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Ryan Loyd

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Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014. 

Ryan began reporting at KGNB radio in New Braunfels, followed by KTSA. He worked in television news in Joplin, MO, San Antonio, Sherman, Texas, and Austin.

Since joining TPR in October 2011, Ryan has covered stories of local, state and national interest including the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address.

Ryan especially enjoys reporting on in-depth issues like the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom, the ongoing conversation into redeveloping Alamo Plaza, the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sex scandal, and numerous city issues. Ryan is a regular contributor to NPR News.

Two stories Ryan reported in 2013 received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists-Ft. Worth Chapter. In the Green News category, the organization honored Ryan with an award for his coverage of the Bracken Bat Cave and a proposed development that threatened the maternal colony's existence. The story was also featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." In the Opening the Books category, Ryan's story, Brooks City-Base is in Business, received recognition for exploring how far the old Air Force base has come in revitalizing the area after the base was closed.

For his coverage in 2012, Ryan won a Michael E. DeBakey Journalism award for his feature on a story about Canine PTSD, which ran locally and on NPR's "All Things Considered." The story explored the possibilities that combat dogs exhibit symptoms of a post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to the same disorder human soldiers experience.

The Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award honors professional journalists whose reporting has enhanced public understanding of how the humane and responsible use of animal models leads to medical and scientific discoveries. Loyd accepted the award May 14 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

He also won the Reporting on Open Government award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Ft. Worth Chapter, for his stories relating to the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The stories contributed to the Air Force's increased transparency to the media and to the public. 

In 2011 he won first place in the Ft. Worth Society of Professional Journalist's First Amendment Awards in the Green News category for his work on an environmental story while in Austin. He won a second place Associated Press Broadcasters award for beat reporting for his coverage of San Antonio city government at TPR.

Ryan is trying to become a more avid cyclist, but in the meantime he chases around a vibrant pre-schooler and a red-nosed dog with his wife, Sarah.

Ways to Connect

State of Texas / CC

Early voting begins today for the six candidates that want to represent San Antonio in the Texas House and convince voters they can best replace Rep. Mike Villareal in District 123. 

 Here’s the challenge for each of the six: Getting voters to pay as much attention to them as they‘re paying to the holiday roast, eggnog, and parties planned for New Year’s Eve. 


The Archdiocese of San Antonio is taking a stand against the detention of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. On Thursday, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he was troubled by the opening and expansion of detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.

Garcia-Siller said he was urging the government to ensure protections for those who had come to the U.S. to escape unthinkable situations in their homeland. He took his concerns outside the San Fernando Cathedral.

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Two San Antonio City Council members are through hearing arguments being presented by the city's public safety unions as they negotiate health and benefit contracts with the city. While council members hope negotiations resume, Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana and Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg have made it clear that they will not be intimidated.

The Texas Capitol will soon be abuzz with lawmakers returning for the session. But changes are in the air for members representing Bexar County.

According to last session’s Texas House of Representatives rankings, Bexar County’s legislative delegation held four of the top 50 spots, including Ruth Jones McClendon at No. 19, Mike Villarreal at No. 30, Jose Menendez at No. 32, and Trey Martinez Fischer at No. 35.

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Anthony Trevino, or Tony as he's known, has been named as interim police chief by City Manager Sheryl Sculley. He starts his new assignment Jan. 1.

Trevino is a veteran member of the San Antonio Police Department, and most recently has served as Deputy Chief, and outgoing Police Chief William McManus' chief of staff.

Rarely can anyone find McManus at City Hall or at a crime scene without Trevino somewhere nearby. He's soft-spoken and doesn't attract much attention. That's one of the main differences he sees as he transitions from a behind the scenes staff member.

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A day that was to see paeans sung to the economic development of the East Side, with the opening of Alamo Brewing Company’s new facility under the Hays Street Bridge, turned into an angry earful.

A small, but vocal group of people stood atop the bridge and only stopped chanting and yelling during the Pledge of Allegiance, and when State Rep. Mike Villarreal spoke. They continued to express their anger during the prayer and when speakers, including State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, took the podium.

The Bexar County Clerk is preparing for a possible flood of same-sex couples wanting to get married — if San Antonio-based U.S. Federal Judge, Orlando Garcia, lifts a stay on the Texas gay marriage ban.

Gerard Rickhoff is a Republican who isn’t afraid to admit his own party is in the wrong, when the party’s line tries to legislate morality.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Early voting is happening right now in the runoff election between Alan Warrick and Keith Toney for the District 2 San Antonio City Council seat. And this is an election where every single vote will count. In two days of early voting so far, the Bexar County Elections Office has shown that 215 people have showed up to the polls.

Warrick is the bowtie-wearing businessman who has walked the streets, held his sign on street corners, and talked to people about his stance on issues like infrastructure problems on the East Side.

City of San Antonio

San Antonio's growth is underscoring the need for an updated comprehensive plan. Now, the city is about to embark on a yearlong public outreach campaign to gather input from the community ahead of a possible new master plan. Over the next year, the city will collect data and feedback from those who know best, as to which areas of town are too congested or could use more resources.

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has said that name-calling would get the city and public safety unions nowhere in the ongoing negotiations for uniform healthcare and benefits.

Taylor, though, has offered an olive branch of sorts, in the hope of reaching a compromise with the unions. She called for a cooling off period — a holiday truce — from the widespread attack ads and harsh rhetoric that have marked the negotiations with city unions over healthcare and other benefits.