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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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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Many Southwesterners sickened by Cold War nuclear weapons testing were excluded from a 1990 federal compensation program. Now the U.S. House has approved a measure aimed at providing relief to the residents known as downwinders. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Forest managers on the Coconino and Tonto national forests have closed several large sections to the public because of wildfire danger. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it comes ahead of expected heavy visitation during the Memorial Day Weekend.


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A proposal by the U.S. Interior Department would increase domestic mineral production on public lands. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it classifies uranium and nearly two dozen others as crucial to national and economic security.


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An Arizona group is attempting to ban so-called dark money in state elections. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, their proposal would amend the state constitution to require the disclosures of major donors.


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