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.

May 15, 2024: Gov. Polis on new housing options, transit, and property taxes

In a warehouse in north Denver, students of all ages are learning the construction trades. The Build Strong Academy served as something of a backdrop to a bill signing– legislation that lets folks up and down the Front Range build ADUs – Accessory Dwelling Units – on their property. It’s also where Ryan Warner met Governor Jared Polis for their regular interview to talk about everything from housing to transit to taxes.

May 10, 2024: Blood medics poised to save lives; A merger worthy of a museum

In Colorado Springs, they’re equipping first responders with whole blood that can be transfused on the scene of an accident, an attack, or a medical emergency. Then, what a merger means for the Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum. Plus, charging EVs across Colorado. Later, division over a proposed national monument on the Western Slope. Later, how do birds survive hail storms? And using goats to keep brush at bay.

May 8, 2024: What’s next as legal cannabis marks 10 years; The call of a ‘stravage’

Legal recreational cannabis sold in Colorado for the first time ten years ago. Now, marijuana is on the verge of another turning point. We’ll take stock and look ahead with two guests who watched the industry — and regulation– grow up in Colorado. Then, the giant Pikeview quarry is a scar, and an opportunity. Also, you don’t have to be a graduate to benefit from a commencement speech, this time at Ft. Lewis College. And a life-changing stroll for Dr. Royce Fitts.
Public transit supporters carrying signs supporting air pollution bill that funds for RTD.

May 3, 2024: Student journalist on campus protests; A new plan to fund public transit

As antiwar protests continue on college campuses, we get perspective from a student journalist. Then, Colorado’s bishop for the United Methodist Church talks about the decision to allow gay clergy. Also, the state appears ready to expand public transit funding, but there are strings attached for RTD. Plus, rethinking offices as housing, healing through music, and jazzing up graduation.