Ryan WarnerRyan Warner
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.

  • According to a new report, more than half of people in metro Denver are overweight.Ryan Warner speaks with Tom Clark, of The Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission, about how to reverse the trend.
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  • In western Colorado, there are some problems with the early peach crop.Ryan Warner speaks with Bruce Talbot, owner of Talbot Farms in Palisade.
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  • ColoradoConfidential.com, a year-old “experiment” to train bloggers in journalism, is winning news awards with stories that blend opinion and journalism.Ryan Warner spoke with the site’s managing editor, Wendy Norris.
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  • This summer brought two high profile cases of TB to Denver.We’ll look at TB trends domestically and abroad.Ryan Warner speaks with Dr. Michael Iseman, senior staff Physician at National Jewish Medical Center and former director of its TB program.
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  • It appears the nine counties in metro Denver are in violation of federal standards for ground-level ozone.To get ozone under control, the region may have to take some drastic steps– especially because the feds are considering even stricter limits.Ryan Warner speaks with Callie Videtich, director of the Air and Radiation program for EPA’s Region Eight.Then

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  • Ryan Warner talks solar trends with John Thornton.He recently retired after almost three decades as an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden.
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  • Methamphetamine use is rampant in Colorado and there are all kinds of people trying to do something about it – the police, courts, social service workers.But,statewide task force says if these folks would coordinate their efforts, they’d make a bigger dent in the problem.
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  • Scientists have been paying close attention to giant ice sheets at the poles because, as they melt, ocean levels rise.But, a study by CU scientists finds that, right now, rising sea levels have more to do with glaciers and ice caps.Ryan Warner speaks with Mark Meier, professor emeritus of geological sciences.The study appears in Science

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  • Motorcyclists in Denver—with overly loud bikes—could be out 500 dollars. A new city ordinance includes fines for bikers whose motorcycles don’t comply with federal standards.Ryan Warner speaks with Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia and Jim Ware of Pro Promotions in Monument, which organizes motorcycle events.
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  • Denver is stepping up care for homeless veterans. This includes job placement and drug treatment, if necessary. Ryan Warner speaks with Veteran Service Officer George Cassidy and Mark Wright, Director of Denver C.A.R.E.S., the city’s detox unit.
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  • School districts in Colorado used to be able to choose whether to have a program for gifted and talented students. Now, it’s mandatory.Ryan Warner speaks with Dana Selzer, who heads up the gifted and talented program for the Greeley-Evans School District.
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  • A study—commissioned by the state legislature—finds oil and gas drilling contribute nearly 23 billion dollars to Colorado’s economy.Critics say it’s not the full picture.Ryan Warner speaks with lead analyst Lisa McDonald and economist Pete Morton, of The Wilderness Society. Read the study.
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  • What lessons can other convention host cities to impart to Denver? Ryan Warner speaks with Luke Burbank, who covered the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City for public radio station WNYC and Monica Brady-Myerov, who covered that year’s Democratic Convention for WBUR in Boston.
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  • Today: the first in a two-part series on racial disparities in healthcare.Ryan Warner speaks with Dr. Angela Sauaia.She’s in charge of a program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine that teaches doctors to keep cultural issues in mind when they practice.
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  • In the second part of our series, Ryan Warner speaks with Grant Jones, executive director of The Center for African American Health in Denver; and with Susan Yellowhorse, clinical supervisor at the Denver Indian Family Resource Center.
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  • Today we begin a three-part series on the federal farm bill and what it means for Coloradans.We’ll get a report on the congressional debate.Then, to learn more about what’s at stake for Colorado farmers, Ryan Warner speaks with Alan Foutz, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau and Lee Swenson Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain

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