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.

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.

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 CU Boulder Classics professor and author E. Christian Kopff.Kopff is the founding director of the Center for Western Civilization that aims to bring students a more traditional curriculum.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Nevada Republican Representative Jim Gibbons.He is the co-sponsor of legislation being considered by Congress that would reform federal mining law.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Andrew Field about his book Mainliner Denver, which chronicles the 1955 bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 that took off from Denver’s Stapleton Airfield.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Dr. Francois Lacour-Gayet, chair of pediatric cardiac surgery at Denver’s Children’s Hospital, about the Aristotle complexity score, a tool used to measure a surgeon’s success.
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  • Ryan Warner talks to Dennis Brachfeld, founder of All About Saving Heat and Windows in Denver, about how saving energy in our homes impacts the overall energy and environmental picture.
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  • Visit CU’s Aardvark Museum