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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
  • Corporation Gives Back to RR5

    An event some kids and adults in our area work toward all year is now just three days away! It all ties into WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 5K and All Abilities Walk.  Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey tells us how you can get involved.  He also sits down with a company that’s helping the Ryan’s Run campaign out big time! Click here to learn more about Ryan’s Run 5.   For more information about the All Abilities Walk, check out the poster below!

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    Binge Watching Minus The Binge Eating

    With the temperatures outside cooling off, many are spending more time indoors catching up on new seasons of our favorite television shows!  But when it comes to catching up on that must see TV, food experts say be careful what you stack on your snack plate.  Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey was with a health expert who had some tips to keep the pounds off. For more nutritional tips from registered dietitian Clancy Harrison, head here.

  • Marathon TV Watching Without Packing On The Pounds

    For many of us, Fall is a season of change and for some television fanatics, the launch of our favorite shows!  “Binge watching” has become a popular past time to catch up with story lines, which can lead to some people packing on the pounds.  Binge watching can sometimes lead to binge eating!  Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spoke with a dietitian who has some tips to keep the weight off, plus details on how an area food bank is giving […]

  • Leckey Time: Featuring Meredith Vieira

    This week’s Leckey Time has a special guest, talk show host Meredith Vieira. Ryan had the chance to chat with Meredith, and he has some never before seen footage, including bloopers, to show for it.

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    Four Legged Fall Fun Entertainment

    Ryan Leckey has the details on Roba Family Farm and a new attraction called “the Marvelous Mutts”.

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    Fall Fun: Pumpkin Picking & More

    If you’re looking to really soak in the fall season with pumpkin picking, painting, pies, and pig races, Ryan Leckey has the place for you.Fall Fun: Pumpkin Picking & More htt Click here for more information on Roba Family Farms, the place that has the goofy gourds and good times for fall.  

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    Getting Your Ride Ready for Fall

    Head here for more information about getting your ride ready for the fall with the help of Jack Williams Tire and Auto, corporate sponsor of Ryan’s Run 5. Plus, Ryan Leckey shows us how an area school is getting involved with the cause. For information about an upcoming event for Ryan’s Run 5, click here.

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    Fall Car Care: Plus, Ryan’s Run 5 Event Info

    Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey  teams up with a corporate sponsor Ryan’s Run 5, Jack Williams Tire and Auto, for a look at fall car care tips. Plus, details on an event this Saturday which benefits the campaign.

  • Scranton’s Mini Maker Faire: Inventions, Creativity, & More

    From garage tinkerers to scientists, a bright bunch in our area is gearing up for Scranton’s first “Mini Maker Faire!”  Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has a look at the new event aimed at entertaining and informing. For more details on the event, click here.

  • Scranton Mini Maker Faire: Highlighting Young Minds

    A new event is about to hit Scranton that spotlights our area’s most creative and resourceful thinkers! Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey was at Johnson College where the “Mini Maker Faire.” For more information on the Scranton Mini Maker Faire, click here.

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    Pocono Resort Helps Pets

    Some four legged friends are getting a helping hand this week from a resort in the Poconos. To learn more about Woodloch Resorts upcoming events to help out the Dessin Animal Shelter, click here

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    Resort Helps Four Legged Friends

    See how you can join Woodloch Resort in the Poconos to protect some furry friends at a local animal shelter. Head here to learn more about the upcoming events at Dessin Animal Shelter.

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