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Ryan Cleary

Election date
October 14, 2008
Opponent(s) Siobhán Coady (Liberal)
Merv Wiseman (Conservative)
Ted Warren (Green)
Greg Byrne (NL First)
Terry Butler (Independent)
Incumbent Loyola Hearn (Conservative)

Political party New Democratic Party
Alma mater College of the North Atlantic (Stephenville)

Ryan Cleary is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador for almost 20 years. Born in Gander and raised in Riverhead, Harbour Grace, and Bay Roberts, Ryan graduated from the journalism program at the Stephenville campus of the College of the North Atlantic in 1989.

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Journalism Career

As a journalist, Ryan has covered most of the major events in the province over the past two decades. He was fisheries reporter for The Telegram in 1992 when the moratorium was first introduced on northern cod. He considers his months of travel around the province at that time as his greatest education. He also worked as political and investigative reporter and has numerous journalism awards and accolades to attest to his professionalism, competence, and work ethic.

Ryan was the editor-in-chief of The Independent newspaper, which made its mark for an exhaustive six-part cost benefit analysis of Confederation. He has recently hosted the Nightline program on VOCM, and has also worked for The Newfoundland Herald, NTV, and Time Magazine.

Politics

In the October 2008 federal election, Ryan was the New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl, placing a close second. On September 17, 2009, New Democrats nominated Ryan Cleary as the NDP candidate in St. John's South-Mount Pearl in the next federal election.

Awards

2007, finalist, Atlantic Journalism Award, commentary (The Independent, Foreign overfishing). 2004 Atlantic Journalism Gold award, enterprise reporting (The Independent, cost-benefit analysis of Confederation). 2004 Michener Award (highest award in Canada for public-service journalism), finalist (The Independent, cost-benefit analysis of Confederation). 2002, finalist, Atlantic Journalism Award, feature print (The Telegram, Chuck Furey profile). 2001, finalist, Atlantic Journalism Award, feature print (The Telegram, death of Samantha Walsh of Fleur de Lys). 2001 Michener Award, finalist (The Telegram, Freedom of Information project). 2001 Atlantic Journalism Gold award, enterprise reporting (The Telegram, Freedom of Information project). 2000, finalist, Atlantic Journalism Award, continuing coverage (The Telegram, Canadian Coast Guard expenses). 2000, honourable mention, Atlantic Journalism Award, spot news reporting (The Telegram, fire at Virginia Park School in east end St. John's). 1999, Atlantic Journalism Gold award, feature print (The Telegram, Welfare roles, two-part series on social services). 1999, Atlantic Journalism Gold award, continuing coverage (The Telegram, alleged abuse at Whitbourne Boys Home).

Electoral history

Running in St. John's South—Mount Pearl:

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Siobhán Coady 14,930 43.3
     New Democrat Ryan Cleary 13,883 40.3
     Conservative Merv Wiseman 4,324 12.6
     Green Ted Warren 643 1.9
     NLF Greg Byrne 485 1.4
     Independent Terry Christopher Butler 179 0.5
Total valid votes 34,444
Total rejected ballots
Turnout  %

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