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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The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today released two opinions affecting uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one case was brought by the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups, and the other by the National Mining Association. 


The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on whether to end a uranium mining ban near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it follows a recent U.S. Forest Service recommendation to reopen exploration on nearly a million acres. 


Ravonelle Yazzie/Navajo Times

Authorities continue to investigate yesterday’s shooting at a high school in northwestern New Mexico that left two students and the suspect dead. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the shooter was a former student at the school.


Ventura County Fire Department, via European Pressphoto Agency

More than 200,000 people are under evacuation orders in the greater Los Angeles area as several major wildfires continue to burn. Firefighting crews from all across the country are either on scene or en route to the front lines, including several municipal fire departments from Arizona. City of Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light told to KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius his crew is prepping to go. 


Samantha Gurule/KRQE

A shooting Thursday morning at a high school in a northwestern New Mexico has left three dead and several others wounded. It took place in a town bordering the vast Navajo Nation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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