Matt Ryan

'New York NOW' Managing Editor

Since taking over the reins in 2009, Matt has been the driving force producing a program with the right mix of news, in-depth reporting and analysis for the state's weekly public affairs show.  Under his leadership, 'New York NOW' has become a regular winner of some of the most prestigious broadcast honors in the state.  After three straight nominations, the program was awarded a New York State Emmy in 2013 for Matt's look at the rise and fall of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester.   A year earlier the same program won a New York State Broadcasters Association award for “Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show” and in 2014 and 2015 NYN won back-to-back NYSBA accolades for “Best Public Affairs Program.”  In addition, Matt was the producer, writer, editor, and host of the 2008 WMHT documentary 'Presidents in Our Backyard.'  He filled the same roles in 2014 for the film "Nine Long Days: TR's Journey to the White House" and is currently in production on a film about former Governor Mario Cuomo. 

An avid photographer, Matt's work has been featured in numerous publications, including 'The New York Times,' 'The Village Voice,' and his shot of the Kodak building landed on the cover of the children's book 'Rochester and the State of New York: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know.' Many of his photos can be found on this site.

Matt is a native of the Finger Lakes town of Victor and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  He resides with his family in the Capital Region.

Matt with his 2013 Emmy

Matt with NYN's 2nd straight NYSBA in 2015.

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Pantheon Books

It was 45 years ago this month that the state and nation's attention was captured by the prison uprising in the small Western New York town of Attica.   This week on the program author Heather Ann Thompson discusses her gripping new book on the drama in rural Wyoming County.  

You can argue he was the last New York Governor of national prominence.  You can also argue whether his term as the state's 52nd chief executive was a success or failure. 

This week on New York NOW we take a look back at one of the most entertaining political battles of the 20th Century. 

Problems with water infrastructure have plagued communities across the state this year, particularly in the Capital Region. 

Matt Ryan/WMHT

In July the State Education Department released the latest English language arts (ELA) and math test scores for students in Grades 3-8.  The results were a bit of a mixed bag.

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