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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A group of congressional Republicans is calling on President Trump to reverse a series of Obama-era conservation measures. Among them is a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Carolyn Beeler/PRI

The current owners of the Navajo Generating Station say there’s limited time for new buyer to finalize a deal. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, NGS is set to close at the end of next year unless a sale comes through. 


APS

About 600 residents evacuated during the Tinder Fire are being allowed to return today, some to heavily damaged or destroyed homes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the fire is now 48 percent contained and has burned 12,628 acres.


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Crews have begun to suppress the Tinder Fire burning near Clint’s Well after it began nearly a week ago. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the blaze is 12 percent contained and has reached more than 12,200 acres.


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Firefighters battling the 11,500-acre Tinder Fire are taking advantage of the wet weather in their efforts to contain it. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, residents of about 1,000 homes are still under evacuation orders.


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