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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The shoving of a 75-year-old protestor in Niagara Square on Thursday has drawn attention and criticism from around the world. Mayor Byron Brown is now responding to how the Buffalo Police Department handled the incident, and what it means for the community going forward.

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According to multiple reports, all 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team have resigned from the team as a show of support for the two officers who were suspended Thursday night.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visited both Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Buffalo General Hospital, Thursday, for a tour of the work the facilities are doing in both treatment and research on COVID-19. He also participated in a roundtable discussion with local business leaders on what they're doing to ensure safe re-openings.

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A call by some community members to reduce police funding in Buffalo for the upcoming fiscal year did was unsuccessful Thursday, as the Common Council voted to pass the spending plan by a six-to-three margin in a virtual special session.

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Officials in the Buffalo Police Department addressed the vehicular ramming of officers on Bailey Avenue Monday night, but questions remain.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday to help curb the possibility of violent incidents stemming from civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

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Another day of protest in Buffalo started peacefully, but ended with violence. 

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Niagara Square was the epicenter of a large protest Saturday night which triggered unrest and a heavy police response. Civic leaders now have said non-local, and violent groups could be behind it. 


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One University at Buffalo doctor is looking at how schools can learn lessons from a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a warship in the Pacific Ocean.


Chautauqua County

Some have raised questions on the practicality of grouping southern counties in with Erie County and Western New York, as opposed to the Southern Tier in re-opening plans.

  

University at Buffalo

New York State has been a large proponent of wide scale COVID-19 antibody testing, even though the World Health Organization has casted doubts about it.

Independent Health

Phone scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to their advantage. 


First responders took part in a special tribute to nurses at several Buffalo hospitals on Wednesday.


The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the eight counties of Western New York climbed to 1,948 on Saturday. Of that total, the vast majority are in Erie County: 1,558.

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It’s a move many in the upstate healthcare industry are resisting. But Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s about saving lives and containing the COVID-19 outbreak.


Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals

It’s the third year of Black Restaurant Week sponsored by the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals. Its President, Mark Glasgow, is hoping the event will draw people from all across Buffalo to experience what the African American community has to offer.


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The Buffalo Museum of Science is celebrating National Engineers Week with a wide range of engineering disciplines and daily interactive activities.

Should body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting be released to the public by the Buffalo Police Department? It's a question that doesn't have a black and white answer among Common Council members.

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Ellicott District representative Darius Pridgen will continue to lead Buffalo’s Common Council as president in 2020.

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Buffalo's Common Council has two fresh faces on it in the new year.


5G coverage from AT&T is now live in Buffalo. The Queen City is part of a select group of markets that will get to experience the faster network from the mobile provider before it goes nationwide.

City of Buffalo

The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will once again return to downtown Buffalo.

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Competitive video gaming, also known as eSports, has been growing in popularity at colleges around the country and now, two Buffalo public high schools have teams.


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Runners converged on Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue on a cold Thanksgiving morning for the 124thannual YMCA Turkey Trot.

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Retired drug enforcement agent Joseph Bongiovanni is facing federal bribery charges in Buffalo. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy said the 21-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration used his position to take pressure off friends and associates who had links to Italian organized crime and the drug trade.


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Cancer treatment centers around the nation are experiencing critical shortages of vital pediatric cancer drugs, that impact is being felt at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.


A food waste receptacle on Elmwod Avenue
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The City of Buffalo is taking aim at reducing food waste with a new initiative in the Elmwood Village.

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New renderings for redevelopment of Buffalo’s former Women & Children’s Hospital were up for review at a community forum Wednesday night. The project, dubbed Elmwood Crossing, would be mixed-use with condos, townhomes, a boutique hotel and an urban-style grocery store.

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Much of the current focus on immigration into the United States remains on the country’s southern border. But in Buffalo, a local organization continues to serve as a beacon of hope for individuals and families fleeing war-torn and unstable nations.


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One person remains unaccounted for following an overnight fire on Elmwood Avenue.

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