Ryan Kath is an award-winning investigative reporter for 41 Action News. He joined the I-team in 2010 after working for four years as a multimedia journalist at the station.
Ryan’s investigative work has earned seven Emmy awards in the past two years.
In 2012, Ryan and his colleagues were honored for their investigative work on five stories: a
questionable multi-million dollar
school district contract; the
of a national nonprofit; plane owners
flying under the tax
violence against nurses
inside KC area hospitals; and a
series of reports
on Missouri River flooding.
In 2011, Ryan’s investigation about
reuniting families with cremated remains
found in an abandoned funeral home, along with an analysis of the
spike in snow days at Kansas City area school districts
earned Emmy recognition.
Ryan’s investigations have also been honored by the Kansas and Missouri Broadcaster’s Associations, the Kansas City Press Club, and an Edward R. Murrow award for his
story about two boys
who rescued a paralyzed man from a pool.
Prior to his Kansas City arrival in 2006, Ryan worked for two years at
KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn
Ryan graduated from
Gustavus Adolphus College
in 2002, and then spent a year working as a newspaper reporter. However, he left the pen and paper behind to attain a master’s degree in
broadcast journalism at Boston University
That is where he met his beautiful wife. They are now proud (and fatigued) parents of two young daughters, along with a mischievous mutt they adopted from
Ryan is an avid sports fan, and he’ll root for the Royals and Chiefs (just as long as they aren’t playing the Twins or Vikings).
On the weekends, you’ll see him chasing down his professional soccer aspirations in the washed-up adult league, desperately hoping to catch the eye of a Sporting KC scout.
Ryan strives to expose problems and question how your taxpayer money is spent. His goal is to tell stories that change government policies and make a difference in the community.
The best investigations start with a tip. Please email Ryan at
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