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
12:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Cinder Pit on Kaibab National Forest Opens for Forest Debris Disposal

A home in California that was saved from wildfire by creating a defensible space free of dry forest fuel.
Credit mtveederfiresafe.org

Officials with the Kaibab National Forest are encouraging residents who live in wooded areas to remove potential fire fuel from their properties. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’ll be able to dispose of yard debris at a cinder pit near Parks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Hybrid-Electric Motor Completes Colorado River Trip Through the Grand Canyon

Participants in the April trip included (from left) GCROA Executive Director John Dillon, guide Sarah Hatch, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, guide and trip leader Steve Hatch, Fred Thevinen, Trent Keller, and River District Ranger Brian Bloom.
Credit Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association

For the first time, a hybrid-electric motor has powered a Colorado River trip through the entire Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the technology is being developed through a partnership between commercial river outfitters and the National Park Service.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:50 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Kaibab Forest Managers Seeking Public Comment on Tusayan Road Easements

The initial public comment period has begun for a series of road improvements on the Kaibab National Forest in the Town of Tusayan. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius report, if approved it’ll pave the way for a large development project near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

A dangle-head processor delimbs and cuts logs to length for the Mountainare Timber Sale on the Coconino National Forest as part of 4FRI.
Credit USFS

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. 

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative for 2016 Registered With State

Credit ABC News

A 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has been registered with the secretary of state’s office. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed it would mean the state would control the marijuana industry.

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State Capitol News
7:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Blocking Plastic Bags Bans By Cities

Credit switchboard.nrdc.org

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that prevents towns and cities from banning single-use plastic shopping bags. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, supports say such bans are costly to businesses, but opponents say they’re more costly to the environment.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges State Minimum Wage Law

Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova and attorney Mik Jordahl represent the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. The group filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to allow cities to determine local minimum wages.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A group advocating for higher minimum wages in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit seeks to overturn a law it says unconstitutionally takes power away from the local level.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Delayed Birth Certificate Bill into Law

While Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler greets Lola Bennett in her crowded Tuba City office, Matilda Perdue (in the office behind) meets with clients to help them navigate through the complicated process of applying for delayed birth certificates.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill that streamlines the process for Native Americans to obtain delayed birth certificates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill will open eligibility for a wide range of benefits to many more people.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Kaibab National Forest Upgrades Fire Danger to Moderate

Credit USFS

Officials have raised the fire danger to moderate across much of the Kaibab National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, windy, dry conditions have crews on high alert.

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