Teya Ryan is a 30-year broadcast media veteran whose passion for storytelling, curiosity for the world around her and innovative ideas have earned her leadership roles at venerable broadcast operations including PBS, CNN, TBS, and now, GPB Media.
With a career that includes broadcast management, production and content creation, Ryan brings a wealth of experience to her role as President and CEO of GPB Media; a role she was appointed to in March 2009.
With nine television stations covering the state of Georgia, GPB is the third largest PBS system based on population in the nation. During her tenure at GPB, Ryan has increased the television ratings by fifty percent, and the station has continually been recognized for top quality production. In the last five years, GPB has been awarded with more than fifty Southeast EMMY awards, and has garnered the station the top EMMY award for overall Station Excellence. This is the first time in its history that GPB was honored with this top award.
Ryan also negotiated a partnership to bring GPB radio to the Atlanta market for the first time in the company’s history of more than fifty years. Already a large radio system across Georgia with seventeen radio stations, now GPB Radio is available in the state's largest media market.
Ryan has also fostered the combining of resources at GPB Media so that all editorial is cross-platform and designed to meet the new demands of today’s interactive media environment.
On the digital side, Ryan has built up the GPB Educational division to become Georgia's largest digital educator. In the last school year, more than 80,000 Georgia K-12 educators downloaded materials from GPB Education 8.3 million times.
Before joining GPB Media, Ryan served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN/US, where she was in charge of all network programming, daily editorial, breaking news, on-air graphics and new program development. She headed up CNN during the 2003 war with Iraq, supervising all programming during the global conflict.
Ryan is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including seven Emmys, four Cable Ace Awards and being named one of the ten most powerful women in media by Crain Media. Ryan is also the recipient of the 2012 POW Award for achievement in business from Womenetics.
Her professional affiliations and civic involvement include serving as a board member for Oxfam America, an organization that works globally to eradicate poverty; serving as a vice president and founding member of The Society for Environmental Journalists; serving as vice president of the board for LEAD International, a non-profit organization supported by the Rockefeller Foundation designed to educate emerging business leaders from around the world in sustainable development; serving as vice president of the board for the Verde Valley School, a secondary school in Sedona, Arizona; and being active with Women in Film and The Women’s Leadership Forum.
Ryan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley and lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
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