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 and daughter hiking and cycling the amazing terrain of northern Arizona.

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Flagstaff officials and many residents remain on edge about possible flooding from the Museum Fire. But it’s the city’s homeless population that is uniquely vulnerable. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, social service organizations are gearing up to help. 

Harun Mehmedinović

HBO’s latest documentary, “Ice on Fire,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the global threat of climate change, but also presents several cutting-edge options for halting and even reversing it. The coproducer and cinematographer on the project is Bosnian-born Harun Mehmedinović a professor at Northern Arizona University. He’s has built a career on chronicling the natural world. Mehmedinović spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about the film and the imminent threat of climate change.

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Coconino County emergency managers are anticipating heavy flooding in some parts of Flagstaff following the Museum Fire. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, much of the watershed in east Flagstaff burned significantly, which makes it susceptible to flooding during the monsoon.

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Coconino County flood control managers have been working around the clock in recent days to mitigate flooding from the Museum Fire. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’re drawing on experience from 2010’s Schultz Fire.

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As the Museum Fire continues to burn on nearly 2,000 acres in Flagstaff, officials are closely monitoring smoke impacts to local communities. With a drying trend in the forecast for the weekend those effects could intensify.