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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The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution designating Glioblastoma Awareness Day this summer. It honors the late Arizona Senator John McCain who died from the aggressive form of brain cancer in 2018. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Coconino National Forest

Fire restrictions will go into effect later this week on forests throughout northern Arizona. It comes as the region grapples with record drought amid its driest and warmest months of the year. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Governor Doug Ducey Tuesday signed a bill into law that would remove inactive voters from the popular statewide list to receive mail-in ballots. Tribal leaders, however, are concerned the measure will disenfranchise voters in Indian Country. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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President Joe Biden has declared today Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Native Americans have long experienced disproportionately high levels of violence along with roadblocks to solving many of the crimes.


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Navajo Nation leaders are urging Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a bill that would shorten the time allowed to add missing signatures on early ballots. The tribe says if it’s signed into law Indian Country voters would be disproportionately impacted. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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