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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Alabama State President
5:03 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Alabama State Board To Consider President's Fate

Alabama State's board will meet Friday to to consider the fate of embattled president Joseph Silver.
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Alabama State University's board of trustees will meet Friday to consider the fate of embattled president Joseph Silver.


The Montgomery Advertiser reported the developments after it obtained an email sent from one trustee to the board chairman.


Silver has been on leave since Nov. 26, when the executive committee of the board took that action in an emergency meeting.


Immediately following that meeting, Silver claimed he was being punished for questioning several contracts currently in place at ASU that didn't benefit the school.

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Alabama Public TV
4:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Alabama Public TV Raises Money With Fired CEO's Letter

Alabama Public Television is using a form letter signed by its fired executive director Allan Pizzato in a fundraising campaign.
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Alabama Public Television is using a form letter signed by its fired executive director in a fundraising campaign.


The statewide network recently sent a letter to past donors bearing the name of Allan Pizzato. Commissioners fired Pizzato in June, a decision that preceded a wave of resignations by other leaders of Alabama Public TV.


Network spokesman Mike McKenzie says a mistake by a direct-mail company resulted in the letters going to about 1,000 households.

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Altered Student Grades
5:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

7 On Leave Amid Montgomery Grade-Changing Probe

Montgomery Public Schools' Superintedent says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.
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The superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.


Superintendent Barbara Thompson said no teachers were among those who were penalized.


Thompson and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange made the comments at a Tuesday news conference. Thompson and Strange credited teachers who they say resisted some administrators' efforts to get them to change student grades.

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Alabama Storms
5:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in a Birmingham neighborhood Monday morning.
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The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.


The National Weather Service says the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue near the Birmingham farmer's market. Birmingham Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.

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Elder Abuse
4:53 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse

Two bills proposed for upcoming legislative session aims to curb elder abuse.
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Two bills proposed for the legislative session starting Feb. 5 will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.


Two Republican legislators, Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, announced the legislation Monday in Shelby County along with the state director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. The legislation is recommended by the Alabama Interagency Council for Prevention of Elder Abuse and is backed by the governor.


The bills would apply to victims who are 60 or older.

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GOP Chairman Challenged
5:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

GOP Chairman Disappointed Bentley Not Supportive

GOP Party Chairman Bill Armistead is disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley isn't backing his re-election bid.
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Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says he's disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley has abandoned him, but he doesn't think it will affect the outcome of his re-election bid.


Bentley held a conference call with members of the Republican Executive Committee Thursday night, where he endorsed Birmingham attorney Matt Fridy for the party's top leadership job. Bentley backed Armistead when he was elected two years ago. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard are also backing Fridy.

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UA President
4:50 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

2 Aides To Former UA President Still Being Paid

Although Guy Bailey resigned as UA president in late October, two of his aides continue to draw a salary.
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Two top aides to former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey are leaving the school but will continue to draw a salary for months.


Both presidential assistant Mary Larson Diaz and presidential chief of staff Justin Clark moved to Tuscaloosa with Bailey from Texas Tech University after he took the job at Alabama. Their combined salaries were $246,000 annually.


But both positions were eliminated following Bailey's unexpected resignation after just two months on the job.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
4:43 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison

Lawyers for ex-lobbyist Jarrod Massey say he's been attacked in prison.
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Lawyers for a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case say he was attacked at a federal prison in Montgomery and moved to a different prison.


Attorneys for former Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey filed court documents requesting to see their client and check on his wellbeing. The date of the attack and Massey's condition are not disclosed in court records.


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons reports Massey was moved from the federal prison in Montgomery to the one in Talladega.

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Naked Student Shot
5:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Parents Of Ala. Freshman Suing Over Campus Killing

The parents of University of South Alabama student who was shot to death by campus police are suing the school over his death.
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The parents of a University of South Alabama freshman who was shot to death by campus police are suing over his death.


An attorney for relatives of Gil Collar says the 18-year-old freshman never touched the officer, and the shooting never should have happened.


Attorney Jere Beasley says the family is filing suit against the school and the officer. The university had no immediate comment.


Police and witnesses say Collar was nude and acting erratically outside the campus police station before he was shot to death on Oct. 6.

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Flu Season
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

US Flu Season Starts Early, Could Be Bad, CDC Says

Health officials say the flu season is off to its earliest start in 10 years.
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Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one.


The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly.


But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far.

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PSC-Oden
4:53 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Governor Bentley Appoints Rep. Oden To Alabama PSC

Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Rep. Jeremy Oden to fill a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.
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Alabama's governor has appointed Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont to a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday Oden will resign from his north Alabama House seat before joining the state's utility regulatory board on Monday.

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House Rules Chairman
4:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

McCutcheon Named Ala. House Rules Committee Chair

Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon has been named chairman of the of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.
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Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw has been named chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.


House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn Thursday named McCutcheon to replace Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher of Gadsden as Rules Committee chairman. The Rules Committee sets the daily work agenda for the House.


Galliher resigned his House seat four months ago when Gov. Robert Bentley named him legislative director in the governor's administration.

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Shelby Drug Grant
4:09 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. County Awarded Anti-Drug Trafficking Grant

Gov. Robert bentley has awarded a $140,000 grant to Shelby County to fight drug trafficking.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.


The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.


The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.


The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.


Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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BCS Viral Video
3:55 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. Man Gets 2 Years In Jail For Nasty BCS Video

An Alabama man has recieved two years for a nasty video he made after the BCS national title game.

An Alabama man got a dressing-down and two years in prison for rubbing his genitals on an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger restaurant after the BCS national title game in January. A video of the incident went viral.


State District Judge Karen Herman told Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., that he's a bully who has permanently damaged someone else's life.


Downing declined to say anything before the judge sentenced him as part of a plea deal.

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Alabama State President
5:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Did Not Get Cooperation At ASU

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday.
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Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver said he did not receive cooperation from top university officials concerning the school's finances.


An executive committee of the board placed Silver on paid administrative leave Monday after Silver tried to fire executive vice president John Knight. Knight is a state representative from Montgomery.


Silver said in a written statement Wednesday that while reviewing the university's financial information, he had questions and no one would give him answers or provide requested documentation.

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