hopes to provide data-driven research to state agencies as they explore new solutions to enduring social and economic problems.



Miguel Guitierrez Jr. / KUT

A San Antonio congressman will ask the U.S. House to investigate why the federal government is calling into question the citizenship of Hispanics in Texas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich

Rhetoric between Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke is growing sharper as the voter margin between them narrows and the midterm elections loom.