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.


6:08 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Law Keeps Some Students Out Of Court, But Questions Remain


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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Animal Shelter
10:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Animal Shelter Seeks $2 Million Renovation

City of Waco

The City of Waco is proposing to make $2 million in improvements to the animal shelter. The move is part of the city’s plan to become ‘no kill’ as soon as possible.

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Higher Education
7:08 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

TSTC's Funding Change And The Demand For Technical Workers

Ryland Barton

Students who enroll in the Texas State Technical College system range from recent high school grads to older folks who’ve been out of school for years. But all of the students are trying to learn skill sets to improve their career opportunities, and usually, make more money. Last year the Texas Legislature changed the way TSTC is funded—no longer would the school be funded based on how many students were at the school or how long they stayed—but rather, the school would be rewarded for how much alumni wages are above the minimum wage.

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Local News
10:04 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Become A Member During KWBU's Fall Membership Event October 2-10!

Fall is here and it's time to renew your membership or make your first pledge to KWBU.

Join us in celebrating public radio in the Heart of Texas, become a member!

Call us now at 254-710-1033.

Or donate online here!

Email Loretta@kwbu.org to enter into the drawing for an iPad Mini! Don't forget to provide your name, email and phone number.

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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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