Profile: Ryan Evans


Story and photo by Tori Grdina, NewsNetNebraska

Ryan Evans never expected a high school graduation requirement to lead him down a career path.

“I took an internship at KZUM, and basically spent the summer filing music and doing some production,” he said. “And eventually I got my own show.”
Evans, 24, has been hosting his folk music radio show, “Tree with Roots,” for about six years at KZUM, a non-profit radio station in Lincoln. Evans completed one semester of college after high school before taking a few years off to work there full-time. Two years ago, he was elected to the board of directors at KZUM and went back to school to get his degree in broadcasting.

“I’d love to do production for NPR someday,” he said. “Ideally I’d love to do something like Ira Glass has with producing ‘This American Life.’ It’s an amazing show.”
Evans also said he’s taken a few news-editorial classes that weren’t required, simply because he found them interesting. He said he’s considering taking a few more and possibly seeking a double major.

“It’s just been within the past year that I’ve really become interested in the news side of things,” he said. “Before I just wanted to push all the buttons, but anymore you really have to know a lot about both.”

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