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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Coco Berthmann

Coco Berthmann escaped a life of sex trafficking in Germany after 15 years of trauma. She’ll share her experience during an event at Northern Arizona University Sat, May 4 to raise awareness about sex trafficking and how it's more common than many might imagine. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius had a chance to speak with her before the event. And a warning: this conversation contains graphic descriptions of abuse and may not be suitable for some listeners.


U.S. EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Navajo Nation nearly 90,000 dollars to study air quality in the town of Cove. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, many in the area worry that radioactive dust from nearby abandoned uranium mines is threatening the community.


Ryan Heinsius

A lot more plastic is ending up in U.S. landfills after China stopped importing many kinds of recyclables last year. The City of Flagstaff, for instance, now only accepts limited types of plastic, and has undergone a campaign to educate the public about what’s recyclable and what’s not. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius visited Norton Environmental Materials Recovery Facility and spoke with Office Manager Carrie Tupper about people’s use of plastic since the changes.


APS

The coal-burning Cholla Power Plant near Holbrook is slated to close in 2025. One of the owners, Arizona Public Service Company, is considering converting one of its three units it into a biomass facility. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


USDA-APHIS

An outbreak of a deadly chicken virus in California is now in Arizona. Agriculture officials have confirmed the first case in Coconino County of virulent Newcastle disease. It’s an upper respiratory-GI illness that can affect both commercial and backyard chickens. So far it’s the only known case in the state, but there still is reason for concern. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Arizona State Veterinarian Dr. Peter Mundschenk who’s heading up the investigation.


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