Meet your IPC: Ryan Hawes

Interviewed by Scott McIntosh

Ryan is the news director at KBOI2 News and is a member of the Idaho Press Club board.

Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up?

A: I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington.

Q: How and why did you get into TV journalism?

A: My parents were big fans of local news. As a young child, I watched it with them every day. I didn’t care so much for the news, but enjoyed the interaction between the people who delivered the news. Little did I know at the time, the relationship I watched the team build would shape the teams I help create much later in life. I got my first job at the station I watched – KIMA TV. Walking in the station as an employee for the first time will always be a career highlight.

Q: It looks like you’ve always been on the producer side. Have you ever wanted to be in front of the camera?

A: When I was young, I wanted to anchor. As soon as I got my first job and learned the different roles in a newsroom, I realized producing was for me.

Q: What’s the hardest part about being a producer? News director?

A: Producing is really fun. If you like to create content and organize it, there isn’t a better job. There are a lot of details involved in producing a show, but the process is really fun. The hardest part is when shows don’t go the way you envisioned them to go.

Being a News Director is awesome! You get to see a hard-working team of people put together great content day-in and day-out. The hardest part is how little time there is in each day.

Q: Where else have you worked?

A: I have worked in Yakima (KIMA-TV), Portland (KATU and KPTV), Nashville (WSMV) and here in Boise (KBOI).

Q: Tell us about your time in Nashville. Were you just itching to get back to the Northwest?

A: My time in Nashville was incredible! I loved every second of it and would go back in a heartbeat. During my time there, my wife and I had a child. We wanted to raise her closer to grandparents here in the Northwest and are thankful we have had that opportunity.

Q: What’s the most memorable story you’ve ever been involved in?

A: The teams around me have produced some incredible stories over the years. The ones I can’t get out of my head involved children battling deadly diseases or families dealing with the loss of loved ones who died fighting for our freedom. I am amazed at the strength of the human spirit. People in every city I have lived help each other, care for each other and love each other. It’s a beautiful thing and something I will always be thankful I have been able to witness and share with audiences.

Q: What’s the future of local TV news?

A: I am more excited today about the future of local news than I ever have been. Our communities need the content we produce. As an industry, we are figuring out how to deliver important content that impacts our audiences on multiple platforms! KBOI is fortunate to be part of a company committed to reaching audiences everywhere. All of these opportunities make the product you see on local TV better.

Q: Any advice for young journalists?

A: Write. Write. Write.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as a board member of the Idaho Press Club?

A: I hope to grow the Idaho Press Club’s influence on Idaho media. The Idaho Press Club can serve as a great resource for local journalists and more need to know it exists.