As an education reporter, Mackenzie Ryan chronicles the effect of school reform and investigates decisions that impact children.

As a storytelling coach and host, she works with everyday people to tell their true, first-person story in front of a live audience.

Mackenzie’s won state, regional and national awards for investigative, enterprise and education reporting, including a prestigious National Award for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.

Before moving to Iowa, Mackenzie worked for FLORIDA TODAY in Melbourne, Florida; the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon; The St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota; and The Gazette in Frederick, Maryland.

Originally from Minnesota, Mackenzie graduated with honors from American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in print journalism and economics. She was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Eagle.