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 was also the producer, writer, editor, and host of the WMHT documentary 'Presidents in Our Backyard.'  He filled the same roles in 2014 for the documentary "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 his 2013 Emmy

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

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New York State knows a little something about severe weather.

Since Governor Cuomo took office, The Empire State has dealt with devastating storms in nearly every corner.  In 2011, Tropical Storms Irene and Lee battered a large swath of upstate, the next year Superstorm Sandy punished New York City and Long Island and just last November a freak lake-effect blizzard pummeled Buffalo suburbs. 

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This week we discuss the book Andrew Cuomo probably doesn't want you to read.

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A big part of Andrew Cuomo's legacy as governor has been his ability to get an on-time budget after years of late spending plans.  This year in his "drive for five" he came up short by three hours. Early Wednesday morning, April 1, the Assembly gave final approval on a budget that has seen its share of controversy, particularly with regard to the education bill.  To that end, we will sit down with Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association to discuss its impact.

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Will March go out like a lamb or a lion?  Politically speaking, it appears the former.

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