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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Business
10:22 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Migrating Grocery Stores Leave Food Deserts In Central Waco

This map outlines food deserts in Waco and the neighborhoods that these food deserts contain.
McLennan County Food Desert Project, Baylor University

Central Waco doesn’t have many grocery stores. Over the past year, three major grocery stores have shut their doors in Waco. It’s part of a trend of grocery stores moving out of neighborhoods and into larger facilities where they can access more customers.


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Transportation
4:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Wacoans Sound Off On Transportation Priorities

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With Congress moving a step closer passing a bill that funds transportation projects across the country, the Texas Department of Transportation was in Waco to get public comment on projects. McLennan County is expected to have about 50,000 more people living in the area in 25 years. But TxDOT says it doesn’t have enough money to keep up with population growth.


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Texas News
1:27 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lawmakers Search For Fixes To Highway Funding

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The Texas legislature is mulling the first increase to the fuel tax since 1992. The discussion comes at the same time that some lawmakers in Congress are pushing for an increase to the federal fuel tax, which hasn’t been adjusted since 1993.


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Water
6:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legislators Consider Desalination In Water Package

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Yesterday afternoon the Texas Water Development Board released a draft of the rules for how major water projects across the state are going to be funded. Some of those projects include desalination, which is often considered too expensive to try.


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Guns
5:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

West ISD Considers Concealed Carry On Campus

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Tonight the West ISD school board is discussing whether to let employees carry concealed handguns in school. Since last year’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, many of the district’s classrooms have been moved into portables. That has some school officials worried about safety. 


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