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.
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.
A senior research analyst for Think A-Z, a nonpartisan think-tank in Phoenix, talks with Ryan Warner about Proposition 200. Shirley Gunther discusses the measure that limits public services to illegal immigrants, an issue that is also being debated in Colorado.
Ryan Warner visits The National Ice Core lab in Denver. Geologist and technical director Todd Hinckley talks about how ice, dating back hundreds of thousands of years, can tell us about climate, global warming, and greenhouse gases.
Ryan Warner and Dr. Robert Kuchta talk about the “flu chip.” Kuchta was a part of a team of scientists at the University of Colorado that developed a diagnostic test that can genetically identify a particular strain of flu in less than 11 hours.
The 6th annual Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza returns to the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 8! Host Ryan Warner will take the stage for a show resembling our Holiday Extravaganzas of yore (this time with masks and vaccinations). For performers and ticket information, click here.
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