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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Corps-Water Releases
3:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Corps To Release More Water Amid Drought

The Army Corps of Engineers will release more water out Lake Lanier to help alleviate drought conditions.
Credit http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/lanier/ / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.


Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.

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Racist Language Amendment
5:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

AEA Fighting Amendment 4 On Racist Language

The AEA is pushing for voters to vote no on Amendment 4.
Credit Khara Persad / News 21

Alabama Education Association is urging citizens to vote no on Amendment 4, which would remove language from Alabama's constitution providing for separate schools by race and for poll taxes.


AEA is fighting the proposed constitutional amendment because it restates language added to the constitution in 1956 to inhibit school integration. That language says there is no right to a public education in Alabama.

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Altered Student Grades
5:16 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

State Team Investigating Grade Change Allegations

The Alabama Dept. of Education is looking into into allegations of mass grade changes at three public high schools in Montgomery.

A three-member investigative team appointed by the state Department of Education is looking into allegations of mass grade changes at three public high schools in Montgomery.

School Superintendent Barbara Thompson sought the department's help earlier this month after the Montgomery Advertiser reported that teachers who worked in Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier high schools said they witnessed or participated in the improper changing of hundreds of grades.

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District 5
9:28 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Countdown To Election: Ala. District 5

Incumbent Republican Mo Brooks looks to win relection to Congress over Democratic challenger Charlie Holley.
http://brooks.house.gov/about-me Wikimedia Commons

Alabama's 5th congressional district covers the entire northern part of Alabama stretching from Florence to Huntsville. In Democratic hands for over a century it's only been recently that District 5 has gone Republican, with Mo Brooks victory in 2010. Brooks is being opposed this time around by Democrat Charlie Holley. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with Dr.

Forrest Monument
5:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Selma Marchers Oppose Honoring Civil War General

People in Selma marched to prevent the rebuilding of a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
en.wikipedia.org

More than 60 people have marched from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma City Hall to protest a monument to a Civil War general being rebuilt in a Selma cemetery.

The biracial group carried signs Tuesday and chanted, "No justice, no peace."

Their leader, activist Rose Toure, said Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The marchers went to City Hall to ask the City Council to deny permission to rebuild the monument. A similar monument disappeared from the cemetery earlier this year.

September Budget Referendum
3:53 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Alabamians To Vote On Amendment to Balance the General Fund Budget

Voters head to the polls Sept. 18th to vote on a constitutional amendment to balance the state's General Fund budget.
Trance Mist Flickr

The Alabama Nursing Home Association is proud of the fact that at least one nursing home is available in every county in the state. But if the budget referendum taking place tomorrow fails that effort could be in danger. John Matson is a spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association. He says a vote of "no" tomorrow could spell deep cuts on the horizon.

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Eating Alabama
2:35 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

"Eating Alabama" To Screen In Tuscaloosa

“Eating Alabama” follows filmmaker Andrew Grace and his wife on a yearlong journey through eating only locally grown food.
eatingalabama.com

“Eating Alabama” is a documentary follows filmmaker Andrew Grace and his wife on a yearlong journey through eating only locally grown food. The movie is making its rounds on the film festival circuit having shown at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas and most recently at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham.  Now it’s set to show in Grace's backyard Sunday at the Bama Theate in Tuscaloosa. He says while making the film the story became more about where our food comes from.

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Sports Medicine
11:40 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Safety of Young Athletes Takes Center Stage As Football Season Gets Underway

The sport of football is full of injuries, but for younger athletes special care needs to be taken to ensure player safety.
UAB Sports Medicine Children's Hospital of Alabama.

It's football season and for many young athletes that means lots of practices and training to get in shape for the big game every week. It's also a prime time for these players to get injured. Drew Ferguson is a licensed athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital of Alabama. Ferguson says extra care needs to be taken at youth levels to keep players safe because they lack the resources of the older counterparts.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Alabama's Gulf Coast Slowly Coming Back After Isaac

Isaac, now a tropical storm, is still making trouble for Alabama's Gulf Coast.
noaa.gov National Hurricane Center

Southeast Alabama is slowly beginning to dry out after Isaac. Shops and stores along the Alabama gulf coast are re-opening for business. Alabama Power reported restoring power to most of Dauphin Island shortly before 5PM Wednesday. Isaac has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but has stalled over southeastern Louisiana dumping many inches of rain on the Gulf Coast.That means Alabama's Gulf Coast isn't quite out of the woods yet. The forecast calls for more rain in the Mobile area between now and Friday, and a bit drier over the weekend.

Immigraiton Ruling
5:17 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

11th Circuit of Appeals Issues Ruling On Ala.'s Immigration Law

An appeals court has issued a ruling on Alabama's immigration law.
Florida Atlantic University

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has issued a ruling today on Alabama's immigration law or HB56.

The Court has thrown out the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.

The Court has also temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27. Section 10 is also known as the "papers please" section. It makes it a state crime if an immigrant is not carrying an alien registration document. Section 27 forbids citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants.

Civil Rights Hearing
1:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer Talks Civil Rights And Immigration

Mary Bauer is the legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery.
splcenter.org Southern Poverty Law Center


The United States Commission on Civil Rights is in Birmingham today (August 17, 2012) to discuss the effects of the state's recently enacted immigration laws on the civil rights of individuals. The commission will mainly focus on the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Arizona's immigration law on other state's with similar legislation. Mary Bauer is the legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery and is one of the speakers at the hearing. She says the impact of Alabama's law has been far reaching.

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Immigration
5:20 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Ala. Homeland Security Dir. Weighs In On Deferred Action Immigration Policy

A women protesting Alabama's HB-56 immigration law at a rally.
longislandwins Flickr

Beginning today, undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 can apply for so-called "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

The program is designed to allow migrants to live and work in the U-S openly without fear of deportation.

State Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier says this will create a bureaucratic hurdle for Alabama law enforcement and businesses. Collier says since the policy change potentially could apply to anyone between 16 and 30 years of age, this new layer encompasses a substantial portion of the undocumented alien population.

Browns Ferry Violations
5:27 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Alabama Nuclear Plant Review Results In Violation

Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant
tva.com Tennessee Valley Authority

Federal regulators have issued a violation to the Tennessee Valley Authority after an inspection at its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in northern Alabama. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement that its staff will increase oversight at the facility. The agency said the "white" finding for all three of the facility's units comes after NRC inspectors found that plant operators and employees were unable to adequately perform newly implemented procedures for a safe plant shutdown. The NRC said it determined that workers were not adequately trained on the new procedures.

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Alabama Get Online
3:36 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Google Wants To Get Your Small Business Online

Google's Alabama Get Your Business Online event at the WorkPlay entertainment complex in Birmingham.
Ryan Vasquez

Robert Robinson owns Sundries and Specialties. It’s a brand new business, and he wants a brand new website to go with it.


“Well the front page I wanted to show various items like what we may sell,” Robinson says.  “Our store being sundries and specialties we may sell sundries, which is various items and then we specialize in jewelry or certain antiques. So I want the picture to represent that situation and describe some stuff about or business.”

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Sales Tax Holiday
10:31 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Alabama's Sales Tax Holiday: Good For Business, Bad Tax Policy

Joseph Henchman is vice president for legal and state projects for The Tax Foundation.
taxfoundation.org Tax Foundation

Alabama's seventh annual sales tax holiday for school-related items starts Friday. Items from pencils to computer equipment are exempt from the state's four percent sales tax as well as sales tax in participating counties and cities.

The holiday is expected to help businesses and customers alike but a new report says such holidays are poor tax policy. Joseph Henchman is vice president for legal and state projects for The Tax Foundation. He says when you get down to it, customers aren't really saving that much money.

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