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
12:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona Ranks as the Strictest State for Drunk-Driving Enforcement

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A recent study ranked Arizona as the strictest state in the nation for drunk-driving enforcement. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has the longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Managing Lightning-Caused Fires

Flames from the Horse Tank Fire move slowly on the forest floor near Pine and Strawberry. Crews are letting the fire burn to rid the area of dry fuels that could potentially feed future wildfires.
Credit Payson Roundup

Multiple, low-intensity lightning-caused wildfires are currently burning on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. In each case, managers are allowing them to continue to burn in order to rid the areas of dry fuels and enhance plant and animal habitat. All three fires are expected to increase in size, but not necessarily in severity. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Tue June 16, 2015

City of Flagstaff, Hopi Tribe Work Toward Settlement Of Lawsuit

Ski runs on the San Francisco Peaks at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff.
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The City of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe are working to resolve a lawsuit over selling reclaimed wastewater to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to make snow. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Hopis claim snowmaking using the reclaimed water is a public nuisance.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:23 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Park Service Opposing Bill to Cull Grand Canyon Bison Herd

Bison within Grand Canyon National Park are destroying vegetation, tainting water supplies and trampling archaeological sites. A U.S. Senate bill would allow hunting of the animals within near the North Rim, but the Park Service says the legislation would interfere with its own ongoing internal bison management study.
Credit AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Josie Musico

The National Park Service is opposing a U.S. Senate bill designed to reduce the number of bison at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, park officials say it would interfere with their own bison management study currently in the works.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:52 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Could Affect 2016 CD1 Race

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
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A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Auction of Hopi Ceremonial Items Proceeds in Paris

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie
Credit Mark Henle/The Republic

Another auction of Hopi and Acoma Pueblo ceremonial items has taken place in Paris. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the latest in a series of controversial sales of sacred Native American items.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:05 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Simulated Floods Succeed in Restoring Colorado River Sandbars

A restored sandbar on the Colorado River.
Credit Mat Kaplinsky/Northern Arizona University

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey finds that a project to rebuild sandbars along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon appears to be a success. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say simulated floods have been effective in redistributing sand.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

New Poll Shows More Than Half of Arizonans Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

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A poll conducted last month reveals that more than half of all Arizonans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes as multiple measures are in the works to put the question to voters in 2016.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

State Revenue Spike Leads to Higher-Ed Restoration Talks Among Lawmakers

The Arizona State Capitol Building
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For four straight months, Arizona has taken in higher-than-expected revenue. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some lawmakers want to reinstate a chunk of the nearly $100 million cut from higher education in the 2016 state budget.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Tusayan Road Easement Comment Period Ends Tuesday

The Ten-X Campground on the Kaibab National Forest's Tusayan Ranger District.
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Tuesday is the final day for the public to comment on a series of proposed road improvements on the Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if approved, the work could pave the way for a large-scale development planned about a mile from the South Rim in the Town of Tusayan.

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