Besides his duties with ABC News Radio, Jim Ryan has held one full-time job in his life — as a reporter/anchor for News/Talk 820AM WBAP in Fort Worth/Dallas.
In his three-decade career, Ryan has covered hundreds of stories of national and international interest, including the 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; the murders of 15 people by a Mexican drug cult in 1989; the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff and fire in Waco, Texas; the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and nearly two dozen hurricanes — including Hurricane Mitch, which killed 10,000 Central Americans in 1998. The following year, Ryan was dispatched to Columbine, Colorado, where two high school students had murdered 12 classmates, a teacher and then themselves.
Ryan was embedded aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation in the spring of 2003 and watched as some of the opening salvos of Operation Iraqi Freedom were fired from the Persian Gulf.
He was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, when Hurricane Katrina made her first swipe at the U.S. mainland, and then quickly made his way to New Orleans, where he witnessed the fury of the most destructive storm in American history as Katrina crashed ashore a second time.
In February 2014, Ryan covered the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Ryan is a two-time recipient of the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. He also has received top national honors from Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and has twice been named Best Radio Reporter by the Headliners Club of Austin. Ryan has received numerous awards and commendations from the Houston Press Club, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the Press Club of Dallas.
Ryan and his wife, Beth, are the parents of two children — Rebecca and James.