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 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."

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

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It's that time of the year where we start to tally up the statistics from 2015.  Below are the top ten most viewed stories on our website since January 1.  Tomorrow we'll post our ten most viewed programs from the year.

#1 - Teacher Union-led boycott of April exams could have far reaching consequences

#2 - Cuomo's 'war' with teachers unions continues

Thank you to our fellow reporters

Dec 29, 2015

This year we were lucky enough to have 18 of the best journalists in the business join us at the Reporters Roundtable.  Here is a list of all of the media members to discuss state politics and public policy with Matt Ryan, Casey Seiler and Karen DeWitt in 2015 and where you can find their work:

Ken Lovett

Mike Gormley

Bill Hammond

Watching the clock

Dec 22, 2015
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At the end of every December , we here at New York NOW will often go through the gobs of footage we accumulated during the year.  One out-of-the-ordinary clip caught our eye from the legislative session. 

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University of Rochester Professor David Hursh has a new book out this week whose title is sure to raise eyebrows.  He'll sit down with our Karen DeWitt to discuss what he calls "The End of Public Education."

This week we examine all the political news making headlines from Manhattan to the State Capitol. 

In New York City, the Dean Skelos corruption trial nears an end as the jury has begun deliberations.  Yancey Roy of Newsday reviews the last week of the trial for the Nassau County legislator.  Also, reporters Rick Karlin and Bill Hammond join us to review the reboot this week announced for the Common Core and we look back at what many have called "The Hunger Games," the annual Regional Economic Development awards.