Environment reporter John Ryan welcomes tips, documents and feedback from listeners. For secure, confidential communication: he's at 1-401-405-1206 on the Signal messaging app, you can use KUOW’s SecureDrop portal, or you can send snail mail (but don't put your return address on the outside!) to John Ryan, KUOW, 4518 Univ. Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
Good thing John was a clumsy traveler.
Otherwise his cheap microcassette recorder wouldn't have fallen out of his pocket in an Indonesian taxi, a generous BBC stringer wouldn't have lent him some recording gear, and he wouldn't have gotten the radio bug. But after pointing a mic at rare jungle songbirds and gong-playing grandmothers for his first radio story, there was no turning back.
He spent several years freelancing for most of the major public radio news shows (as well as newspapers including Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times). John also did an award-winning documentary for KUOW on the side from a day gig covering transportation at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
In 2009, John moved back to Seattle to become KUOW’s first investigative reporter after two exciting years covering avalanches, political intrigue and just about everything in between for KTOO, the NPR station in Alaska's capital city. He returned to Alaska for a 4-month stint in the Aleutian Islands in 2015 and won awards for KUOW and KUCB-Unalaska for his coverage of Arctic oil drilling from two states.
John’s stories have won multiple national awards for KUOW, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi awards for Public Service in Radio Journalism and for Investigative Reporting and national Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI awards for coverage of breaking news.
John is a shop steward of KUOW’s SAG-AFTRA newsroom union.
He believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought emergency across nearly half the state.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee did an about-face Wednesday on two major fossil-fuel projects that he had previously supported.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed five pieces of climate legislation into law Tuesday in Seattle—a rare political success for a “climate hawk” governor and presidential candidate who has struggled to curtail greenhouse gas emissions in his state.
Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of stream crossings beneath state roads over the next decade. But it’s not coughing up the money to do that.
Kim Malcolm talks with KUOW reporter John Ryan about the investigation into Saturday's crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle.
At least three sections of the crane plummeted to the ground.
More people are flying each year, making aviation one of the fastest-growing problems for the world’s climate.
Our electricity in Washington state is pretty clean, but it’s slated to get 100 percent clean in coming years.
In an exceptionally large show of dissent from within a big tech firm, they’ve signed an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos.
The zero-emission planes can't fly far, but they could help sink two big air-pollution problems.