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
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.
Credit Mare Czinar/The Republic

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.
Credit NAU

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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KNAU and Arizona News
1:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs $9.1 Billion Budget

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a $9.1 billion budget that includes nearly $100 million in cuts to Arizona's universities.
Credit KTAR

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed off on a $9.1 billion dollar budget that includes deep reductions in state spending. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, higher education in the state will bear the brunt of the cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Flagstaff City Council Votes to Oppose Grand Canyon Development

Sunset at Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Flagstaff City Council has passed a resolution opposing a U.S. Forest Service easement that would allow a large development project near the Grand Canyon to proceed. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the council’s move is in reaction to the development’s potential economic effects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:45 am
Wed March 11, 2015

AZ Senators Oppose Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument Proposal

Republican Senators John McCai (pictured) and Jeff Flake have written a letter to Pres. Obama opposing possible executive action that could designate nearly 2 million acres as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
Credit AP

Both of Arizona’s U.S. senators sent a letter yesterday to President Obama opposing the possible designation of the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they say such an action would represent a large federal overreach. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:19 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Flagstaff Rep. Thorpe: State Budget Cuts Necessary to Boost Economy

Flagstaff Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe is the chairman of the House Government and Higher Education Committee. He and other lawmakers recently passed a budget that reduces state government spending by nearly 2-and-a-half percent, and includes almost $100 million in cuts to higher education.
Credit Courtesy

Last weekend, the Arizona state legislature passed a $9.1 billion budget, which includes significant cuts to some state services including higher education. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with Flagstaff Republican Representative Bob Thorpe, chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committee, about the cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NAU to Lose $18 Million in State Budget Proposal

Gov. Doug Ducey (pictured) and Republican state lawmakers struck a deal this week that would cut $104 million from Arizona's universities. Northern Arizona University alone would lose more than $18 million in the next fiscal year. The budget proposal would also completely eliminate state funding from three of Arizona's community colleges.
Credit The Republic

A budget deal struck between state lawmakers and the governor includes more than $100 million in cuts to higher education. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Northern Arizona University’s president Rita Cheng released a statement outlining the domino effect the cuts could have to the local economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Winter Storms Dramatically Increase Flagstaff’s Water Supply

Lake Mary in warmer months. The reservoir is one of Flagstaff's main water sources and is now more than half full after the recent winter storms.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

After the recent snowstorms, water levels have nearly doubled in Lake Mary, one of Flagstaff’s primary water sources. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the reservoir is now nearly 60 percent full.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Copper Mine Protest on Tonto NF Now in Fourth Week

Vernelda Grant, director of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Department, at Oak Fat Campground, the site of a proposed copper mine. The tribe says the project would decimate an area considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A protest east of Phoenix is in its fourth week as a group of Native Americans has gathered in opposition to a proposed copper mine. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the area of the Tonto National Forest is a burial ground and considered sacred by several tribes throughout the state.

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