Ryland Barton

Kentucky Public Radio State Capitol Reporter

Ryland is the state capitol reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. Always looking to put a face to big issues, Ryland's reporting has taken him to drought-weary towns in West Texas and relocated communities in rural China. He's covered breaking news like the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood Army Base and the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. 

Ryland has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.


Gov. Andy Beshear has amended one of his coronavirus restrictions, allowing bars and restaurants to stay open until midnight instead of 11 p.m., effective immediately.

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The city of Louisville will pay millions of dollars to the family of Breonna Taylor and adopt several policing reforms in settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit, the city is expected to announce at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has endorsed Amy McGrath in her race against Mitch McConnell during Kentucky’s race for U.S. Senate this year.

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  Republican state lawmakers again cast doubt on Kentucky’s coronavirus statistics during a legislative hearing on Thursday, arguing that the state inaccurately reports COVID-related deaths by including people who have conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.

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  President Donald Trump has announced 20 people he’d consider to be on the U.S Supreme Court if he has to fill another vacancy, and among them is first-term Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

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State Rep. Charles Booker spoke at the March on Washington, D.C. on Friday, calling for demonstrators to continue demanding racial justice and accountability for police.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the Republican National Convention on Thursday, urging voters to reelect Republicans to the Senate and send President Donald Trump back to the White House.

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Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a campaign stop in Frankfort on Thursday, where she criticized incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell for not passing a coronavirus relief bill before the Senate adjourned for most of August.

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  Coronavirus continues to be deadly in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities like nursing homes, and is especially dangerous for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, lawmakers were told Wednesday.


  Three Kentuckians spoke during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday including Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who praised President Donald Trump and criticized protests that have erupted around the country in recent months.

Cameron is the first Black person elected to statewide office in Kentucky on his own ticket, and is currently investigating the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman and emergency room technician killed by Louisville police in March.

During his speech, Cameron criticized “the politics of identity, cancellation and mob rule.”