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
2:34 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

Credit LA Times

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.
Credit USFS

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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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Pressure Mounting on Justice Department to Halt Hopi Auction

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie
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Members of Congress along with the Hopi Tribe want the Department of Justice and the FBI to halt an auction of ceremonial items in Paris. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the sixth such controversial sale since 2013.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 U.S. Senate Bid

Three-term congresswoman for Arizona's First District Ann Kirkpatrick.
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Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2016. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she’s taking aim at the seat held by Republican John McCain for nearly three decades.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:08 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officials Kill Troubled Mexican Gray Wolf

An endangered Mexican gray wolf. About 110 of the federally protected animals make up the experimental population in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit endangeredwolfcenter.org

An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been shot and killed by wildlife officials in western New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the federally protected animal had been involved in so-called “nuisance behavior.” 

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:32 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Grand Canyon Airport Upgrades Raise Concern of Conservation Groups

The public comment period for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Five-Year Plan ends next week. It includes an upgrade to the state-owned Grand Canyon National Park Airport. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, conservationists have raised concerns about the project’s potential effects on the Canyon.

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