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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The quickly moving Tinder Fire near Clint’s Well has grown to 11,500 acres as 1,000 homes remain evacuated. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials still report no containment of the blaze.


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The Tinder Fire near Clint’s Well has forced the evacuation of about a thousand homes and burned more than 8,600 acres. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, fire officials say there isn’t yet any containment of the blaze.


Ryan Heinsius

Tens of thousands of educators are poised for a statewide walk out tomorrow demanding more funding for K–12 schools and better wages for teachers and support staff. Communities are mobilizing to provide day care for the very students those teachers are fighting for. Non-profits, churches and other organizations are taking in kids for little or no charge during what will be the first educator strike in state history. The KNAU news team went out into the community to hear from some of those who’ve offered to care for students, and support teachers, while they go to bat.


Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

The Rattlesnake Fire burning in a remote area of the White Mountains has reached nearly 20,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, more than 500 personnel are fighting the blaze.


Ryan Heinsius

There’s a new exhibit at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff—actually, it’s an old exhibit re-imagined. Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau originally opened in 1980. It was an expansive look at many of the region’s tribal cultures including the Havasupai, Navajo and Hopi. The museum recently unveiled a total makeover of the exhibit, nearly a decade in the making. It was put together in close consultation with the tribes. Dr. Robert Breunig curated both versions, and gave KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius a tour.


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