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
3:19 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reclaimed Water Ordinance on Tuesday’s Flagstaff City Council Agenda

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On Tuesday night, the Flagstaff City Council voted four to three not to revisit an ordinance contained in the city’s water policy having to do with the renewal of reclaimed water sales contracts. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some in the community have been calling on the council to reinstate its authority over those contracts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Late Nights and the Endless Road: America’s Storyteller, Todd Snider

Singer-songwriter-author Todd Snider.
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Folk singer Todd Snider has been on the road for nearly a quarter century. He’s a prolific songwriter with a penchant for hilarious and poignant storytelling. Snider is on tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, East Nashville Skyline, and is performing in Flagstaff tonight. He recently spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius about the bizarre experiences that inspire many of his songs, and his new memoir, "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales."

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:07 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Arizona Lawmakers Attempt to Halt EPA’s Waterways Rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an update to the federal Clean Water Act. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, an Arizona congressman is trying to prevent that change from going into effect.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Flagstaff City Council Votes for Walnut Canyon Area Protections

Ruins of Sinagua cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
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This week, the Flagstaff City Council voted to support the conservation of forest land surrounding Walnut Canyon National Monument. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would ultimately be up to Congress to officially safeguard the land.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Verde River to Benefit from Nearly $3 Million in Federal Conservation Funds

The Verde River runs through north and central Arizona and feeds into the Salt River. In recent years the Verde has seen sharply decreased flows due to prolonged drought in the Southwest as well as outdated, inefficient agricultural practices.
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A nearly $3 million grant from the federal government will help restore parts of the Verde River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the funds will boost a decade-long effort by conservation groups and farmers to increase sustainable water use on the river.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Civics Test Bill First Legislation Heading Gov. Ducey’s Desk

Gov. Ducey being introduced before his first state-of-the-state address Monday. Behind him are House Speaker David M. Gowan (left) and Senate President Andy Biggs.
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The first bill likely to arrive on Governor Doug Ducey’s desk would create a statewide high school civics test. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, state lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that could be ready for the governor’s signature this week.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Federal Rule Expanding Range of Mexican Gray Wolves Finalized

An endangered Mexican gray wolf. The new rule allows the animals to roam from I-40 south to the U.S-Mexico border, but also clarifies circumstances under which the animals could be killed.
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Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized a new rule concerning the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move broadens the endangered animal’s territory but also expands the circumstances under which they could be killed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Flagstaff Carryout Plastic Bag Ban Gaining Momentum

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A move to ban single-use plastic carryout bags in Flagstaff is gaining momentum. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, at Tuesday’s city council meeting the public will have a chance to voice opinions about the proposed ban.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On Arizona Visit, Obama Announces Lower Mortgage Insurance Rates

Obama speaks Thursday at Central High School in Phoenix about the nation's recovering housing market.
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During his visit to Arizona this week President Obama announced the lowering of federal mortgage insurance rates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is designed to boost the housing market by helping first-time home buyers.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Local Realtors Welcome Loosening of Federal Mortgage Standards

President Obama will speak this morning in Phoenix. One topic he’s expected to cover is the federal government’s easing of some mortgage restrictions in order to boost the nation’s housing market. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, northern Arizona has seen a healthy increase in recent years in home buying.

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