VP and Bureau Chief of the Southeast Region
MaryLynn Ryan is VP and Bureau Chief of the Southeast region for CNN, where she oversees the network's news coverage for the Atlanta, Miami and Dallas bureaus.
MaryLynn Ryan is Vice President and Bureau Chief of the Southeast region for CNN/U.S., where she oversees the network's news coverage for the Atlanta, Miami and Dallas bureaus, with her teams concentrating on news in the Southeast, the Gulf Coast and Texas.
She and her team were recently awarded an Edward R. Murrow for their coverage of the Charlotte Riots in 2016. Ryan also helped lead CNN's comprehensive coverage of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster and Hurricane Katrina, earning CNN two George Foster Peabody Awards.
Ryan has directed many recent news stories, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Southerland Texas Church shooting, Alabama's Roy Moore senate run and the Texas Customs and Border Protection agents attack.
In 2016 she and her team covered the shooting death of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, the deadly mass terror shooting in the Pulse Nightclub, the deadly alligator attack at a Walt Disney World resort, the ambush of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the sentencing of Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof, fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, flooding in Louisiana and North Carolina, and the HB2-Bathroom bill in North Carolina.
Ryan joined CNN in 1995 as a producer for CNN's interactive TalkBack Live, where she managed the program's coverage of the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and helped the newsroom team that won an Emmy for its coverage. She has served as an executive producer for the program Street Sweep, which simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNNfn from above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. And, she was the deputy managing editor at HLN, where she was instrumental in working with executive producers and show teams to successfully deliver younger audiences and launched the network redesign of HLN. Ryan then went on to become CNN US Managing editor, helping lead the coverage of the Explosion of the Space Shuttle Discovery and Second Gulf War in 2003. She was promoted to CNN Southeast Bureau Chief in 2004.
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 as the executive producer for Cleveland's WKYC 11 p.m. newscast. While at WKYC, Ryan won an Emmy as the best newscast producer. She was also honored with a Woman in Communication Award for a program called Three on 3.
Ryan has worked at all three television stations in Buffalo, New York, including helping to launch a 5 p.m. newscast for both WKBW and WIVB. She began her career at WGRZ in 1983 as on 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 news scene.
A Buffalo native, Ryan is a graduate of Cansius College with a bachelor's degree in communications.