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  APRIL RYAN
White House Correspondent for Urban Radio Networks


April Ryan, a 32-year journalism veteran, has been the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three presidents. Along with daily responsibilities at the White House, Ryan hosts the daily feature, The White House Report, which is broadcast to AURN’s nearly 475 affiliated stations nationwide. Ryan also hosts a new Digital television program for Colours TV called the White House Report with April Ryan where minority America is given the White House perspective on matters specific to their community. Ryan is also a regular panelist on Washington Watch with Roland Martin for TV ONE.

 

Over the past 14 years, Ryan has conducted one-on-one interviews with then presidential candidate Barak Obama and Michelle Obama, and a host of others presidential leaders. In January 2009, Ryan provided presidential perspectives and insights on the inauguration of Barack Obama for TVOne and its historic coverage of the ceremony. In February 2008 April Ryan conducted an exclusive interview on Africa with President Bush in the Oval Office. Ryan traveled to Mexico and Trinidad with President Obama in May 2009.

 

April also traveled aboard AirForce One and interviewed President and Mrs. Bush while flying to the Gulf Coast for the Hurricane Katrina One year anniversary. In 2006, Ryan has also traveled with First Lady Laura Bush to Mississippi to meet with New Orleans Hurricane Katrina survivors. In September 2005, Ryan flew to Haiti with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While under the protection of the United Nations Blue Helmet Security forces, April Ryan has also traveled to Africa on presidential missions with President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and President George W. Bush. April Ryan’s career has also afforded April the opportunity to travel to China and Switzerland.

 

She is the author of two books “The Presidency In Black and White” and “At Mama’s Knee”

 

Over the years many of her breaking news stories and interviews have found their way to the pages of some of the nation’s top newspapers. Those stories have also been featured in television newscasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and FOX. April Ryan was elected July 14, 2011 to serve on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association for a three-year term. She is one of only three African Americans in the association’s 97-year history to serve on the WHCA board. In 1997, Ryan was named one of the Outstanding Young Women in America. The Baltimore native is a second generation Morgan State University graduate. April Ryan is also a proud mother of two daughters.

 

Among her many accolades and various duties, Ryan also served as The Washington Insider for the Art Fennell Reports Show on Comcast Network. POLITICO has named Ryan, one of the top 50 in Washington to watch for 2011-2012.