• Follow me on:

From his can’t stand still intensity to his knack for creating engaging live morning show segments, Emmy nominated television personality Ryan Leckey has a reputation for doing untraditional TV. Ryan, who Pennsylvania viewers often call ‘The Leckenator,’ is known for his energetic story telling of breaking news to his iconic interviews with television legends including Regis Philbin, Barbara Walters, and even past presidents such as Bill Clinton.
The self-proclaimed social media addict got his start in television right out of high school when he was 18 at WJAC-TV (NBC) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The same station he used to visit as middle schooler when he would pitch teen segment ideas to the general manager. While working in his hometown, Ryan began behind the scenes…learning how to execute a newscast before moving to the news department a short time later. There, Ryan worked primarily as a one-man-band which involved shooting, writing, and editing his own stories. While at WJAC, Ryan solo anchored his first newscast at 19 and before leaving the station in 2005, he had reported, anchored, and filled-in on the weather segments. All…while earning his bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

In 2005, Ryan accepted a reporter position at WNEP-TV, one of America’s highest rated television stations. The News Station is based near Scranton, PA. In the beginning, Ryan worked mornings and weekends for two years before moving to Monday thru Friday where he became one of the familiar faces on Newswatch 16 This Morning. Not only did Ryan become a regular personality, he also implemented and still produces his own franchise segments thanks in part to a lot of professional leeway from his bosses and fellow morning team members. The franchises include: “Leckey Live,” “Leckey Time,” and “What the Heck, Leck?” Ryan’s various franchise segments highlight everything from community causes to special projects which have included: “Leckey’s Look at The View,” “Leckey’s Look at Live! With Kelly & Michael” and “Leckey’s Look at “The Chew,” which gave viewers an all access pass to the ABC daytime talk shows and in-depth interviews with the hosts. Other interviews include chats with Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric. Ryan is also a big fitness advocate and has launched several interactive segments to help viewers shed the pounds including: “Fight Fat This Fall,” & “Slim Down For Summer.”

One of Ryan’s biggest accomplishments while living and working in Northeastern & Central Pennsylvania include the “Ryan’s Run” campaign. On top of running in the I-N-G New York City Marathon, Ryan, along with WNEP-TV viewers helped raise nearly one-million dollars in the past four years. The money is being used to change lives for the better for kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. The NYC Marathon later named “Ryan’s Run,” as a Bronze Charity because of the significant amount of money it raised in such a short amount of time. The Bronze Charity status put the campaign on the same world stage as the Michael J. Fox & the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundations. “Ryan’s Run” was also honored as an “Outstanding Television Public Service Campaign” by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

Ryan's other accomplishments include: being named the "Hometown Hero" by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce for his work with "Ryan's Run." He also accepted an award for "Outstanding Young Pennsylvanian" (Nov. 2011) by the commonwealth's Jaycees organization for his dedication to so many charitable causes. Other achievements include: an Emmy Nomination for his Spot News coverage during record flooding in the Spring of 2011 and another honor for his contribution to an Emmy Nominated Newscast in 2007. Ryan provided multiple live reports from a shutdown highway during the infamous Valentine's Day Snowstorm. Electric City Magazine has named Ryan "Best Local TV Personality" three years in a row. Ryan also holds a Master’s Degree from Marywood University in Communication Arts with a Concentration in Media Management. Marywood is where Ryan taught courses in Media Performance and Broadcast News Writing.

When he’s not on the air or volunteering as a host at various community events, 'The Leckenator' can be found working out at CrossFit Scranton, a place he considers his second home. One fun fact: Ryan has written/recorded several original songs and released his first album "Just Getting Started" on January 13, 2012. You can hear them at ryanleckey.com/music.

Check out Ryan's Instagram here: http://instagram.com/ryanleckey#

Recent Articles
  • Schott Fire

    Schott Glass Facility Fire Aftermath

    DURYEA — Crews were called out Tuesday afternoon to a fire at a factory Luzerne County. The fire broke out around 5 p.m. at the Schott Glass facility on York Avenue in Duryea. Thirty-four fire departments and more than 150 firefighters spent hours battling the fire. The Schott Glass operations director hopes to get the facility back in operation, at least in some form, as soon as possible.   While there’s no exact timetable yet, we know many of the people who work […]

  • Leckey Music 2

    Music In Our Schools Month

    It’s a phrase that’s been around for years, “music education equals brain power!” A national campaign aimed at celebrating music in our schools is underway this March. Head here to learn more about the free local concerts and schedule changes because of the winter storm. For more details on the national campaign, click here.


    The Buzz On Bees: How Our Winter Is Affecting Area Hives

    The bitter cold is having a negative affect on area bee farms like Murphy’s Bee Farm in Clarks Summit. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey shows us how the nonstop winter is making even the honey bees feel blue. To learn more about Murphy’s Bee Farm featured on Newswatch 16 This Morning, click here: For a look at a report describing last year’s bee loss for all 50 states, head here: For details on Penn State’s Beekeeping Course, head here: Some sites […]

  • monster jam 2-15

    Monster Jam Coming to Mohegan Sun Arena

    A car crushing show that entertains nearly four million people around the world every year has roared back into our area. “Monster Jam” opens Friday night in Wilkes-Barre. For more information about “Monster Jam” at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend, head here.

  • ski for the cure

    Ski For The Cure

    A lot of pink and a lot of powder will be hitting a ski resort in our area this weekend. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey shows where people can hit the slopes as part of “Ski For The Cure.” For more information about Saturday’s event At Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area, head here.  Money raised benefits the Susan G. Komen Affiliate of NEPA. Learn more about Komen in our area here.

  • rr 2014

    WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5 – Your Donations At Work

    It’s a story months in the making! Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey  has an update on how your donations to WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 5 campaign last year are paying off. For more information about the new technology highlighted in the Ryan’s Run update stories and to apply to be on “Team Leckey,” click here.

  • Phoenix

    Fight For The Phoenix: Saving A Performing Arts Center

    The Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea has been open for seven years.  However; due to its recent operating costs, building repairs, and production fees, the place along Main Street could close at the end of March unless it raises $10,000.   The center is working toward a non-profit designation.  To donate to the cause, click here. 

  • red capet

    Lewisburg Rolls Out The Red Carpet For “The Oscars”

    Hollywood’s biggest night is this Sunday, but Tinseltown isn’t the only place rolling out the red carpet for the Oscars this weekend. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has details on the upcoming event that you can enjoy in your robe! To learn more about the “Red Carpet Pajama Party” at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg surrounding “The Oscars,” head here. For more information on “The Oscars” which air Sunday at 7 p.m. on WNEP-TV, click here.

  • noah

    Apparently Kid Enjoys Hawaii on The Ellen Show

    The “Apparently Kid’s” new word might just be “Aloha!” Noah Ritter was back from Hawaii and back on the Ellen Show which aired Thursday morning on WNEP-TV. He’s the smart and often silly 6 year old who’s become a regular guest on the Ellen Show. Noah Ritter’s rise to stardom came after a Newswatch 16 interview last summer at the Wayne County Fair. It went viral, and since then this pint sized Hollywood smash is still a fan favorite on […]

  • give kids a smile 2-18-15

    Give Kids A Smile Day

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and some dentists are teaming up for a free event. Ryan Leckey tells us where children can get free cleanings and x-rays. Head here to learn more about National Children’s Dental Health Month. For more information on the free event, click here.

  • fat tuesdayy

    Fat Tuesday: A Real Belt Buster

    It’s a diet free zone type of day for a lot of people across the country. It marks Fat Tuesday, and Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey shows some pastry parties are already underway. For some Mardi Gras recipe ideas from “Laurel’s Hometown Café” in Honesdale as featured on Newswatch 16 This Morning, click here. For more food ideas, head here.

  • cpr

    Tackling American Heart Month

    February is American Heart Month, and area doctors and nurses are on a mission to spread some life-saving information when it comes to your ticker. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey explains that the information could change the way you think about CPR. To learn more about the hands only CPR topic including a video tutorial by medical experts at Ohio State University, click here. To find a CPR class near you, click here. To learn more about the goals behind American Heart Month, head […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 52,114 other followers