Ryan Warner

Colorado Matters Senior Host

@CPRWarner[email protected]

Ryan Warner is senior host of Colorado Matters, the flagship daily interview program from CPR News. His voice is heard on frequencies around the state as he talks with Coloradans from all walks of life — politicians, scientists, artists, activists and others. Ryan's interviews with Colorado's governor now span four administrations. During his tenure, Colorado Matters has consistently been recognized as the best major market public radio talk show in the country. He speaks French, geeks out on commercial aviation, adores and tolerates his tuxedo cat Bob, and owns too many shoes.

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.

Bachelor's degrees in political science and French, University of Missouri-Columbia; Master's degree in broadcast journalism, Boston University.

Ryan has won numerous awards from Public Media Journalists Association for his interviews. He's also been honored by The Associated Press. Westword named Ryan the Best Talk-Radio Host for 2021, and the editors of 5280 Magazine voted him Top Radio Talk Show Host of 2009.

Oil & Gas Economic Impact Study

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 […]

Farm Bill Part 2 – Organics

Our series on the federal farm bill continues with a look at what it means for organic growers.Ryan Warner speaks with Steve Ela of Ela Family Farms near Hotchkiss.His family […]

Farm Bill Part 3 Food Stamps

We wrap up our series on the federal farm bill today.The legislation governs the food stamp benefits.Ryan Warner speaks with Nicholas Saccaro, President and CEO of the Care and Share […]

Hickenlooper on Greenprint Denver

Ryan Warner speaks with Denver mayor John Hickenlooper about recommendations from his Greenprint Denver Advisory Council.The group is recommending ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Some could wind up costing residents […]

New Play: Letters to Home

The play is based on wartime letters—from the civil war to the first gulf war.Ryan Warner speaks with director Maggie Cochran and Keith Schrum, curator of books and manuscripts at […]

Festivals and Conferences Go Green

More and more, organizers of large events are considering their eco-footprint.Ryan Warner speaks with Steve Szymanski who helps run The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which composts its waste and offsets carbon […]

Glendale Builds Rugby Stadium

Glendale-that city surrounded entirely by Denver—is building a rugby stadium. Rugby is the city’s official sport.Why?Ryan Warner speaks with mayor pro-tem Mike Dunafon.