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April Danielle Ryan

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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.

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