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
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:13 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead in New Mexico

As of January 2014, officials said 83 Mexican gray wolves roamed the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit LA Times

Last month, two members of a federally protected population of Mexican gray wolves were found dead in New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that makes three confirmed deaths of the endangered species in the last two months.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Uncounted Ballots Unlikely to Affect Schools Chief Race and Prop 122 Passage

Credit University of Minnesota

Nearly a week after the midterm election, thousands of provisional ballots have yet to be counted. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that will likely not affect the outcome of the race for state schools chief or a ballot proposition that will constitutionally allow the state to reject federal actions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:33 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Thousands of Uncounted Ballots Could Affect Too-Close-To-Call Races

Credit The Arizona Republic

After Tuesday’s election, two statewide races and votes on a ballot proposition remain too close to call. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, thousands of uncounted ballots could have a significant impact on the outcomes.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Voter Turnout Average in Coconino County, Single Digits on NAU Campus

Credit Ryan Heinsius

As thousands of ballots are still being counted throughout the state, election officials are getting a clearer picture of voter turnout. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, participation was average in Coconino County with some noteworthy exceptions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:43 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Preliminary Numbers Favor Passage of Proposition 122

Credit Ryan Heinsius

Arizonans voted on three statewide propositions yesterday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those measures could redefine the state’s relationship with the federal government.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Early Results Show Kirkpatrick Leading Tobin in CD-1 Race

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Credit Ralph Freso/AP

UPDATE: Wednesday morning Andy Tobin conceded defeat to Rep. Kirkpatrick. In a statement from her campaign staff, Kirkpatrick said she is "deeply honored" to have been reelected. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Wildlife Officials Tracking Wolf-Like Animal in Flagstaff

This is purportedly the animal officials are searching in Flagstaff near Lake Mary Road. Here it's pictured after its initial capture last week by animal control officers. The animal later escaped from a county facility. Several photos and videos have popped up on social media sites of the animal.
Credit Courtesy of Shawn Williams

Officials are attempting to capture an unidentified wolf-like animal that’s been seen in neighborhoods south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the second report of a possible wolf in northern Arizona in as many weeks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Local Elections in the National Spotlight Ahead of Tuesday’s General Election

Credit Ryan Heinsius

Across the state today voters will decide on a variety of offices and propositions. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some local elections have garnered national attention.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

High Voter Turnout Expected on Navajo Nation and on the NAU Campus

Credit Ryan Heinsius

Tomorrow, Arizonans will head to the polls to vote for a variety of local, state and national offices along with several ballot propositions. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, local election officials are expecting a high turnout on the Navajo Nation and among students.

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