A Lockport native, Ryan Whalen is grateful to be able to work in the area in which he grew up. With almost a decade on the Spectrum News 1 team, Ryan loves keeping people informed about what’s going on in their community and breaking down the larger issues in order for his viewers to quickly and easily digest them.

While Ryan has covered countless meaningful stories, one that sticks out to him is his coverage of a little boy who was born with heart issues and was continuously in and out of surgery. Witnessing the strength and bravery this boy and his family brought forth each day is something that inspires Ryan to always keep a positive outlook on life.

When it comes to the best kept secret in Buffalo, Ryan claims it’s the large and diverse craft brewery industry. While most locals are aware of the great beer in the area, the rest of the world is only just starting to find out. Owner of the cutest dog in Buffalo, Ryan loves to spend time with his wife Katarina and their pup, Ernie.

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