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 @rzunnermedia. Email him at rzunner@wbfo.org

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Healthcare workers of the CWA Union Local 1168 are picketing this afternoon at Kaleida Health facilities to call for 'safe staffing' levels.


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A new mural has been unveiled today in the Old First Ward which combines symbolic elements of the LGBTQ+ and Native American communities.

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On Saturday the House is voting on the Delivering for America Act, a Postal Service relief package which would include $25 billion and seek to limit operational changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

College students across Western New York are gearing up to head back to the classrooms, but two local schools already have a COVID-19 case on its hands.

A recent Supreme Court ruling found that a large portion of Oklahoma still falls into Native American Territory for the Muscogee Creek Tribe and other Midwestern tribes.


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Local advocates joined state-wide partners in a virtual rally focused on the overlapping of the environment, COVID-19, racism, and the economy.


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Buffalo State College students are spending the remainder of the week moving into campus housing.

How families talk with children about racism, bullying, and stress of a COVID-19 world is the center of the Black Lives Matter Children’s March taking place at 4:30 PM today from City Hall to Arlington Park.

The idea came after members of the Allies for Black Justice (ABJ) heard from parents at past rallies. Co-organizer Melissa, who didn’t want her last name used, said children are the future, and how they view these topics starts at home.

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The last iron beam was added to TMP Technologies' new facility at the former Bethlehem Steel site. TMP becomes the first tenant to the 150-acre commerce park owned by the Erie County-backed Industrial Land Development Corporation.

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Some of the first pieces of timber to the Key Bank Roundhouse which will house an historic carousel at Canalside were added today. The building will sit on the central wharf area of Canalside, and is being funded by a $5.3 million dollar public-private partnership.

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A new Hampton Inn in Amherst will be the first hotel to receive a Universal Design certification through the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning.

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Western New York activists are standing in solidarity to condemn what they see as an overreaching approach by federal authorities in Portland, Oregon.

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The Buffalo Bandits will soon have some new competition out on the floor, as the National Lacrosse League announced today they will be awarding an expansion franchise to Fort Worth, Texas starting in the 2021-2022 season.

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Work on revitalizing the Seneca One Tower downtown has been back on track. 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that malls in New York State will be allowed to reopen as soon as Friday, with restrictions mainly levied against their HVAC systems.

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A video released by the group Resign Now Byron Brown is promoting a petition for city residents to call for the resignation of Buffalo’s four-term mayor.

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Sharon Belton-Cottman has been re-appointed the president of the Buffalo Board of Education. West District member Jennifer Mecozzi was also nominated for the position, but failed to garner enough votes to take the president’s position.

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A social media feud has been brewing between Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw over the health and safety of staff in the Rath Building.


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Educators from across Western New York gathered yesterday on the steps of Buffalo City Hall for the second time as an act of solidarity to combat systemic racism in the education system.


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The Industrial Land Development Corporation met Monday night for the first time since December and announced progress on redeveloping the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. 

 


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Mayor Byron Brown, on Monday, made his first comments about WBFO photos that show Buffalo police officers covering their name tags with tape while guarding the mayor’s Hamlin Park home.


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A Buffalo police lieutenant has been suspended and an internal affairs investigation is underway after a viral video showed him calling a woman filming him a vulgar term during an incident Sunday in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

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The latest phase of Buffalo’s reform agenda includes three new initiatives that will adjust fees and fines on low-income city residents.

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As Major League Baseball plans an abbreviated 60-game season, the Toronto Blue Jays have yet to make a determination on where they will play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has led to chatter the Jays could make Buffalo their home for the summer.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the electoral process a bit different this year for some, but Erie County’s Board of Elections has been hard at work ensuring every vote is counted, no matter how or where you voted.


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New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting public hearings on the interactions between police and the public during weeks of mass protests across the state, including in Buffalo.


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The City of Buffalo is taking a new approach to increase outdoor seating at local restaurants.

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Niagara County will see another round of federal cleanup funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Buffalo State College has established a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship that aims to "lift up future African American leaders who support racial justice an equity efforts in their communities."

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The two Buffalo Police officers seen on a viral WBFO video pushing a 75-year-old protestor and causing injury Thursday night have been arraigned on felony assault charges.

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