Teya Ryan was named President and Executive Director of GPB on March 18, 2009.
Teya Ryan is a 30-year broadcast media veteran whose passion for storytelling, curiosity for the world around her, and innovative ideas have earned her leadership roles at venerable broadcast operations including PBS, CNN, TBS, and now, GPB Media.
With a career that includes broadcast management, production and content creation, Ms. Ryan brings a wealth of experience to her role as President and Executive Director of GPB Media. She was appointed in March 2009.
Ms. Ryan formerly served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN/US, where she was in charge of all network programming, daily editorial, breaking news, and on-air graphic and new program development. She also helped to develop a cross-platform sales initiative that increased CNN ad sales by $65 million. Before taking on her role with CNN/US, Ms. Ryan served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN Headline News and CNN fn.
Ms. Ryan has also generated a series of television “firsts,” including “Talk Back Live,” the first daily live talk show to incorporate interaction via the Internet. While working jointly for CNN and TBS, Ms. Ryan served as the executive producer for “Network Earth,” the first weekly environmental magazine series.
During her tenure as Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN Headline News, she also pioneered the unique multi-element screen as part of the network redesign launched in 2001. As Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN fn, Ms. Ryan also built the first set for the CNN NewsGroup at both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.
Ms. Ryan’s additional career accomplishments include consulting for PBS on the design of the digital cable network, Public Square. Before joining GPB Media, she led her own multi-platform media company.
In 2012, under her leadership, GPB Media received the Southeast Regional Emmy for Station Excellence. She also received a Womenetics 2012 POW! Award for business innovation. Additionally, Ms. Ryan has won seven Emmys, four Cable Ace Awards and she was named one of the ten most powerful women in media by Crain Media in 2002.
Her civic roles include serving as a board member for Oxfam America; serving as a vice president and founding member of The Society for Environmental Journalists; serving as vice president of the board for LEAD International, serving as vice president of the board for the Verde Valley School, a secondary school in Sedona, Arizona; and being active with Women in Film and The Women’s Leadership Forum. She is also a member of Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees and the Rotary Club of Atlanta.