John Ryan joined KUOW as its first full-time investigative reporter in 2009 and took on the environment beat in 2018. He focuses on climate change, energy, and the ecosystems of the Puget Sound region. He has also investigated toxic air pollution, landslides, failed cleanups, and money in politics for KUOW.
Over a quarter century as an environmental journalist, John has covered everything from Arctic drilling to Indonesian reef bombing. He has been a reporter at NPR stations in southeast and southwest Alaska (KTOO-Juneau and KUCB-Unalaska) and at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. John’s stories have won multiple national awards for KUOW, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi awards for Public Service in Radio Journalism and for Investigative Reporting, national Edward R. Murrow and PMJA/PRNDI awards for coverage of breaking news, and a Society of Environmental Journalists award for in-depth reporting.
He is a shop steward for KUOW’s SAG-AFTRA newsroom union and believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
John welcomes tips, documents and feedback from listeners. Reach him at email@example.com or for secure, encrypted communication, he's at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-401-405-1206 on the Signal messaging app.
Languages: English, some Spanish
Professional Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA shop steward
Seattle scientist and conservationist Estella Leopold has died at the age of 97.
Air pollution is making it hard for some Washington state flowers to get pollinated, according to a new study in the journal Science.
In a mossy stretch of forest on Washington state’s outer coast, streets and sidewalks have appeared in recent weeks.
In a remote stretch of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, streets and sidewalks have appeared. The Quinault Indian Nation spent a decade trying to move its village of Taholah out of reach of rising seas.
A loggerhead sea turtle, usually found in warmer waters farther south, was rescued from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Four cities in western Washington burn their sewage sludge: Anacortes, Bellingham, Lynnwood, and Vancouver, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The baby orca known as J60 is missing and presumed dead, according to the Center for Whale Research.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner has identified all five victims of a deadly crash on state Route 512 in Puyallup early on the morning of Jan. 14.
Many American roadways are built for speed. One road north of Seattle is even named for it: the Mukilteo Speedway.
Energy utilities in Washington and Oregon asked their customers to curtail gas and electricity usage on Saturday after the Northwest’s largest storehouse of natural gas shut down amid extreme cold temperatures.