Ryan O’Donnell has been with the Spectrum News team since September of 2019. For him, the best part about his job is getting to keep the community informed on the issues that matter while also helping members of the community, especially children, who need that extra encouragement to succeed. A decorated reporter, Ryan holds three different first place AP awards for his reporting and editing. On top of those, Ryan also holds another three SPJ awards for his work throughout 2003-2004 and is a 2016 Emmy Nominee.
With two decades of journalistic experience, Ryan has been on the front lines of countless meaningful stories. A few he calls out are the heartbreaking deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots during the Yarnell Hill Fire, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that also took the lives of 6 people, including 9 year old Christina Green, and the Gatlinburg wildfires where 14 people died. He describes each of these as a few of the stories that have shaped him as a journalist and a human being, and ones that will always hold a special place in his heart.
Outside of the newsroom, Ryan spends time with his wife and three boys. For him, Charlotte is the perfect fit. With moderate weather, the Outer Banks and Great Smoky Mountains, endless breweries and plenty of opportunities to be out on the water, what more is there to ask for?