Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and 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, daughter and dogs hiking and cycling the amazing terrain of northern Arizona.

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Prescott Police Department

Last week, animal control officers rescued more than 60 dogs from a home in Prescott after receiving complaints about noise and odor. Law enforcement officials say, to their knowledge, it’s the largest animal hoarding situation ever encountered in the city. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP

A record number of captive-born endangered Mexican gray wolf pups have been placed in wild dens this year. It’s a process known as cross-fostering and is designed to increase genetic diversity in the struggling species. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Screenshot/Matt McGrath, Twitter

More than two weeks ago firefighters extinguished a small wildfire on the San Francisco Peaks that started when a tree fell on a power line. It was the second such fire in the last year involving the line. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

For anyone who’s spent time in the woods of northern Arizona lately, it’s pretty obvious how extreme the fire danger is right now. Vegetation is dry, stock tanks are low, and in some areas large-scale tree die-offs are a vivid reminder of the drought that’s plaguing the Southwest. In the midst of the region’s driest months of the year, many residents are growing nervous and officials are on high alert. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius recently met up with True Brown, fire management officer with the Coconino National Forest, to check out the conditions firsthand.


Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

A wildfire near the small mining town of Bagdad in Yavapai County has burned more than a dozen homes. It comes amid extended drought and high fire danger throughout the Southwest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

 

 

   

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