White House correspondent
American Urban Radio Networks
As the White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, April Ryan has been asking tough questions of presidential administrations since 1997.
One of the only African-American reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Ryan covers urban issues, bringing readers and listeners a minority perspective on current events via more than 300 radio affiliates and her “Fabric of America” news blog. In 2017, she became a CNN political analyst and regularly provides insights on current political and race relations news.
A Baltimore resident, Ryan graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news. She worked at several radio stations, including WXYV-FM, before heading to the nation’s capital.
Though her questions have made many White House officials bristle over the years, Ryan’s inquiries about race issues have been met with hostility from Trump administration officials. Last year, Ryan released her third book, “Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House,” which details how she and other correspondents are dealing with an administration that dubs the mainstream media an “enemy of the people.”
Ryan has also written “The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America” and “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.”