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.

Ways to Connect

Veteran Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) will debate Republican challenger Joe Vitollo on October 20th at WMHT.   The hour-long affair will be broadcast live in the North Greenbush studio and live-streamed on 

Jenna Flanagan/WMHT

Agriculture is a three and-a-half billion-dollar industry in New York. With over 35-thousand farms, food producers need as much help as they can get to produce an abundant crop. However, some say a key component in fruit and vegetable farming is experiencing a population decline, causing the state to create a task force to study the health of pollinators.

Karen DeWitt

New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union about what Donald Trump needs to do at the national convention. Cox, the son-in-law of President Richard Nixon, also shares memories of his first convention during the turbulence of 1968, and discusses tactics to boost participation by minorities.

This fall WMHT-TV will bring you a live debate between congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso on October 13th.

The contest in the 19th Congressional District has been one of the most-watched in the country for the last three election cycles.  It's almost been one of the most expensive.  This year with Rep. Chris Gibson not seeking election, Teachout and Faso emerged victorious in their June primary battles. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs have come under the microscope in 2016, most recently due to the underwhelming performance of Start-Up NY.