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

Ways To Connect

Hard to believe but inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt are still on the loose in northern New York after their improbable escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.  

The Rockefeller Institute and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School will be holding a forum June 16th entitled "Budgets and the Balance of Power: The Lasting Impact of Silver v. Pataki and How It Shapes the Future of Government in New York State."

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The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation proposed changes to the Unit Management Plan for the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor.  The ongoing debate over what to do with the historic, but in some spots unused, railroad section has been going on for years.  The agencies opened up the issue for public comment in 2013 and has now offered up changes.  They are:

- Removing the rail infrastructure within the Corridor between the Village of Tupper Lake and the Village of Lake Placid and establishing a multiple-use recreational trail; 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has had a rough first half of 2015. 

Ellory Smith/WMHT

While the New York State Senate was set to swear-in a new majority leader, Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) stood up to remind everyone that this was not a celebratory moment