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.

  • Standing at the heart of where the 2002 Hayman raged, Ryan Warner speaks with Jonathan Bruno, executive director of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.The group is helping coordinate restoration efforts. View story images.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Boulder filmmaker Chuck Davis.His new documentary, Transforming Energy, profiles people committed to fighting global warming and ushering in a new energy regime.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with former congressman David Skaggs.He’s the governor’s pick to lead the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.It’s part of our series of interviews with the new cabinet members.
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  • More farmers in the state are turning to H2A guest workers rather than relying on traditional migrant labor.But, they say the program falls short.And they’re hoping for help from Congress.Ryan Warner speaks with Troy Bredenkamp, executive vice-president of the Colorado Farm Bureau and farmer Bruce Talbot, of Palisade.
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  • A new computer system will track prescription drug abuse and so called “doctor shopping.”Ryan Warner speaks with Rico Munn, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
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  • In the recent session, lawmakers toughened oversight of online schools.Ryan Warner speaks with Alan Gottlieb, who writes about the issue in HeadFirst Magazine.Read his articles at www.headfirstcolorado.org.
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  • Colorado is an ideal place to store millions of tons of carbon underground.That’s according to a new study.Ryan Warner speaks with lead author Genevieve Young, a petroleum geologist at the Colorado Geological Survey.
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  • In the recent session, there were several pieces of legislation dealing with the bark beetle epidemic.Ryan Warner speaks with State Representative Dan Gibbs, a Silverthorne Democrat, about efforts to help the hardest hit communities… especially because all those dead trees pose a huge wildfire risk.
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  • The runoff for Aspen mayor takes place next Tuesday.Ryan Warner speaks with Aspen Public Radio’s Ben Bergman about the two candidates.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with Alan Cass, curator of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Glenn Miller Archive.The archive recently received a huge private collection, which includes recordings, photographs, and other memorabilia related to the great bandleader.
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  • This catholic school, in northwest Denver, reaches out to low-income and minority students.Every member of its first senior class has been accepted to college.Ryan Warner speaks with Arrupe’s president Father Stephen Planning and graduating senior Alejandra Luna.
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  • Ryan Warner speaks with RTD general manager Cal Marsella about FasTracks.The project is 1.5 billion dollars over budget.
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  • More and more people are paying to offset the carbon they generate.But, there’s debate over whether offsetting is a solution or a scam.Ryan Warner speaks with Ben Bressler, who operates Natural Habitat Adventures, an eco-travel company in Boulder and with Kevin Smith of Carbon Trade Watch, a think tank.
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  • Ryan Warner talks with Peter Weir, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.The Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission will look at ways of slowing growth in the prison population.
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  • It’s estimated a million Americans will travel abroad this year for medical care. Ryan Warner speaks with Barbara Lindt, of Fruita, who flew with her husband, Joe, to India so he could have heart surgery.
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  • Thousands of Coloradans with developmental disabilities are on a waiting list for state assistance.A new committee will look at ways of shortening that list.Ryan Warner speaks with Carol Meredith, Executive Director of the Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties and with State Representative Michael Garcia.
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