April Danielle Ryan
April Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. Ryan is also the author of the best-selling book, The Presidency In Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America. The Presidency in Black and White was named by NBC NEWS as one of 14 books to read during Black History Month, 2015. As a White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief, Ryan has been afforded the opportunity to write her book through her daily responsibilities at the White House, including hosting the daily feature, The White House Report, which is broadcast to AURN’s nearly 300 radio affiliates. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unique insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents. Prior to working for AURN, Ryan worked for several radio stations in Baltimore, including WXYV-FM, where she was news director. Over the past 18 years, Ryan has conducted one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Senator John Kerry and a host of others. Ryan has been credited by a White House historian as having the most radio interviews with then President Bill Clinton during his White House years. The Baltimore native is a second generation Morgan State University graduate (following in her mother’s footsteps). She is the daughter of Robert C. Ryan Sr. and the late Vivian Ryan. April Ryan is also the proud mother of two daughters. Ryan has appeared as a roundtable panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and on CBS’s Face the Nation. Ryan also analyzed the changing political climate for then President-Elect Barack Obama on NBC’s Today Show. Ryan is also a regular guest on MSNBC and fill in host on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Ryan was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists – Salute to Excellence Award for Radio-Public Affairs: Interview/Discussion – April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks “Interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan.” The 2014 recipient of the Capital Press Clubs North Star, Voice of Black America Award. POLITICO has named Ryan, one of the top 50 in Washington to watch for 2011-2012. April Ryan was seated in 2013 to the Board of Trustees of Cambridge College in Massachusetts.