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

Check out Ryan’s Instagram here:

Recent Articles
  • promo270299721

    The Politics of Printing

    KINGSTON — It’s the politics of printing! With election day less than a week away, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is behind the scenes at an area print shop to check out those political presses working overtime. Mozip Graphics Sign Company on North Gates Avenue has employees hard at work trying to get ready as election day gets closer. Ryan has an inside look at the massive print and mailings from start to finish.

  • Rocky Horror

    “Rocky Horror Show” Scares up Fun with Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — It’s a big event for a little theatre in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey hit the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre as they prepare to scare up some Halloween fun this week with their production of “Rocky Horror Show.” Ryan is shining the spotlight on the show that will bring some science fiction to it’s stage in a more “family friendly” version this year. To take a look at the cast list, as well as the dates for […]

  • soup

    Seasonal Soup Ideas: Ladle Lowdown

    KINGSTON — With a chill in the air, there is no better time for foods that warm you to the core. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is at Bakehouse in Kingston to get the ladle lowdown when it comes to seasonal soups. Ryan has teamed up to get the topic simmering with pros who will show you how to dive into some creative and homegrown types of dishes. For step by step recipe ideas on the seasonal soups featured on Newswatch […]

  • Dress for Success

    Dressing For Success in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — An organization that’s helped hundreds of woman enter the workforce is getting closer to reopening. It’s a mission on the mend after a water main break drenched everything inside of  the headquarters for “Dress for Success Luzerne County.” Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has a look into the nonprofit now that it’s on the rebound. Ryan also has an update for how they continue to help to dress those for success and information on an upcoming event. To learn […]

  • promo269522452

    Ryan’s Run School Challenge!

    No matter who you are, dragging yourself out of bed on a Monday can be rough, but that’s not the case this morning for some excited students. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey celebrated with Wallenpaupack Area, the winner of WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run School Challenge. After weeks of area schools holding their own fundraisers to help the charity campaign, the top spot went to Wallenpaupack, bringing in $7,000 for the cause. Ryan’s bringing us to a pep rally and has all the […]

  • promo269262798

    Operation Warm: Coats to the Rescue!

    SCRANTON — Scranton firefighters are on a new mission to help keep kids warm this winter. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is with firefighters as they launch the project which has ties with Operation Warm. Firefighters in Scranton are doing this on their own to buy warm coats for some youngsters. Ryan has all your information on where the coats go, and weekend event folks can join in on. For more information about Operation Warm, click here.

  • promo269179955

    Ghoulish Goodies: Recipe Ideas

    ARCHBALD — When it comes to Halloween, the costumes may make the parties pop, but it’s those scary snack ideas that really bring the fun to life! Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is scaring up some fun with elementary students in the Archbald area, while tackling some “spooktacular” snack ideas for your next Halloween bash or school soiree. For instructions on how to make the spooktacular snacks featured on Newswatch 16 This Morning, click here.

  • promo269090761

    Roadwork and Roundabouts

    LUZERNE COUNTY —  Get ready to pump the breaks if you’re traveling to or from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport . Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is putting it to the pavement with PennDOT to tackle some roadwork updates happening in our area, and more specifically to the roundabout near the airport. Changes at the airport are on the way that could affect hundreds who travel this section. Ryan gets the help from PennDOT to explain to drivers what they need to […]

  • Libations

    Pennsylvania Wine Month: The Lowdown on Libations

    SCRANTON — There’s a new reason to toast in October! Get set for grapes galore as Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey tackles some interesting tidbits about  Pennsylvania Wine Month. The Pennsylvania Winery Association said, “with more than 140 wineries in the state, Pennsylvania is the seventh in the nation in the number of wineries, and fifth in the amount of wine produced.”  According to the association, Pennsylvania’s grapes and grape juice provides more than a $2 billion economic impact to the […]

  • promo268910058

    Leckey’s Look At: “Manhattan” Season 2

    “Manhattan” is getting set to launch season two tomorrow night, Oct. 13, on our sister cable station WGN America.   The show is set in the 1940s and surrounds the building of the world’s first atomic bomb. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey went on location to Santa Fe, New Mexico to find out what to expect this year. Here’s a recap of season 1: To find the channel where you can watch season two of “Manhattan,” head here:   The TV drama […]

  • MANHATTAN-Season-2-Poster-3

    See Where To Watch “Manhattan” Season 2

    To find the channel where you can watch season two of “Manhattan,” head here:   The TV drama does not air on WNEP-TV.  Rather, our sister cable station WGN America.  For more information on what to expect this season and information on the cast & crew, click here.

  • promo268572872

    It’s a Planting Palooza!

    JUSTUS — If you’re looking to make the most out of your outdoor landscaping over the cooler months to come, help is here! Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey is hoping to save you money in the long run by digging into Fall. Ryan dove into landscaping to find out what the professional have to say about the plants you should be paying attention to right now, and ones you can bring inside to save money this spring. Also, a planting palooza! What […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 70,589 other followers