Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But after a family trip to the Grand Canyon as a child, he became entranced with the Southwest and has now lived in Flagstaff for more than a decade and a half. Before joining the KNAU newsroom as local content manger, Ryan was the editor for the local weekly paper, Flag Live, for 10 years. The experience helped him become deeply embedded in the Flagstaff community. 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 many hours riding his mountain bike on dusty trails attempting to keep up with his wife.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Planned Parenthood Challenges Arizona Abortion Laws

RU-486, the so-called abortion pill
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Next week, several abortion restrictions will go into effect statewide. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the laws are currently being challenged in federal court.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Northern Arizona’s Forest Managers Focus on Firefighter Safety

The final photo taken of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was texted by one of the members of the crew to his wife.
Credit Courtesy of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Last summer’s Yarnell Hill Fire was the deadliest ever for Arizona wildland firefighters. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports that, as a result, forest managers in northern Arizona are focusing on safety.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

After a Very Dry Winter, Forest Managers Prepare for Fire Season

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This winter was the sixth driest on record for northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, managers on all area national forests are preparing for what could be a very busy fire season.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tusayan Receives 20 Acres of Land as Part of Development Deal

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The Town of Tusayan just outside Grand Canyon National Park is now the owner of a parcel of land to be used for affordable housing construction. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the transfer is part of a large and controversial development project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Prescott City Council Votes to Oppose Recreational Marijuana

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The Prescott City Council has approved a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move comes as national and local groups are attempting to place legalization on the ballot.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:52 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rio de Flag Flood Control Receives Federal Funds

The Rio de Flag in Flagstaff
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The City of Flagstaff will receive more than a million dollars of federal money for Rio de Flag flood control. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the money will go toward fixing a defective basin built five years ago.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kaibab National Forest Releases Revised Management Plan

A spot on the Kaibab National Forest bordering the North Rim of Grand Canyon.
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The Kaibab National Forest released a revised management plan after nearly a decade of work. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the plan focuses on contending with increased wildfire and climate change.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Flagstaff City Hall to Protest SB 1062

The protest opposing SB 1062 on Sun, Feb. 23 drew an estimated 500 people to the lawn outside Flagstaff City Hall.
Credit Photo by Ryan Heinsius

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside Flagstaff City Hall in protest of the Arizona state legislature’s passage of SB 1062. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the protest was organized by two current members of the Flagstaff City Council.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:58 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Former Navajo Lawmakers Plead Guilty to Misuse of Tribal Funds

Navajo Nation Council Chambers
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Two former Navajo Nation lawmakers have pleaded guilty in a case that involves misuse of tribal funds. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the case also implicates several other members of the Navajo Nation Council.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:52 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Repair of Collapsed Hwy. 89 Section Could Be Done by the End of 2014

The collapsed section of Highway 89 between Marble Canyon and Page.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation

A section of Highway 89 near Marble Canyon that collapsed a year ago could again see traffic by the end of 2014. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project must first be given the go ahead by the federal government in order to receive funding.

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