Ryan Zunner

Reporter

Ryan Zunner joined WBFO in the summer of 2018 as an intern, before working his way up to reporter the following summer. 

 

Ryan hails from Kenmore, NY, attending Kenmore West High School and the Big Picture Learning Program before taking his collegiate studies to Hilbert College in the digital media and communications department. Expected to graduate in 2021, he’s been active as a member of the school’s newspaper, radio station, and Division III men’s lacrosse team.

 

While still in high school Ryan founded The Kenmore Post, a digital community newspaper serving Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda. He led the paper from its inception as editor-in-chief and lead political reporter, garnering thousands of dedicated readers along the way.

 

As an Oneida Native American of the Six Nations Reserve in Southern Ontario, he has also been active in covering Native issues. In 2016, Ryan was a regular on “Let’s Talk Native with John Kane”, a syndicated news talk show concerning political, social, and economic issues facing Native Americans across the continent. Ryan has continued to cover important issues in Indian Country for WBFO. 

 

While with WBFO, Ryan was a co-recipient of the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Outstanding Spot News award for coverage of Valentino Dixon’s exoneration from prison in 2018. He's also been able to share his reporting nationally, on both MSNBC and NPR in 2020. 

 

Before coming to WBFO, he had intern stints at the Investigative Post, and Spectrum News Buffalo. He also works for the National Lacrosse League, serving as the Buffalo Bandits beat reporter for the league website. 

 

When not in the newsroom, Ryan can usually be found on a lacrosse field, as he’s travelled all over the U.S. and Canada playing the ancestral game he loves. Ryan also enjoys seeing live music, and playing guitar in his favorite genre of blues. 

 

You can follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryanzreports. Email him at rzunner@wbfo.org

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The crematory contained within the Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, which in the past had gotten in trouble for clean air law violations, may soon be on the move.

  

Erie County’s long planned broadband internet program is starting to make some important headway. 

Niagara Falls State Park will be getting an upgrade to one of its centerpiece facilities.

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The Local Initiatives Support Corporation held its annual community development awards via Zoom. The honors seek to recognize organizations and individuals in their efforts to better the area through action. 

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The Toronto Blue Jays will again use Buffalo's Sahlen Field for scheduled home games beginning later this baseball season. To make way for their Major League Baseball partner, the hometown Bisons are announcing they'll call Trenton, NJ "home" as it prepares to open its 2021 season.

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The public comments phase of the months-long City of Buffalo’s state-mandated Commission on Police Reform ended today.  

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On the heels of the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to extend the federal tax deadline from April 15 to May 17, New York State has decided to do the same.

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The University at Buffalo’s new entrepreneur incubator space is now officially open. It’s located at the university’s Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, and looks to foster start-up companies in those fields.

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Schools provide much more than just an academic education to students, especially those in underserved or low-income populations.

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A group of local female physicians are banding together to help Western New Yorkers navigate the often frustrating process of securing a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 

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The Broadway Market is gearing up for its first Easter season with customers back walking the aisles since COVID-19 forced the Buffalo staple to offer only curbside pickup last holiday.

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One of the three ships on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is in need of some vital emergency repairs. 

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The Equality Act passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday is being hailed as a landmark bill for LGBTQ rights.

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COVID restrictions are being loosened to allow bars and restaurants in New York to remain open an extra hour starting this weekend.

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A New York State Supreme Court judge has filed a temporary order lifting the 10pm dining curfew for some area restaurants. 

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Much of Erie County is forecasted to be hit by the brunt of severe winter weather Friday night.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo provides an update on the status of the coronavirus in New York State.

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At 11:30 AM, Governor Cuomo will host a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. 

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The Erie County Legislature passed a resolution in support of a statewide bill that would place a cap on the rates third-party companies could charge restaurants.

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After decades of talk, it appears the Skyway connecting Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to downtown may start to be torn down sometime this year. 

  

A Western New York man has been charged in relation to the storming of the Capitol last week.

   

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Restaurants in Erie County gained a key victory in court for their effort to welcome back dine-in guests. 

Amazon is setting its sights on Western New York expansion once again, this time in Hamburg.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein host an update on the latest situation of COVID-19 in Erie County, goes live at 2:00 PM.

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Buffalo’s first home NFL playoff game in 25 years gave a big boost to restaurants who were able to host outdoor viewing parties. But, now with the Bills moving onto the next round, restaurant owners are showing concern due to the 8:00 PM start time.


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A group of over 70 area restaurants will head back to State Supreme Court Friday in hopes of reversing the governor’s executive orders which have shuttered the doors to customers. 

  

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Congress will have to reconvene for a full House vote in Washington Monday if they want to pass a new stimulus package. 

Water in the village of Mayville is now safe for drinking, cooking, and other household uses.

The Chautauqua County Health department is increasing its COVID-19 testing abilities over the next two weeks. 


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A statewide environmental coalition held a demonstration in front of the Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo Tuesday night to rally support for a state bill that would target corporate polluters.

 


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