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

Staff at FeedMore Western New York are spending Earth Day prepping their Holt Street community garden for the upcoming summer season.

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Nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project sitting on a storage site in Niagara County could soon be on the move.

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An arbitration panel has ruled that the Seneca Nation must pay $266 million from their casinos to New York State as part of the long disputed Gaming Compact agreement.

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Early Wednesday morning, a Buffalo police officer and his K9 partner were involved in an accident that resulted in minor injuries to both.

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Jim Whitesell has been tapped as the 14th head coach in University at Buffalo Men's Basketball program history, suceeding Nate Oats who recently left to take the head coaching job at Alabama. On Monday, Whitesall said he hopes to continue the gritty, physical playing style that has become synonymous with Buffalo basketball.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the company which manages the state's ELA testing software has explained why there were computer glitches during testing on Tuesday.

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Special Olympics New York will see $50,000 less in funds from New York State’s budget this fiscal year.

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Buffalo Firefighter Eric Whitehead is continuing to recover from third degree burns he suffered while battling a house fire in January. But he’s focusing on the future and getting back to work.


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An armed man in a ski mask has been holding up businesses across Erie and Niagara counties, and the Town of Tonawanda’s Dash’s Market joined that list of businesses Wednesday morning.

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With new restrictions being proposed for the sale of e-cigarettes in New York, the vaping industry fought back Friday. Store owners, workers and others rallied in downtown Buffalo to present their side of the story.

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Voters in New York have given Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer their lowest ratings ever. According to the latest Siena Research Institute poll, Cuomo’s "favorability rating fell to negative 43-50 percent, down from  51-43 percent last month. His job performance rating fell to 35-64 percent, down from 43-56 percent. Senator Chuck Schumer saw his favorability rating drop to 47-46 percent, down from 53-39 percent in January."

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Buffalo residents are reacting to President Trump’s announcement of a temporary deal to restore operations of the federal government.

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The last time lacrosse was played as an official Olympic sport was 1908. That could change, given a three-year provisional acceptance into the International Olympic Committee for the Federation of International Lacrosse. It gives the sport’s governing body added resources and the option to apply for full-sport status in the future. But as lacrosse continues on track to achieve its Olympic dreams, what about those of the Native American athletes of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team?

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As New York heads perhaps towards a future of regulated recreational marijuana, it calls into question the unique status of Native American reservations. States can pass marijuana laws, but can tribes do the same?

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The Buffalo Bandits hit the turf at Key Bank Center Saturday morning to open up training camp. The weekend was originally scheduled to be the team’s home opener, but a dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement between the players union and team owners delayed the start of the season by two weeks.

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Families utilizing WIC benefits in New York State will say goodbye to paper vouchers. The New York State Department of Health has announced the launch of eWIC, part of a nationwide initiative to streamline the shopping experience for WIC families.

The holiday shopping season got under way Thursday night and. On Friday morning, many area stores opened their doors early for customers, but crowds don’t seem to be coming out the way they used to for Black Friday sales.

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The National Lacrosse League’s 2018-2019 season is in jeopardy of not being played. The league and its players union have been in a bitter labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement.


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The former headquarters of the Buffalo Police Department will soon hit the market.

Native Americans in North Dakota are facing an uphill challenge when it comes to their voting access rights. A recent change to that state’s voting law now requires all voters to have a street address listed on their ID – something many Native Americans living on North Dakota Reservations have never had. But what is the Native perspective on voting in American elections?


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It was one year ago today that the Buffalo Police officer Craig Lehner’s body was recovered by crews in the Niagara River near Broderick Park.

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Visitors to Buffalo’s History Museum and Delaware Park will notice some upgrades to the Museum’s long since sealed portico entrance.

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Tonawanda Coke Corporation, which was found guilty several years ago of violating the federal Clean Air Act and was appealing state effort to revoke its air permits, has submitted a plan to close its operations according to court papers made public Friday.

Residents and businesses along Jefferson Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side will now enjoy the benefits of the city’s newest public wireless internet network.

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