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 longtime editor of an alternative weekly paper, he covered arts and culture and wrote about a broad range of topics in a weekly column. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in political science and journalism, and has returned to teach at his alma mater. 

Ryan is also 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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Courtesy/Alan Levine

Officials in the communities of Pine and Strawberry this week put mandatory water restrictions in place. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s one of the only areas in the state to have implemented heightened water conservation measures this year. 


D. Cockrum/NPS

Visitors to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon probably noticed a flurry of activity this spring as a helicopter flew in a drilling rig and other large pieces of equipment.

Joshua Lott/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

There are more than 4,200 abandoned uranium mines in the U.S., 500 of which are located on or near the Navajo Nation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the U.S. House this week unanimously passed an amendment to help fund the cleanup of the sites.


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

According to a recent letter from the U.S. Interior Department, the Central Arizona Project may be required by law to continue purchasing power from the Navajo Generating Station. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, NGS is slated to close next year unless a buyer is found.


Phoenix Business Journal

Wind and solar power currently account for less than 10 percent of the energy produced in Arizona. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a proposed state constitutional amendment would increase the use of renewables significantly in the coming decade. 


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