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.


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.

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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Mass Shootings
9:28 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Motivations of Suicidal Killers: A Conversation With Author Adam Lankford

Adam Lankford is the author of "The Myth of Martyrdom" which explores what really drives suicidal killers.

  Mass shootings seem to be on the rise lately. In light of the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary last month, everyone from the president on down to local school systems have been trying to find ways to curb gun violence and prevent such an incident from happening again.

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Alabama Tornadoes
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK

An Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.
Credit FEMA

Officials say an Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.

Leaders in the Walker County city of Cordova hope the project can begin moving forward within the next two or three months.

Officials announced the decision today at a meeting of Cordova's long-term recovery committee.

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School Shootings
4:54 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ala. Leaders Strategize School Shooting Prevention

Alabama legislative leaders strategize to prevent incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
Credit istockphoto

Participants in a Statehouse summit meeting have agreed that preventing and reacting to incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting will be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature in the regular session that begins Feb. 5.

That was the consensus among speakers Wednesday at a meeting of lawmakers, law enforcement officers and educators at the Alabama Statehouse.

The meeting was called by House and Senate leaders to discuss the issue following the shooting last month that killed 26 at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Auburn Trees Poisoned
4:49 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tentative Trial Date Set In Auburn Tree Poisoning

A tentative trial has been set for the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University.
Credit bleacherreport.com

A tentative trial date has been set for Harvey Updyke Jr., the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University with a powerful herbicide during Auburn's national championship run in the 2010 football season.

Updyke is scheduled to appear in court April 8. A hearing will also be held Feb. 13 to discuss pending motions — which include a request by the Lee County District Attorney's Office to revoke Updyke's bond.

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Alabama Cheerleaders Wreck
4:44 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Bus Carrying 'Bama Cheerleaders Involved In Wreck

A bus carrying home University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS championship game was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.
Credit rolltide.com

Montgomery police say a charter bus carrying home University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS championship game was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the crash happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on Western Boulevard at Interstate 65. Police say the accident involved the cheerleaders' bus, which was carrying 31 people; a car; and a pickup truck.

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Alabama Storms
5:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Ala. Red Cross Moving Tornado Service Center

The American Red Cross is moving its service center in Mobile to a new location to aid victims of the Christmas day tornadoes.
Credit Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

The American Red Cross has announced it plans to close its casework service center at the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, but plans to continue helping residents affected by the Christmas tornado in a new location.

Red Cross officials Friday said the service center on Dauphin Way would close at 4 p.m. and caseworkers will meet clients daily at the Red Cross office on North Sage Avenue near Ishee Street in Mobile from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday.

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New Year's Plane Crash
4:42 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Student Pilot In Crash Ignored FAA Regulations

Near the accident site in Jasper.
Credit cbsnews.com

Federal authorities say a student pilot wasn't following regulations when he took off with two friends on a late-night flight that crashed in north Alabama and killed everyone aboard.

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Mine Deaths
4:17 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Coal Mine Accidents Kill 19 Workers In US In 2012

Of the 19 mining deaths in the U.S. in 2012, two were in Alabama.
Credit Mine Safety and Health Administration / Wikimedia Commons

Preliminary figures show 19 coal miners in the U.S. were killed on the job in 2012, down from 21 the previous year.

West Virginia led the nation with seven coal mining deaths.

The figures from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration show Kentucky had four coal mining deaths, followed by Alabama with two. Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia each recorded one death.

There also were 17 metal and nonmetal mining deaths, up from 16 in 2011. These fatalities bring the overall death toll in the mining industry to 36.

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