Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a trip to the Grand Canyon as a kid, he became entranced with the Southwest and the Colorado Plateau, and has now lived in Flagstaff for more than a decade-and-a-half.

Before joining the KNAU newsroom as local content manger, Ryan served as the editor for the local weekly paper, Flagstaff Live, for nearly 10 years. It helped Ryan develop strong ties to ­– and a deep love for –Flagstaff and northern Arizona.

As a longtime local musician Ryan has performed, recorded and hit the road with several bands over the years. He can currently be seen playing regular gigs with the Voluntary String Band around Flagstaff and many other Southwestern live-music locales.

Ryan also spends his spare attempting to keep up with his wife while mountain biking, and showing their baby daughter the amazing peaks, forests, canyons, and culture of northern Arizona.

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State Capitol News
7:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Blocking Plastic Bags Bans By Cities

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Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that prevents towns and cities from banning single-use plastic shopping bags. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, supports say such bans are costly to businesses, but opponents say they’re more costly to the environment.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges State Minimum Wage Law

Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova and attorney Mik Jordahl represent the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. The group filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to allow cities to determine local minimum wages.
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A group advocating for higher minimum wages in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit seeks to overturn a law it says unconstitutionally takes power away from the local level.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Delayed Birth Certificate Bill into Law

While Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler greets Lola Bennett in her crowded Tuba City office, Matilda Perdue (in the office behind) meets with clients to help them navigate through the complicated process of applying for delayed birth certificates.
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Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill that streamlines the process for Native Americans to obtain delayed birth certificates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill will open eligibility for a wide range of benefits to many more people.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Kaibab National Forest Upgrades Fire Danger to Moderate

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Officials have raised the fire danger to moderate across much of the Kaibab National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, windy, dry conditions have crews on high alert.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon Ranked as Most Endangered River in the U.S.

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon. It's the the site of a proposed large commercial development that would include a gondola capable of ferrying thousands of people per day below the rim to the river.
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A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.

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State Capitol News
11:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Adjourn After Passing Driver’s License and Bag-Ban Bills

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would prohibit towns and cities from banning plastic shopping bags and other disposable containers. It would also bar local governments from requiring business owners to measure and report energy use.
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The Arizona legislature has wrapped up its 2015 session, making it the shortest in nearly 50 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, lawmakers passed several bills in the final hours that will head to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Dry, Warm Conditions Set the Stage for 2015 Fire Season

The Schultz Fire broke out north of Flagstaff on the Coconino National Forest in June 2010.
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With warming spring temperatures and dry conditions, wildfire danger in northern Arizona is increasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest managers are gearing up for what could be an active year for firefighters.

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State Capitol News
12:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arizona House to Consider Making State Licenses Federally Compliant

The Arizona House is attempting to update the state’s driver’s license standards to be in compliance with federal law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, without the changes license-holders could be kept from boarding airplanes and entering federal facilities as soon as next year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Coconino NF Timber Sale and Thinning Project to Begin Next Month

Priest Draw on the Coconino National Forest is a popular rock climbing and outdoor recreation spot east of Mountainaire.
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Next month, a logging project will resume on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s is designed to decrease fire danger in an area adjacent to neighborhoods outside the city.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:19 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Flagstaff Average Hourly Wages Lowest in the U.S.

The San Francisco Peaks viewed from Northern Arizona University's Mountain Campus in Flagstaff. NAU is one of the region's largest employers and a primary economic driver.
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A recent study ranked Flagstaff as having the lowest private-sector wages in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a low-paying tourism economy and costly real estate contribute to the ranking. 

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