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Ryan Robertson

News Director
Credit: WOI

Ryan Robertson joined Local 5 in May of 2020.

Ryan comes from a long line of storytellers. His grandfather was a New York Times bestselling science-fiction author and his great, great aunt was Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.

While his family excelled in writing fiction, Ryan dedicated his talents to telling folks the truth. Ryan firmly believes as the Fourth Estate, journalism, is an integral part to the function of our Republic.

Ryan’s journalism background is fairly diverse. He’s been a reporter, producer, anchor, assignment manager, studio camera operator, audio board operator and newscast director. He’s also spent time in public media writing stories for radio and helping produce several documentaries.

Ryan is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate. He’s married with two kids, a dog and a couple cats as well. When he’s not in the newsroom or out in the field, you can usually find Ryan exploring the outdoors, playing chess with his son or helping coach his daughter in softball.

If you have a story you’d like to see Local 5 cover, please send Ryan an email at rrobertson@weareiowa.com!