John Ryan joined KUOW as its first full-time investigative reporter in 2009 and took on the environment beat in 2018. He focuses on climate change, energy, and the ecosystems of the Puget Sound region. He has also investigated toxic air pollution, landslides, failed cleanups, and money in politics for KUOW.
Over a quarter century as an environmental journalist, John has covered everything from Arctic drilling to Indonesian reef bombing. He has been a reporter at NPR stations in southeast and southwest Alaska (KTOO-Juneau and KUCB-Unalaska) and at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. 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, national Edward R. Murrow and PMJA/PRNDI awards for coverage of breaking news, and a Society of Environmental Journalists award for in-depth reporting.
He is a shop steward for KUOW’s SAG-AFTRA newsroom union and believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
John welcomes tips, documents and feedback from listeners. Reach him at email@example.com or for secure, encrypted communication, he's at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-401-405-1206 on the Signal messaging app.
Languages: English, some Spanish
Professional Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA shop steward
The largest glacier between the high peaks of Mount Rainier and Glacier Peak has melted away after a long battle with global warming.
As a string of attacks on electrical substations unfolded in Oregon and Washington in 2022, the FBI was warning utilities of white supremacists’ plots to take down the nation’s power grid. A KUOW/OPB investigation reveals the scope of the threat to the Northwest grid.
The men charged with attacking four substations in Pierce County on Christmas day were plotting even more attacks on the power grid before they were arrested, according to federal prosecutors.
DOE data and other reporting by KUOW reveal previously unreported attacks on substations in Washington state this summer.
Thousands climb Mount Rainier, Washington's highest point, each year. No one, apparently, has ever been to the state’s lowest point.
The Christmas crimes in Pierce County are the latest in a string of physical attacks on the Northwest power grid.
‘Tis the season for king tides: The highest tides of the year. Extreme high tides are headed to Puget Sound Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning of the last week of December.
Wildlife officials have found hundreds of dead snow geese around Washington’s Skagit Bay, suspected victims of highly pathogenic avian influenza: bird flu.
Electric substations in the Northwest have been attacked, at least two with firearms, according to documents obtained by OPB and KUOW.
Despite the wildlife hospital’s best efforts, 80 percent of cat-attack victims brought there do not survive.