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.


Lake Waco
5:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Zebra Mussels Invade Lake Waco

A cluster of zebra mussels.

Zebra mussels have been found in Lake Waco. The invasive shellfish are worrisome because they can clog pipes to the water system and power plants. 

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5:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Baylor Crew's 'Head of the Brazos' Regatta Returns

This Saturday the river downtown will stir with boats competing in the Head of the Brazos Regatta. The tournament is hosted by Baylor’s crew team and will stretch from Cameron Park to the Ferrell Center. It’s the first time the competition has happened in nearly ten years.

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3:40 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Riverfront Development's Possible Derailment Wouldn't Be Waco's First

The proposed land for the redevelopment extends from Baylor's Clifton-Robinson tower to Franklin Avenue.

Plans to build a complex of apartments, shops and entertainment venues on the riverfront downtown have been temporarily derailed. It’s the latest development in Waco’s decades-long attempt to revitalize the riverfront between I-35 and the train tracks downtown. 

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5:02 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

North Texas Earthquakes Continue, But Too Small To Feel


In January a series of earthquakes rocked the small North Texas towns of Azle and Reno. Many blamed the events on high-pressure injection wells used to dispose fluids from ‘fracking.’ Researchers are still studying what caused the earthquakes, but the state’s oil and gas regulator is seeking greater authority to suspend injections.

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6:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During McGregor Test Flight

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

A SpaceX rocket exploded over the spaceflight company’s McGregor, Texas test site.

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