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."

Ways To Connect

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This week's program features a sit-down interview with Senator John DeFrancisco, the senate finance chair.  The Syracuse Republican talks to us about all of the snags that could potentially harm the chances of a fifth straight on-time budget. He also  chimes in on Andrew Cuomo's rocky relationship with the New York State United Teachers. At our Reporters Roundtable we discuss the battle over education and budget season. Watch the full program above.

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Do Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio really like each other?

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made his annual trip to the capital city to testify at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing.  He struck on a familiar theme when talking about the inequality that exists in his city.  Our Matt Ryan was at the hearing and his press conference.  He joins Casey Seiler, Ken Lovett of The Daily News and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio to discuss what happened and the rollercoaster-like relationship between the mayor and Governor Cuomo. 
Watch the full episode:


 

Rep. Chris Gibson bucked many in his party recently by supporting the ban on hydraulic fracturing in New York State.  The Kinderhook congressman explains why in the clip below.

For years Syracuse has debated what to do with the over one mile stretch of Interstate 81 that cuts through the city.  Do they rebuild it or just tear it down?

Right now the highway divides downtown from the booming University Hill area.  Ultimately the decision will rest in the hands of the Federal Government and the NYS DOT but at least one group has come forward with a proposal that they say could connect the city in a way that I-81 can't.

Watch Jenna Flanagan's full story above.

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