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
Construction crews have installed streets, sidewalks, and utilities for a neighborhood of 59 homes out of reach of ocean waves.
A fisheries agency is asking for public input on whether to list a salmon from the Columbia River Basin as an endangered species.
A rare, yet annual, event took place Thursday night in Washington’s North Cascades. A roadless area roughly doubled in size.
The highest tides of the year are on their way.
Seattle-area officials are still asking the public to use less water, even as autumn storms have been refilling the city’s reservoirs.
The state’s largest utility wants to raise its customers’ rates to pay for a liquefied natural gas plant on the Tacoma waterfront.
Washington officials aim to link the state’s fight against climate change to similar efforts elsewhere in North America.
No giant hornets have turned up in Washington state so far this year, according to Washington agriculture officials.
Tree advocates say the new requirement for “defensible space” around many homes will worsen the climate change that is making fires burn more often.
The orcas’ return triggered a three-month voluntary slowdown for big ships in Puget Sound.