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
2:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Pres. Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration, Raising the Ire of Republicans

The U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. is on the left side of the photo.
Credit cbp.gov

Tonight President Obama will address the American people to outline his executive order overhauling U.S. immigration policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s being opposed by nearly all congressional Republicans.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:13 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Fines Start Saturday for Coconino County’s Distracted-Driving Ordinance

On Saturday, Coconino County officials will begin fully enforcing a distracted-driving ordinance. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, drivers found using cell phones and other communication devises without hands-free technology could face penalties.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Supreme Court Invalidates Arizona Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants

Credit Reuters/ICE/Handout

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a lower court ruling overturning an Arizona law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants who are charged with crimes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the decision will likely result in numerous bail hearings in the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:13 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead in New Mexico

As of January 2014, officials said 83 Mexican gray wolves roamed the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit LA Times

Last month, two members of a federally protected population of Mexican gray wolves were found dead in New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that makes three confirmed deaths of the endangered species in the last two months.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Uncounted Ballots Unlikely to Affect Schools Chief Race and Prop 122 Passage

Credit University of Minnesota

Nearly a week after the midterm election, thousands of provisional ballots have yet to be counted. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that will likely not affect the outcome of the race for state schools chief or a ballot proposition that will constitutionally allow the state to reject federal actions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:33 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Thousands of Uncounted Ballots Could Affect Too-Close-To-Call Races

Credit The Arizona Republic

After Tuesday’s election, two statewide races and votes on a ballot proposition remain too close to call. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, thousands of uncounted ballots could have a significant impact on the outcomes.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Voter Turnout Average in Coconino County, Single Digits on NAU Campus

Credit Ryan Heinsius

As thousands of ballots are still being counted throughout the state, election officials are getting a clearer picture of voter turnout. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, participation was average in Coconino County with some noteworthy exceptions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:43 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Preliminary Numbers Favor Passage of Proposition 122

Credit Ryan Heinsius

Arizonans voted on three statewide propositions yesterday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those measures could redefine the state’s relationship with the federal government.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Early Results Show Kirkpatrick Leading Tobin in CD-1 Race

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Credit Ralph Freso/AP

UPDATE: Wednesday morning Andy Tobin conceded defeat to Rep. Kirkpatrick. In a statement from her campaign staff, Kirkpatrick said she is "deeply honored" to have been reelected. 

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