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
2:42 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bill Legalizing Sawed-Off Shotguns, Silencers Headed to State Senate

Lake Havasu City Republican senator Kelli Ward is pushing for the legalization of sawed-off shotguns, silencers and nunchucks as part of an amendment to a bill she authored.
Credit CBS 5 News

Four firearms-related bills have received initial approval this week from the Arizona state legislature. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those bills would legalize some weapons and accessories currently outlawed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:24 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Court Orders Ex-Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi to Prison Friday

A court ordered former Arizona congressman Rick Renzi (left) to report to prison Friday after rejecting his appeal in a federal corruption and money laundering case.
Credit AP file photo

Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has been ordered to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for corruption and several other charges. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Republican waged a six-year court battle since his indictment in an attempt to stay out of prison.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:05 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Federal Funds to Benefit Forest Health in the Prescott Basin

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Three-quarters of a million dollars will be spent to thin more than 2,300 acres of forest land near Prescott. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, in recent years the wooded areas surrounding the city have become especially fire-prone. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Arizona Republicans Urge Against Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

The Grand Canyon viewed from the North Rim.
Credit NPS

Twenty five members of Congress, including four Arizona Republicans, are urging President Obama not to designate nearly 2 million acres near the Grand Canyon as a national monument. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say such a move would be an overreach by the president.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:38 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Tonto NF Supervisor Meets with Native Americans Protesting Resolution Copper Mine

Credit Jennifer Johnson

Earlier this week, the supervisor of the Tonto National Forest met with a group of Native Americans hoping to prevent copper mining at a sacred site east of Phoenix. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent federal legislation cleared the way for the Oak Flat area to become part of North America’s largest copper mine.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill Allowing More Private Meetings for Lawmakers Off the Table, For Now

Republican State Senator for Legislative District 6 Sylvia Allen. Her bill, SB 1435, would have allowed lawmakers and public officials to meet behind closed doors unless a vote was being held. It did not receive a committee hearing, which takes the bill off the table.
Credit Photo by Kylee Gauna

A state senate bill that would have allowed lawmakers expanded ability to meet in private, outside the public eye, did not receive a committee hearing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s uncertain whether the bill’s sponsors will try again.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Native American Birth Certificate Bill Unanimously Passes House Committee

Helene Nockideneh outside a Tuba City office last fall after completing her application for a delayed birth certificate.
Credit AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca

On Thursday, a state house bill that would simplify the process for Native Americans seeking delayed birth certificates passed a key legislative committee. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if ultimately passed by the legislature, the bill is expected to ease many hardships encountered by tribal members.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:22 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Ahead of Signup Deadline, Arizona Affordable Care Act Enrollments Up

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal government’s Affordable Care Act Marketplace ends Sunday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this year in Arizona there’s been a significant increase in those purchasing insurance through the program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DNA Test Confirms Death of Gray Wolf Seen Near the Grand Canyon

The dispersed female Rocky Mountain gray wolf photographed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Oct. 27, 2014, traveled from Wyoming, more than 450 miles.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Federal wildlife officials have confirmed that an endangered gray wolf mistaken for a coyote and killed by a hunter was the same one recently seen near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Echo — as the wolf had been unofficially named — was the first of its species known to roam the area near the national park in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Prescott Solemnly Absorbs News of Kayla Mueller’s Death

A small memorial to Kayla Mueller on Prescott's Courthouse Square.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The confirmation yesterday of humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller’s death shocked the world. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the epicenter of that grief is in Mueller’s hometown of Prescott.

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