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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KNAU and Arizona News
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

As Annual Count Begins, Officials Expect Population Growth Among Mexican Wolves

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Arizona Game and Fish Department this month will begin its annual count of Mexican gray wolves. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency anticipates a growth in the population of the endangered animals.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

AZGFD to Manage Bighorn Sheep by Helicopter in Tonto NF Wilderness Areas

Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department may soon have the ability to land helicopters in wilderness areas within the Tonto National Forest. The aim is to manage populations of bighorn sheep. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several conservation groups say the move will violate federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Congressional Reps Want Investigation into Possible Solar Leasing Deceptions

Workers installing solar panels on a Cave Creek home.
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

A bipartisan group of Arizona Congressional representatives is calling on two federal agencies to look into rooftop solar system leasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say the industry may be using deceptive marketing techniques.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Navajo Officials Purchase Ceremonial Masks from Paris Auction House

Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim outside the Drouot auction house in Paris before the sale of the seven Navajo masks. The tribe purchased the ceremonial items for about $7,600. The entire sale of hundreds of Native American items, including Hopi masks and figurines, netted about $1.12 million.
Credit AP Photo/Francois Mori

Officials from the Navajo Nation have purchased seven sacred masks from a Paris auction house. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the masks are from the early 1900s and are used for wintertime healing ceremonies by the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Final Tribute to Veteran Flagstaff Guitarist Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds performing at the Simple Farm in Scottsdale in February 2014.
Credit Jill Richards of Jill Richards Photography

Last month, the Flagstaff music community lost one of its most skilled and influential members to cancer. Steve Reynolds, 66, was a veteran guitarist, singer and songwriter who combined elements of folk, blues, jazz and rock to create a singular style. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Reynolds’ family and friends are paying tribute by putting the finishing touches on an unreleased album he left behind.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Reps Kirkpatrick and Gosar Discuss Economy and Forest Health at Rural Roundtable

CD-4 Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and CD-1 Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick field audience questions at the rural roundtable in Flagstaff last week.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Fourth Congressional District Republican Representative Paul Gosar and Democratic First District Representative Ann Kirkpatrick last week hosted a public discussion about local rural issues. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest health and the economy topped the list of subjects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

EPA’s Proposed Waterways Rule Draws Ire of Arizona’s Senators

The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Clean Water Act to clarify which waters are protected. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both of Arizona’s U.S. senators see the agency’s move as an expansion of federal environmental regulation that could harm the state’s economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey

The howling Rocky Mountain gray wolf near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed that the animal spotted near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a gray wolf. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the first of its kind to be seen in the area in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

USDA Awards Nutrition Grant to Diné College on the Navajo Nation

Farming on the Navajo Nation
Credit Arizona Farm Bureau

Diné College on the Navajo Nation will receive a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a tribal nutrition program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project is designed to combat high rates of diabetes and other health problems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Pres. Obama’s Executive Action Riles Congressional Republicans

The wall complex on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Credit John Moore/Getty Images

Last night President Obama addressed the nation to outline his executive order overhauling U.S. immigration policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, nearly all congressional Republicans oppose the order.

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