Today’s honoree for our continued profiles of women inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame brings us MaryLynn Ryan, who was inducted in 2012 for her stellar career behind-the-scenes in TV news, the last 17 years with the nationâ€™s first cable news network, CNN.
Ryan is currently bureau chief of the Southeast region for CNN/US and director of CNNâ€™s Weather Unit. She oversees the networkâ€™s editorial coverage in the Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and Dallas bureaus as well as the weather team. Ryan is based at CNNâ€™s world headquarters in Atlanta.
Ryan has served as bureau chief of CNNâ€™s Southeast region since 2004. She has overseen CNNâ€™s coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the Fort Hood and Virginia Tech mass shootings and Hurricane Katrina â€“ coverage that has won Peabody and other awards. Previously, Ryan served as managing editor of CNN/US. She joined the network as a producer in 1995.
Ryanâ€™s career began in Buffalo. She worked in all three of the local TV news departments. Ryan helped launch 5pm newscasts on WKBW, Channel 7 and WIVB, Channel 4. She began her career in 1983, working as an overnight producer at WGRZ, Channel 2.
From Buffalo, Ryan headed to Cleveland, where she worked as an executive producer at two TV news operations â€“ WJW and WKYC. At WKYC, Ryan was nominated for an Emmy three times as best newscast producer. She won an Emmy and a Woman in Communication Award for the program Three on 3.
Ryan has covered many of the groundbreaking stories of our time. In addition to the ones mentioned above, she has worked on coverage of the Columbia space shuttle tragedy, the war in Iraq, the 1996 Olympic Games and the Olympic Park bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing and the OJ Simpson murder trial.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute 2012 inductee MaryLynn Ryan as a part of National Women’s History Month.