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 firstname.lastname@example.org or for secure, encrypted communication, he's at email@example.com or 1-401-405-1206 on the Signal messaging app.
Languages: English, some Spanish
Professional Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA shop steward
It’s funny how stories collide sometimes.
A salvage team successfully lifted the Aleutian Isle onto a barge Wednesday afternoon, more than five weeks after the fishing boat sank into the depths off San Juan Island.
Salvage crews have been unable to remove enough fuel and seawater from the Aleutian Isle to lift it onto a barge and transport it away from the critical orca habitat where it sank five weeks ago.
Coast Guard officials say a salvage team is ready to lift the Aleutian Isle off the sea floor near San Juan Island on Saturday.
You can tell that the fisher is a tough customer by its diet: It eats porcupines.
Shortly before evacuating their home near the mountain town of Index, Washington, Jay Held and his wife, Virginia Held, felt sick to their stomachs.
KUOW environment reporter John Ryan talks with Kim Malcolm about the Bolt Creek Fire.
Consumer goods from coolers to bike helmets have been washing up on Alaskan beaches, up to 1,200 miles from a cargo spill off the Washington coast.
The fishing boat that sank off San Juan Island in August had run into trouble – apparently running aground – the previous day.
By the time you read this story, what it describes will probably have disappeared beneath the waves. That’s how it was meant to be -- and how it used to be.