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Jill Ryan

Producer, Here & Now, WBUR

Jill Ryan is a radio producer for NPR’s Here & Now. Ryan joined Here & Now in 2008 and has produced coverage on stories from the civil war in Syria to the Kenya mall attacks, the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the presidential election of 2012.

She has produced a range of interviews — from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, tennis great Jimmy Connors, actor Michael K. Williams and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

Ryan is behind the Here & Now DJ sessions, crafting features on the music coming out of cities across the country, including Chicago house, Miami reggae and Nashville country.

From 2010- 2012, she also produced and edited Here & Now’s website.

In 2010, she reported in India for PRI’s The World, World Vision Report and Here & Now.  

Before her time at Here & Now, she worked at NPR in Washington, D.C., and at WPFW, a Pacifica station. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2005, magna cum laude.

Recent stories

Philly’s Chiddy Bang: From Mix Tapes To Freestyle World Record

June 20, 2012
Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege (left) and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” of Chiddy Bang. (Courtesy Chiddy Bang)

Philadelphia’s Chiddy Bang started making mix tapes at Drexel University, then one member broke the freestyle world record. Now they’re out with a new album.

Syrian Dissident: ‘We’ve Got Mass Graves Everywhere… We Do Not Want To Negotiate!’

February 07, 2012
Anti-government protesters carry the coffin of a slain protester, draped in the revolutionary flag, during the funeral of two comrades killed in earlier clashes in Idlib, north Syria. (AP)

We spoke with Syrian dissident Danny Abdul Dayem before he escaped from the country.

Rwandan Boy Comes To U.S. For Cancer Treatment

August 25, 2011
Sibo Tuyishimire, age 13, plays a violin he made during his stay in the U.S. for a bone marrow transplant. He's scheduled to return home to Rwanda later this year. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)

Thirteen-year old Sibo Tuyishimire is in the U.S. after receiving a free bone marrow transplant in Boston to treat his Hodgkins Lymphoma. His case highlights the growing problem of cancer in Africa.

A Bitter Gooseberry Is The Indian Cure-All

February 10, 2011
(Flickr/remusse)

If you live in India and you’ve got the cold or flu, you might be told to eat some “amla,” or Indian gooseberry. The fruit is loaded with vitamins and is sold to treat everything from the cold to baldness. But it’s also incredibly sour. We meet one family who earns a living making “amla” taste better.

Steering Around Fruit Carts And Farm Animals On India’s Streets

November 30, 2010
A traffic jam in Ahmedabad, India. (Jill Ryan)

India has the highest number of road fatalities in the world, recently surpassing China, even though China has more people. What is it about India’s roads that make them so dangerous?

Indian Musicians Pass On Traditional Drumming

May 11, 2010
Sheru and Afsul Mayuddin. (Jill Ryan)

A family of traditional musicians in the city of Ahmedabad, India have been playing at one of the city’s historic gates for six generations, but will the younger generation continue the tradition?

The Indie Band ‘The Walkmen’

November 06, 2009

The New York-based rock band “The Walkmen” have been compared to Bob Dylan and U2, but as they age their hard rock sound is giving way to softer ballads. We caught up with the band at a concert in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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