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 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."

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.

Ways to Connect

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This week we take an in-depth look at the impact the minimum wage increase could have on workers and small businesses in New York. This special report is part of an ongoing public media reporting initiative called 'Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America' which provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

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The big storyline this legislative session was the push for and the eventual passage of Governor Cuomo's higher minimum wage proposal.  The new phasing-in will be at different rates depending on where you live but according to the National Federation of Small Businesses State Director Mike Durant, no matter if you live in Upstate or in the five boroughs, it will be a crushing blow to small businesses. 

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This week on New York NOW we'll bring you extensive coverage from two different upstate presidential campaign stops. Former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held multiple rallies across the Empire State, including in Cohoes outside of Albany.

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The New York Primary race is heating up as candidates from both parties are crisscrossing the state in hopes of securing the all-important delegates up for grab on April 19th.

Homelessness in upstate

Mar 28, 2016

The number of homeless New Yorkers seems to be on the rise, so much so that earlier this year a group of millionaires petitioned the state government to raise their taxes permanently from 7.65% to nearly 10% to aid those living in poverty.