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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UPS Plane Crash
5:09 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet

Investigators sift through the wreckage of a UPS cargo jet that crashed just outside of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Wednesday.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

Investigators say they have recovered the flight recorders on an ill-fated UPS cargo jet that crashed at Birmingham's airport this week, killing its two crew members.

Today's search focused on the tail section of the aircraft, where the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are typically located. The National Transportation Board says they should know tomorrow if data is on the recovered flight data recorders.

The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.

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UPS Plane Crash
5:11 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

UPS Jet Crashes Near Birmingham Airport, Killing 2 And Scattering Wreckage Over Neighborhood

Wreckage from Wednesday morning's UPS cargo plane crash just outside of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport.
Credit Ralph Hicks / National Transportation Safety Board

Neighbors near the area where a UPS cargo plane crashed say they heard engines sputtering shortly before the fiery explosion.

The pilot and a co-pilot of the shipping company's Airbus A300 were killed early Wednesday when their plane crashed into a grassy field on approach to an airport in Birmingham.

Ryan Wimbleduff, who lives near the airport, said balls of fire rolled toward his property and shook his house.

Authorities say the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., and the cause of the crash is unclear.

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Selma Synagogue
4:54 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Simcha in Selma! A Bar Mitzvah To Help A Selma Synagogue

Elijah Schulman was called to the Torah on August 3, 2013 at Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma, Alabama.
Ashley Johnson Selma Times-Journal

Being bar mitzvahed is a rite of passage every young Jewish man gets to go through at the age of 13. A mitzvah is a good deed and performing one is paramount to the process. When Elijah Schulman thought about what he would do for his bar mitzvah project he didn’t look to his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. Rather Schulman looked to help out a Selma synagogue that had some old family ties. 

Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked to Schulman about how he came to help the Mishkan Israel synagogue as part of his bar mitzvah project.

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Voting Rights Act
4:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder efforts to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.
Credit ryanjreilly / Flickr

New efforts by the Obama administration to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.

The Justice Department wants Texas to continue seeking federal preapproval to change voting laws. That's despite justices stripping that requirement from the Voting Rights Act last month.

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Caroline's Cart
5:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Drew Ann Long Discusses The National Launch Of Caroline's Cart

Caroline's cart won a 2013 DaVinci Award and now partnered with Technibilt should be available in grocery stores nationwide by the end of July or early August.
Caroline's Cart

An Alabama woman who has invented a grocery cart designed to help people with special needs is taking her product national. Drew Ann Long is inventor of Caroline’s Cart, a grocery cart designed to allow special needs people be a part of the shopping experience. The last time we talked with Long she was on Capitol Hill to promote special needs initiatives. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez caught up with Long ahead of Thursday’s national launch for Caroline’s Cart to talk about what this next step means for special needs individuals.

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Civil Rights-Dynamite Hill
9:57 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores: The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill

Attorney Arthur Shores' countless legal battles for civil rights made him and his family the targets of attacks and bombings.
thegentlegiantofdynamitehill.blogspot.com

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Voting Rights Act
2:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge

One of the exhibits at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.
Ryan Vasquez

All year long here on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of some of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Era. Times of have changed for the better since 1963, but have they changed so much that we can move on from laws meant to protect minorities. Shelby County is challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 saying it’s no longer needed. Today Mason Davis is an accomplished lawyer in Birmingham, but in 1958 he was just a young law student trying to register to vote in Alabama.

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Civil Rights
9:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: The Children's March

The Birmingham Fire Department point a hose at demonstrators.
Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

Images of young black protesters being hit with fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 Birmingham are considered iconic. Hank Klibanoff saw them too. He was a fourteen year old paperboy in Florence when the Children’s march took place. He’s a Pulitzer Prize winner now. And what strikes him is where civil rights coverage wound up in the daily paper…

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Military Cultural Training
9:14 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Foreign Military Officers Get An Education In American Culture At Ala. Air Force Base

Today's lesson is "Perceptions of Threats and Enemies."
Ryan Vasquez

A quick glance around a classroom at Maxwell Air Force Base looks more like a United Nations meeting. Flags for Nigeria, Japan, Macedonia and many more countries adorn the students green flight suits along with squadron patches and aviation accomplishments. That’s because this class is called “Understanding and Working With the U.S. Military.” Dr. Brian Selmeski is the instructor.


“We have one civilian, nine military ranging from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel they are from ten different countries and between them they must speak oh at least 25 languages”

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Caroline's Cart
5:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Caroline's Cart Inventor Drew Ann Long Advocates For Those With Special Needs

Caroline with her mother Drew Ann Long.
Caroline's Cart

An Alabama woman is in Washington, D.C. on a quest to help children with special needs. Drew Ann Long is the inventor of what's called Caroline's Cart. It's a grocery cart designed to allow people with disabilities be a part of the shopping experience.


Long's advocacy for special needs individuals has taken her all the way from Alabama to Capitol Hill this week.


Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez recently spoke to her about what inspired her to develop Caroline's Cart and what she hopes to get out of her trip to Washington, D.C. this week.

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Legislative Transparency
4:45 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Alabama's Legislative Website Fails To Make The Grade

According to the Sunlight Foundation, Alabama's legislative website gets a failing grade when it comes to transparency.
Credit openstates.org / The Sunlight Foundation

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Alabama Legislature an `F' grade for how it makes legislative information available.


The Sunlight Foundation also gave a failing mark to five other states including Massachusetts, Colorado, and Kentucky.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Trial
5:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

High-Stakes Trial Begins Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

The high-stakes trial to determine who's responsible for the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill began Monday in New Orleans.
Credit The Associated Press

A BP lawyer says other companies that worked on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project made crucial mistakes that led to the deaths of 11 workers and the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill.


BP attorney Mike Brock acknowledged during his opening statements Monday for a high-stakes trial that the London-based company also made mistakes and "errors in judgment" before its Macondo well blew out.

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Saving Barton Academy
12:31 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Saving Mobile's Historic Barton Academy

Looking up at the front of Barton Academy.
Ryan Vasquez

  Government Street in Mobile is a bustling center of activity—kind of like what you’d see in a lot of big U.S. cities. The only thing that might seem out of place is the school. But that’s where Barton Academy, the first public school in Alabama, was built back in the late 1830s. Jerry Curran attended Barton during World War 2.


“I rode my bicycle to Barton Academy to be honest with you I see bicycles around but I wouldn’t want a kid to ride a bicycle down Government Street or Conti Street or any of them today,” says Curran. “So it was sleepy I guess you could say.”

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Harvey Milk Anthology
5:02 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussing Harvey Milk With "An Archive of Hope" Editor Jason Black

"An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings" is an anthology edited by Jason Black.
http://www.ucpress.edu/

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay public officials in the United States. His story and tragic death have made him a civil rights icon in the GLBTQ movement.


Up until recently most of Milk's own words weren't widely known with only four of his speeches having been published; at least until now. Jason Black is an associate professor in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama. He is also the editor of "An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings."

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School Closings
5:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Friday's Freezing Rain Forces School Delays In North Alabama

Freezing rain conditions in north Alabama could cause trouble for motorists Friday morning.
Credit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/

Alabama transportation officials say winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama likely will result in icy roads causing hazardous driving conditions.


The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Alabama Department of Transportation strongly encourage all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive.


Much of northern Alabama is under a freezing rain advisory until mid to late morning tomorrow.

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