Ryan Warner

Ryan Warner is the senior host and editor 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, Florida. 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 the executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado, a state-run land conservation agency, about the proposed sale of national forestland to pay for infrastructure and education in rural communities.
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  • Ryan Warner talks with Cindy Beach, a realtor in Cedaredge. She just completed a national training program in Evergreen that is designed to educate realtors and homebuyers about environmental issues.
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  • Ryan Warner talks to the director of The War Anthology, a collection of short pieces that examine the cost of war. The play recently made its world debut in Denver.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with ecologist Tom Stohlgren, director of the National Institute of Invasive Species Science based in Fort Collins. They discuss a web-based mapping system used to identify tamarisk, an invasive plant that grows along waterways throughout Colorado.
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  • Ryan Warner talks with Bob Risch, head of the Red Mountain Project, and Frieda Reish, granddaughter of one of the men who discovered the mine, about the future of the historical site.
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  • The former Interior secretary speaks with Ryan Warner about her tenure, energy drilling in the Rockies, and whether she’ll return to the West.
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  • Colorado is one of four states where non-partisan training sessions are offered for women interested in embarking on a political career. Ryan Warner speaks with Faith Winter, the Colorado field organizer for the White House Project and Centennial City Council member Rebecca McClellan, who graduated from the training program.
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  • Denver’s public library is the first in the country to offer this free service.Ryan Warner speaks with the library’s manager of web services Michelle Jeske.
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  • The pianist joins Ryan Warner in KCFR’s performance studio and talks about his recent move from New Orleans to Boulder.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Denver chef Frank Bonanno about his restaurants Mizuna and Luca d’Italia, and his new cookbook called Mizuna.
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  • A website based in Nederland is helping children conceived through sperm donations find their biological half-siblings, and in some cases, fathers.Ryan Warner speaks with mother and son Wendy and Ryan Kramer about their service.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Alice Billings, the late actor’s longtime personal assistant, who remembers the veteran actor and committed environmentalist.
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  • Ryan Warner talks with Adam Aron who has decided to step down after ten years as CEO of Vail Resorts.
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  • Ryan Warner talks to the author about his book, Dharma in Hell, that chronicles his experiences behind bars both as a prisoner and, later, as a teacher.
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  • A bill to improve public health by banning smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places has provoked a legislative battle.Ryan Warner speaks with the Senate sponsor of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, Denver Democrat Dan Grossman, and Zack Ford, who lobbies on behalf of taverns in Colorado.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Garry Dawdy, a member of the board of the South Platte Valley Historical Society, about their efforts to rebuild the original Fort Lupton with volunteers and donations.
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