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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Newscast
5:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

LGBT Equality And Houndstooth Lawsuits

APR

5pm Newscast

Tuesday May 13, 2014

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LGBT Equality-Southern Strategy
4:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Group For LGBT Equality Laws In 3 Southern States

Washington-based group, The Human Rights Campaign, is spending $8.5 million for its "Project One America" in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama
Credit The Human Rights Campaign

A national group plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin says Tuesday that the Washington-based group is spending $8.5 million for its "Project One America" in the three southern states.

The three states do not have laws to protect people from being fired from a job or evicted from housing because of sexual orientation.

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Newscast
5:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Small Biz Week And Casino Raid Trials

APR

5pm Newscast

Monday May 12, 2014

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Newscast
5:14 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Investigating Politicians and Bad Weather

APR

5pm Newscast

Friday May 9, 2014

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Newscast
5:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Disaster Aid For 5 More Counties

APR

5pm Newscast

Thursday May 7, 2014

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Newscast
5:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Alabama Women Sue For Marriage Recognition

APR

5 pm Newscast

Wednesday May 7, 2014

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Newscast
5:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Alabama Pays For Immigration Law

APR

5pm Newscast

Tuesday May 6, 2014

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Newscast
5:07 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

"The Scarlet Letter List" and Immigration

5 pm Newscast

Friday May 2, 2014

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Teacher Raises
7:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises?

Rally for teacher pay raises in front of the Alabama State House on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Montgomery.
Lloyd Gallman Montgomery Advertiser

In the last few years the state has had to tighten its belt to rein in spending during some lean budget years. Alabama’s teachers have had to shoulder some of that burden with pay cuts and increased contributions to their pensions. Teachers received a two percent pay raise last year, their first since 2007. More raises were expected this year to help bring teacher pay back to pre-recession levels. Governor Robert Bentley took up the cause during his State of the State address...

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Driver License Closure
5:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Alabama Driver Licenses Offline In Late April

Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.

Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations. All systems, including online services, will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25 until 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The closure will also affect probate judges' offices, license commissioners' offices and other agencies that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews. Motor vehicle records and accident reports will also be offline.

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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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