Bachelor's degrees in political science and French, University of Missouri-Columbia; Master's degree in broadcast journalism, Boston University.
Ryan is host of Colorado Public Radio's daily interview program "Colorado Matters." He has covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention, numerous elections, the state legislature, congress, the environment, immigration, arts, history and literature.
Ryan came to CPR from WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida. 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.