Ryan Vasquez

News Host/Reporter

Ryan Vasquez is a reporter and the APR host of All Things Considered.  

A native of Miramar, Florida, Ryan comes to Alabama Public Radio after graduating from the University of Florida in 2006. While in Gainesville, Ryan worked for a sports-talk radio station as well as a WUFT-TV, but he gained his passion for public radio at Mid-Florida Public Radio. In his nearly eight years in public radio, Ryan has covered such stories as the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the deadly April 27th, 2011 outbreak of tornadoes. Ryan has contributed stories to Florida Public Radio, NPR and APM’s Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryan joined Alabama Public Radio in September of 2007. He also contributes to the Telecommunication and Film School at the University of Alabama as an adjunct instructor.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Affordable Care Act: "Caught in the Medicaid Gap"

PBS

All year long, Alabama Public Radio is collaborating with AL.com on the affordable care act. The new health insurance system is causing frustration and concern among Alabama residents. Over the course of the year, you’ll be hearing stories from your neighbors, and we’ll be looking for answers to your questions. One big concern connected to the Affordable Care Act is what’s called the Medicaid gap. Alabama is one of 24 states that chose not to expand Medicaid this year…Governor Robert Bentley made no bones about it during his state of the state address.

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School Closings
4:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

School Closings For Wednesday

Many school systems in north Alabama are closing for tomorrow due to winter weather.

Many businesses, schools, and government offices will be closed in much of north Alabama and parts of central and east Alabama tomorrow.

Below is a less than complete list of schools closings in those areas.

- Albertville City Schools - Closed Wednesday. All 12-month-employees report only if road conditions allow.

- Arab City Schools - Closed Wednesday

- Boaz City Schools - Closed Wednesday

- Colbert County Schools - Closed Wednesday

- Cullman County Schools - Closed Wednesday

- Decatur City Schools - Closed Wednesday

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Winter Weather-Alabama
4:10 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Ala. Schools Close Early At Mention Of Wintry Mix

Forecasters are warning of the potential for a wintry mix of snow and sleet across metro Birmingham and other parts of north central Alabama prompting school closings
Credit National Weather Service

Some schools in central Alabama are closing early at the mention of snow or sleet in the forecast.

Systems around metro Birmingham and Tuscaloosa began releasing students ahead of schedule Thursday as forecasters said there was a chance of a wintry mix in some areas.

Forecasters hadn't issued any winter storm watches or warnings at the time, and the weather service said temperatures were above freezing.

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Winter Weather-Closings
1:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Winter Weather Closings and Delays

Cold weather persists across Alabama causing many delays and closings for schools, businesses, and government buildings.

Wintry weather has ground much of the state to a halt today. Schools, businesses, and governmental buildings were either closed or sent people home early.

Bad conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday and officials are urging motorists to avoid travel if possible.

Many events planned for this evening have been canceled as well so check before heading out.

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Failing Schools
3:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Alabama Releases New Failing Schools List

The Alabama Department of Education has announced the new list of failing public schools, where students can transfer to other non-failing public schools or to private schools.
Credit kootation.com

The Alabama Department of Education has announced the new list of failing public schools, where students can transfer to other non-failing public schools or to private schools.

The department says five schools were added to the new list. They are Barbour County Intermediate School, Lafayette High School, Abbeville High School, Jeremiah A. Denton Middle School in Mobile County, and Bessemer High School.

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Egypt Referendum
4:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

An Alabama Attorney Observes Egypt's Referendum

An Egyptian woman a ballot for the constitutional referendum at a polling station in Cairo.
Tara Todras-Whitehill The New York Times

Egyptians are heading to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in a referendum on the country's proposed new constitution. Observers from all over the world will be in Egypt to make sure the democratic process goes smoothly including an attorney from Alabama. Kathy Johnson is a Birmingham attorney with vast experience in human rights and election work. We spoke to Johnson before she headed to Egypt. She says she'll be accompanied by four security guards during her visit. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez asked Johnson if she's worried...

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Alabama Securities Commission
11:20 am
Sun December 22, 2013

The Wolf Of Wall Street Vs. The Alabama Securities Comission

"The Wolf of Wall Street" written by Jordan Belfort
Paper Plus

  The Wolf of Wall Street hits theaters this week. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, a high powered stock broker who was later indicted for securities fraud. That may sound like a fictional story from the world of Hollywood. But, the story of Jordan Belfort, who was indicted on securities fraud for stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room is painfully true.

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Tornado Recovery
4:39 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.
Credit apr

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.

Bentley announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants on Tuesday. He says nearly $19 million more is still available for cities and counties to seek.

Tuscaloosa County will get $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in Holt.

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Textbooks-Religion Complaints
3:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Ala. Critics Say School Texts Insult Christians

Alabama's school board is postponing a decision on new school textbooks after conservatives complained they promote Islam and oppose Christianity.
Credit istockphoto

Alabama's school board is postponing a decision on new school textbooks after conservatives complained they promote Islam and oppose Christianity.

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice asked for the delay Thursday following complaints by the Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT for America.

The groups complained that 12 textbooks proposed for social studies classes have a pro-Muslim slant and are anti-Christian.

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Civil Rights
10:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: Black Newspapers

The plaque honoring Emory Jackson sits outside Nelson Brothers Cafe in Birmingham.
Ryan Vasquez

Let’s put you in the position of a being black person living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.

“If you picked up a white newspaper you as a black person didn’t exist,” says Craig Flournoy.

Flournoy is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University.

“There was no record of you being born, no record of you graduating from high school much less college, no record of you getting married, no record of your promotion and no record of you dying,” he says.

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Jefferson County-Bankruptcy
4:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

After Emerging From Bankruptcy, What's Next For Jefferson County?

Brian Hilson is President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance which helped Jefferson County in it's process to emerge from one of the largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history.
Credit Birmingham Business Journal

Jefferson County has emerged from one the largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history. After two years of meeting with creditors and countless days in court the county commission can operate with more ease. But how did they get to this point? Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Brian Hilson who is President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance about his organization's involvement in helping Jefferson County emerge from bankruptcy and what's next.

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Payday Loans
3:30 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Payday Lending Moratorium Extended In Montgomery

The Montgomery City Council has extended a moratorium on issuing new business licenses for payday lending companies.
Credit Jason Comely / Flickr

The Montgomery City Council has extended a moratorium on issuing new business licenses for payday lending companies.

Council voted Tuesday to extend a 90-day moratorium by six months. Councilman Richard Bollinger said the extension would give city officials time to examine how the businesses impact Montgomery.

Bollinger says city leaders are looking to foster a diverse business climate, and are unsure of why payday lending businesses are concentrated in specific areas of the city.

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More Cold Weather
4:08 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Freezing Temperatures Expected For Much Of Alabama Tonight

More freezing temperatures expected for much of Alabama late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
Credit National Weather Service

It was brutally cold over night in parts of Alabama, and forecasters say it's not over yet. Tonight's forecast is for more cold weather for the Tennessee Valley, with temperatures dropping to the mid-twenties again.

Tuscaloosa is predicted to have upper twenties, and Mobile could be in the mid thirties.

Meteorologist Holly Allen says precautions for tonight are the same as for last night.

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Birmingham-Day of the Dead
9:45 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos in Birmingham

The main altar for this year's Dia de los Muertos Festival was "Year of the Civil Rights Martyr."
Ryan Vasquez

Once a year along 1st Avenue South in Birmingham the streets are closed and Alabamians are transported to another place and another culture.

“There’s the smell of the food, and the smell of the copol, and the smell of the candle wax and the sights of the art and the color and you hear the music.”

Wendy Jarvis is describing Birmingham’s Dia de los Muertos Festival.

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Arts & Life
5:46 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Mobile Finds Its "Mojo" With A Little Jazz And Jambalaya

drumpics.com

When people think of jazz music, the streets of New Orleans and Mardi Gras may come to mind. Just to the east, the city of mobile claims to be the original home of Mardi Gras. And if you ask Carmen Brown, mobile’s jazz scene is strong, though somewhat overlooked…

“They know about Louis Armstrong; New Orleans Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt. Well Mobile, gave the world James Reese Europe and Donald Ashwander and Jabo Starks and Lil Greenwood and Cootie Williams,” says Brown. “So we have our folks who’ve made their mark.”

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