Ryan Warner

Ryan Warner is the senior host of Colorado Public Radio’s daily interview program “Colorado Matters.” He regularly reports on the most important issues facing Colorado – from the state capitol, which includes a monthly interview with the Governor of Colorado – to topics concerning health, education, business, energy and the environment and arts and culture.

Education:
Bachelor’s degrees in political science and French, University of Missouri-Columbia; Master’s degree in broadcast journalism, Boston University.

Professional background:
Ryan came to CPR from WGCU in Fort Myers, Fla. He was the founding host of that station’s daily call-in talk show, Gulf Coast Live. Ryan served as assistant news director and local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and filed stories for NPR during Hurricane Charley in 2004. Ryan previously hosted “Morning Edition” on WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and co-created a weekend news magazine there. Prior to that, he served as news director of KOPN Community Radio in Columbia, Missouri. For two years, Ryan left public radio to report and anchor weekend news at KTIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa.

Awards:
Ryan has won numerous awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated for his interviews. He’s also been honored by The Associated Press. The editors of 5280 Magazine voted Ryan Top Radio Talk Show Host of 2009.

Q & A

Why I became a journalist:

My mother was in public relations when I was growing up. She often brought me along on errands — dropping off press materials to this or that TV or radio station or newspaper. I was only in those newsrooms briefly, but I knew it’s where I eventually wanted to spend my career. My love of learning and of great conversation made the perfect pair.

Why I got into radio:
I found that, in television, how you looked (and whether your tie was straight) was as important as – or more than — what you said. I wanted to work in a medium where the content (the story, the language, the guest) was the primary focus. And that’s public radio.

How I ended up at CPR:
After two hurricane seasons in Florida, I was ready for higher ground. 5280 seemed about right. I grew up in California and went skiing in Colorado with my parents every year. The west was calling. So, I saw the job opening at Colorado Matters and thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • Ryan Warner speaks with Mayor Bud Elliott who came up with the idea as a way to help mining towns communicate with each other about how they’ve weathered the booms and busts of the mining industry.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with the sponsor of the bill State Representative Paul Wiessmann, a Democrat from Louisville. The law will allow patients to compare the quality of care at various hospitals.
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  • In the first of a series of conversations with the Republican from Arvada, Ryan Warner talks to the Congressman about his life experiences. In coming weeks, discussion topics will include education, immigration, other social issues, energy, and the state budget.
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  • In the first of a series of conversations with the Democrat from Denver, Ryan Warner talks to the former District Attorney about his life experiences.In coming weeks, discussion topics will include education, immigration, other social issues, energy, and the state budget.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Kristin Waters, principal of Denver’s Bruce Randolph Middle School, about the latest CSAP scores for the school. About seventy percent of the students rank “unsatisfactory” in both seventh and eighth grade.
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  • The state’s E85 Coalition – made up of ethanol producers, gas station owners, and environmentalists – is trying to promote fuel that’s 85 percent corn-based ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The coalition wants to help build 30 to 40 more E85 pumps in Colorado. Ryan Warner speaks with the coalition’s president, Gerry Harrow.
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  • State agencies are scrambling to implement a new law that is meant to keep illegal immigrants from accessing state services ranging from Medicaid to heating assistance. Ryan Warner talks with Rocky Mountain News reporter Myung Kim who is tracking state agencies as the new law goes into effect.
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  • A recent archaeological dig is shedding light on how native people lived a thousand years ago. Ryan Warner talks with archaeologist Steve Kalasz, who led the dig for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
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  • Ryan Warner talks to Lisa Duran, executive director of Denver-based Rights for All People, an immigrant advocacy group; Fernando Sergio, radio talk-show host on Spanish language station KBNO in Denver; and the Reverend Stanley Perea, executive director of Denver-based HIS Ministries, which helps schools address the needs of immigrant students.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers about an immigration measure where voters will decide whether he should sue the U.S. government to enforce Federal immigration laws. Lawmakers have also directed Suthers get back Colorado money spent on illegal immigrants for healthcare, incarceration, and education.
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  • Voters in 16 Colorado counties will see their traditional polling places disappear in the upcoming primary and general elections. Ryan Warner speaks with Secretary of State Gigi Dennis about new “Vote Centers,” where registered voters from Mesa to Denverwill be able to cast ballots regardless of where they live in their county.
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  • The most recent CSAP scores are out, and the results show some surprising gains statewide. Jo O’Brien, assistant commissioner for learning and results, talks to Ryan Warner about the findings.
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  • A centerpiece of the recent special immigration session requires Colorado businesses to prove they are hiring legal workers. Ryan Warner discusses the legislation with laws sponsor and state representative Judy Solano, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association Tony Milo, and Lee Driscoll, CEO of Wynkoop Holdings, which operates eight Denver restaurants.
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  • A new law requires businesses to prove their workers are legal. Ryan Warner speaks with employment lawyer Chuck Passaglia, whose company, Employment Law Solutions, consults with businesses on human resource questions.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with attorneys Scott Barker and Anna Cayton-Holland, members of the “Guantanamo Bay Bar Association,” a group of attorneys throughout the country donating their time to represent detainees.
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  • Ryan Warner talks with Rich Stana, director of Homeland Security and Justice for the Government Accountability Office, about the Systemic Alien Verification of Entitlement program. If approved, the system would verify immigration status when people apply for public benefits.
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