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Kathryn Ryan grew up in Dunedin and has also lived in Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington.
She took a circuitous route into journalism, which included completing a BA degree in History and Education, two years teacher training, and six years running a sports and recreation centre, before completing Canterbury University's post-graduate journalism course.
Over the last decade and and a half Kathryn has had wide-ranging journalism and broadcasting experience in the print, radio and television industries.
She joined Radio New Zealand in 1999 and spent six years reporting on Parliament in Radio New Zealand's Press Gallery office, the last three as Radio New Zealand's political editor, before taking up the Nine to Noon role in May 2006. She has also been a guest commentator on TVNZ’s current affairs programmes.
Kathryn has covered the last six general elections in various roles, but she is not just a political animal.
During her youth she had ten years stage experience in speech, drama and singing, and she pursued an active sports career until journalism took over.
Kathryn is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and enjoys writing poetry and short stories.
She has travelled widely throughout New Zealand and visited around 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the United States, and Antarctica.
Interviews conducted during her visit to Scott Base, Antarctica in December 2011 can be accessed through the links page on the Nine to Noon webpage.
Her other interests include movies, good food and wine, the great outdoors, tramping and sea swimming.
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