About John Ryan:
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 professional 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.
In the past decade, he's freelanced for shows such as "All Things Considered," "Living on Earth," "Marketplace" and "The World." He also continued his print career by reporting for newspapers including the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
John moved back to Seattle after two exciting years covering avalanches, political intrigue and just about everything in between for KTOO FM, the NPR station in Alaska's capital city.
John has won awards for KUOW as a freelancer (check out "As the Sound Churns") and now as a staff reporter. He believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions. He says he's very happy to have one of the few investigative reporting jobs in public radio.