Ryland Barton

News Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Ryland Barton is a radio reporter and All Things Considered host at KWBU. He came to Waco from Austin where he worked as a reporter, producer and host for the local NPR affiliate, KUT. His reporting has taken him from the Texas capitol to small towns and cities around the world, covering state and local politics, water shortages, forced relocations in rural China and the rise of luxury cars as status symbols in Beijing. Ryland has a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys writing songs, playing ultimate frisbee and driving to new places.

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Waco Weekly
11:28 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Waco Weekly: Bobwhite Revival, Student Court, And Technology At McLane Stadium

In this week’s Waco Weekly we talk about what it’s like to be tried by a student court at University High, McLane Stadium’s high tech digs, and how conservationists are trying to bring back bobwhite quail through prairie restoration.


Conservation
12:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bringing The Bobwhite Quail Back To Texas

Tom Harvey, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Quail hunting season opens this weekend. And there’s new hope that the bobwhite quail is making a rebound. The population has dropped off by about 75 percent over the last 40 years—partly because their grassy habitats have been depleted by development and cattle grazing. Conservationists are trying to get more landowners to restore native prairies on their property.


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Education
5:11 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Lawmakers Look At Revising Truancy System

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Since 2001, Texas students who fail to attend school have been tried in criminal courts. Some advocates are trying to keep truant students and their parents out of court.

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Ebola
12:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Perry Calls For Ebola Travel Ban; McLennan County Says Stay Calm

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Today Texas Governor Rick Perry called for air travel to be banned from countries hit hard by the Ebola virus. In a press conference, Perry urged President Obama to make a travel ban between West African countries and the U.S., and also suggested that more needs to be done to limit travel within the U.S.


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Education
6:08 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Law Keeps Some Students Out Of Court, But Questions Remain

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Starting last year, students ages 10 to 17 to couldn’t be issued Class C misdemeanors in Texas public schools. It’s kept kids out of the court system, but critics say it’s also taken disciplinary tools out of the hands of school administrators.


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