MaryLynn Ryan


MaryLynn Ryan is Vice President and Bureau chief of the Southeast region for CNN/U.S .

Ryan oversees the network’s editorial direction of coverage for the Atlanta, Miami and Dallas bureaus. Ryan is based in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta.

Ryan has served as bureau chief of the Southeast region since 2004. Most recently she oversaw such stories

Charleston Church Shooting, South Carolina Flag removal, Waco Biker Shooting and Georgia Hot Car Death.

Ryan shepherded CNN’s extensive coverage of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster,with her team and CNN winning the Peabody the Peabody Award the most comprehensive coverage of the disaster.

Ryan was an integral part of the planning and execution of the network’s Peabody award winning Hurricane Katrina reporting.

Previously, Ryan served as managing editor of CNN/U.S. In this capacity, she has overseen news events such as the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy and the war in Iraq, as well as coordinating the network’s daily programming, working with executive producers and newsgathering units to facilitate news coverage.

Prior to this position, Ryan was deputy managing editor at HLN, guiding editorial content and breaking news. She also was instrumental in working with executive producers and show teams to successfully deliver younger audiences, which included the network redesign of HLN in August 2001.

Previously, Ryan was executive producer and helped develop the program CNN Newsite in March 2001. Before this, she was executive producer for the program Street Sweep, which was simulcast on both CNN/U.S. and CNNfn and televised from above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Ryan joined CNN in 1995 as producer for CNN’s interactive TalkBack Live. During this time, she oversaw on-location production for the Susan Smith trial in Union, S.C., and the Newseum in Arlington, Va. She also helped spearhead TalkBack’s live Olympic coverage during the 1996 Games in Atlanta, including the Olympic Park bombing, where she was a member of the newsroom team that won an Emmy for its coverage.

Before joining CNN, Ryan was an executive producer for WJW in Cleveland, where she covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. She has also served has executive producer for Cleveland’s WKYC 11 p.m. newscast. While at WKYC, Ryan was nominated for an Emmy three times as best newscast producer and won an Emmy as well as a Woman in Communication Award for a program called Three on 3.

Ryan has also worked at all three stations in Buffalo, N.Y., including helping to launch a 5 p.m. newscast for both WKBW and WIVB. She began her career at WGRZ in 1983 as an overnight producer eventually becoming noon newscast line producer in 1985. In 2012 Ryan was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, honored for her work as a Journalist on the National scene.

A Buffalo, New York native, Ryan is a graduate of Cansius College in Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in communication.