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Kate Ryan

Kate’s experience in journalism goes back to the first time she interviewed a
clown.

No, that’s not an editorial comment–Ringling Bros. Circus had come to NYC and her
father, Bill Ryan, a former NBC correspondent, put a mic in his 5th grade
daughter’s hand and set her to work. He used to say of broadcasting “It sure beats
working!” Kate’s come to agree, though she’s still coming to terms with her
coulrophobia (that fear of clowns thing.)

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News Team, Kate’s focused on state and local
government from Rockville to Richmond. Her focus has always been on how decisions
made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She’s also covered
breaking news ranging from the arrest of then-DC Mayor Marion Barry to the
deadliest crash in Metro’s history to the 2010 hostage-taking at Discovery
Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Kate’s also chased hurricanes, tracked
tornadoes, waded through the snow drifts of “Snowmageddon” and covered the many
protracted power outages that have followed those storms.

Kate also worked as News Director and morning anchor at WTOP’s then-sister
station, WASH-FM. She produced a weekly public affairs show and interviewed
authors, politicians and Pulitzer prize-winners. Interviewees include David Simon,
creator of HBO’s “The Wire”, two-time Pulitzer prize winner David McCullogh, and
one of the central figures of the Iran Contra Affair, Lt. Colonel Oliver North.

Kate’s been recognized for her series and features: from the aggravation of trying
to find a parking space in a crowded downtown “Can I Park Here?” to whether letter
writing has become a lost art “Don’t Forget to Write”. Working with her colleague
Darci Marchese, she won a regional Murrow Award for an examination of mental
illness, “The Loneliest Disease”. Most recently, she produced a series on bullying
“No Bully Left Behind.”

Kate’s also enjoyed the chance to produce features on people whose stories capture
the imagination; a teenage violin virtuoso whose work was played at the Holocaust
Memorial Museum, the street vendors known as the Arabbers of Baltimore, and
veterans who take part in physical therapy using the horses of “The Old Guard”,
the US Army’s Caisson platoon.

Kate has an MA in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She’s taught US History
and AP Government to high school students in Montgomery County Maryland, one of
the nation’s consistently top-rated school systems. She’s attended Street Law’s
Supreme Court Summer Institute,which allowed her to sit in on oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.

Thanks in part to WTOP’s support for creating a staff with depth and breadth, she
was chosen as the 1000th fellow in the RTDNA/RIAS fellowship program in which
journalists from the US get a chance to explore issues of common interest in
Berlin, Germany. While there she examined an issue of global and local importance:
traffic.

Kate speaks Spanish, makes a good effort in French, and struggles in Dutch. Kate
lives in Washington, DC and blogs about getting around by bike on her website:
Lane Change, Kate Ryan Reports. Kate is honored to work in a newsroom with
colleagues whose commitment to news is second to none.

You can email Kate at kryan@wtop.com or follow her on Twitter.



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