Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom staff in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy and public lands issues. Ryan also regularly interviews both internationally known and regional musicians, and is a frequent contributor to NPR News and National Native News.

Before making the leap to public radio, Ryan spent more than a decade in print media as the editor of an alternative weekly paper. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in political science and journalism and has also returned to teach at his alma mater. 

Ryan is a Flagstaff-based musician and has performed and recorded with many bands in the Southwest. He spends as much time as possible with his wife and daughter hiking and cycling the amazing terrain of northern Arizona.

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Matt Pace/Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest crews are working to manage a lightning-caused wildfire near Clints Well that started last week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they were forced to halt aerial firefighting operations after spotting a drone flying in a restricted area. 


Coconino National Forest

Crews on the Coconino National Forest have contained about half of the 8,600-acre Maroon Fire northeast of Flagstaff. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, firefighters have had to carefully work around a World War II artillery range where unexploded munitions could be buried.


Natural Resources Committee

The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday held a hearing on a federal bill that would ban uranium mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Navajo Nation

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. William Tully Brown passed away Monday at the age of 96, leaving only five living Navajo Code Talkers. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Mark Charles

A member of the Navajo Nation has announced he’s running for U.S. president joining more than two dozen other candidates. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s one of the few times a Native American has sought the country’s highest office.


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