Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan joined the KNAU staff as newscast manager in 2013. He’s covered a broad range of stories from local and state politics to environment, education and economic issues. He’s also covered wildfire in northern Arizona, including the 2014 Slide Fire that became the largest in the history of the Coconino National Forest. From time to time, Ryan interviews both internationally known and regional musicians, and he’s a regular contributor to NPR News and National Native News.

Before making the leap to public radio, Ryan spent a decade working in print media. As the editor of an alternative-weekly paper, he covered arts, entertainment and local culture and dabbled in political writing with a weekly column.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in political science and journalism, and in the past 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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Fewer than three dozen people have ever hiked the entire 800-mile length of the Grand Canyon. Two journalists on assignment for National Geographic completed the journey last month and have now been nominated as the magazine’s 2017 Adventurers of the Year. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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The president of the Navajo Nation wants the Obama administration to end construction of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Russell Begaye says the law enforcement response to demonstrators opposed to the project puts the lives of Native Americans at risk. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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The Flagstaff Police Department has opened an internal investigation after an online video surfaced showing an officer punching a woman in the face. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.


With just over two months left in office, President Obama has the option to declare national monuments under the Antiquities Act. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s unclear whether he’ll use that authority, and how the Trump administration may respond to such declarations. 


Some U.S. tribal leaders are worried Republican president-elect Donald Trump’s vow of deep spending cuts could negatively affect Indian Country. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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