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 NYN won another NYSBA accolade for “Best Public Affairs Program.”  Honored with national awards for programs in public affairs, documentary and historical programming categories, Matt is also the producer, writer, editor, and host of the WMHT documentary 'Presidents in Our Backyard.'

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 College at Plattsburgh.  He resides with his family in the Capital Region.

Matt with his 2013 Emmy

Matt with NYN's 2014 New York State Broadcasters Award for "Best Public Affairs Program."


1:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gibson, Eldridge to debate at WMHT

WMHT will hold the second of its two congressional debates on October 16th when Rep. Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge will square off. 

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Share Your Thoughts
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

This Week's 'New York NOW' Poll Question


Who are you supporting in the Attorney General’s race? Click here to take survey


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Health & Environment
1:55 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Farmers helping farmers upstate

To the rest of the world New York is a city, an urban jungle of towering skyscrapers and international culture. But north of the city, New York, the state, is a vast array agricultural enterprises. Farming is and has always been integral to the state economy and a group of young farmers in the Catskills are working together to help each other sustain their new businesses.

Education & History
9:31 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Rochester Race Riots Revisited

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Rochester Race Riots of 1964 when for three long days city residents along Joseph Avenue clashed with police. It got so bad that then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller had to call in the National Guard to help restore order. Over 1,000 people were arrested and hundreds were injured.