Ryan Spencer

Ryan Spencer is the public safety reporter at Summit Daily News, where he also covers the environment, transportation and the Dillon and Frisco town governments. He joined the team in December 2022 and quickly got to work filing public records requests, asking hard questions of those in power and connecting with local residents.

Having grown up in New England, Ryan attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. In college, he found a passion for journalism and won a national reporting award for an investigative series he worked on with a colleague at the school newspaper. After graduating, he worked for two years on Cape Cod covering the town of Mashpee, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and environmental issues. From there, he went on to cover public safety and criminal justice for The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire, where he developed a focus on police accountability and legal issues.

Always drawn to the mountains, Ryan moved to Summit County to continue his career as a journalist in an area that excited his love for the outdoors. He is deeply dedicated to the public’s right to know about the ongoings of their communities and the important role journalism plays in our democracy. When not digging for his next story, Ryan can be found reading, gardening, backpacking, camping, kayaking, skiing, playing guitar or enjoying live music.

Recent Articles

September 22, 2023 - Alleged juvenile victims continue testimony in trial of former Summit Middle School teacher accused of sexual assault

September 22, 2023 - Volunteers remove an estimated 1,500 pounds of trash from the Blue River

September 21, 2023 - First juvenile testifies following opening arguments in trial of Summit Middle School teacher accused of sexual assault

September 21, 2023 - Dillon Town Council talks more about tiki bar’s future as changes likely remain in store for the marina

September 20, 2023 - Uptown 240 reviewing bids amid bankruptcy sale of Dillon condo project

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