Rye Druzin
Rye Druzin
Reporter, photographer

Stories

Below are samples of Rye Druzin's work.

Texas Gulf Coast community gears up to fight crude oil export terminal

A Texas port wants to build a crude oil export terminal 2 miles from the Gulf Coast and 1,000 feet from a tourist town that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

 PHOTO: Billy Calzada/San Antonio Express-News  Looking across the channel from Port Aransas to Harbor Island, which may the the site of a proposed crude oil export terminal that would load the largest tankers in the world.

PHOTO: Billy Calzada/San Antonio Express-News

Looking across the channel from Port Aransas to Harbor Island, which may the the site of a proposed crude oil export terminal that would load the largest tankers in the world.

San Antonio joins other Texas cities with stand-alone bouldering gym

Long after other Texas cities built multiple standalone rock climbing gyms San Antonio get's its own as the sport's popularity skyrockets across the U.S. and world.

 PHOTO: Ronald Cortes/For the San Antonio Express-News  A mural of the Virgin Mary is painted on a training wall at Armadillo Boulders, a new bouldering gym in San Antonio and the first standalone gym of its kind in the city. 

PHOTO: Ronald Cortes/For the San Antonio Express-News

A mural of the Virgin Mary is painted on a training wall at Armadillo Boulders, a new bouldering gym in San Antonio and the first standalone gym of its kind in the city. 

While offshore wind gets developed in Northeast U.S., Texas will likely stay onshore

While offshore wind starts to find its footing in the East Coast the CEO of one of the world's largest power companies says its unlikely Texas will see offshore wind soon.

 PHOTO: John Davenport/Sam Antonio Express-News  Wind projects along Texas' Gulf Coast have been growing in scope, though the majority of wind continues to be built inland out in West Texas.

PHOTO: John Davenport/Sam Antonio Express-News

Wind projects along Texas' Gulf Coast have been growing in scope, though the majority of wind continues to be built inland out in West Texas.

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Rye Druzin

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Rye Druzin is a reporter and photographer currently based in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from California and has been reporting since May 2013. From October 2013 to January 2014 he reported in Israel on human rights issues in the region and in country, specifically the plight facing African asylum seekers who fled North African countries to Israel, only to find themselves denied opportunities to apply for asylum.

In August 2014 he moved to Midland, Texas, a legacy oil town in West Texas on the brink of embracing the shale oil and gas revolution. Just three months later the bottom fell out of the oil industry, and Rye spent the next two years writing about the oil downturn in West and South Texas, which was described as the worst since the 1980s. He reported on how oil and gas companies saw their business dry up and the ripple effects throughout the economy, which extended to small business owners, school districts, and local governments.

Since the end of 2016 he has continued to focus on the oil and gas industry in Texas and its halting rebound, infrastructure constraints and efforts to export more Texas crude oil abroad. He has also covered the utility power industry and its struggle to integrate increased amounts of renewable energy sources and how the utility industry is struggling to balance growing demand with what's next for power generation.

As a reporter and photographer his work has been published in the San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Victoria Advocate.

Rye is an international affairs graduate from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California. In his free time he organizes camping trips with friends, bikes and rock climbs.

He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.