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 nontraditional 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 segment and special projects thanks in part to a lot of professional leeway from his bosses and fellow morning team members. His most well known franchise is “Leckey Live” which is a mix of “news you can use,” community happenings and entertainment features. Ryan also spearheads many of the station’s 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 “WNEP’s Ryan’s Run” campaign. On top of running in the TCS New York City Marathon, Ryan, along with WNEP-TV viewers helped raise $2.1 million dollars over the past seven years. The money is 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 Silver Charity because of the significant amount of money it raised in such a short amount of time. The Silver 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 4 Emmy Nominations. Electric City Magazine has also named Ryan “Best Local TV Personality” several 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 570, a place he considers his second home. He and his partner Matt live in Lackawanna County with their goldendoodle named MetCon.

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
  • Shop Small, Give Big: Pop-Up Shops Hit Wilkes-Barre

    It’s holiday shopping that’s popping in one part of Luzerne County. More than a dozen pop-up shops have hit downtown Wilkes-Barre at 41 South Main Street. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the holiday-themed event on Friday. The project surrounds the second annual Midtown Holiday Pop-up Shops. They are open every weekend through December 23. On Saturdays and Sundays, the shops are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, they are open from noon to 4 p.m. Click here for […]

  • Free Flick: Holiday Movie Event Marks Ten Years in Wilkes-Barre

    A free holiday happening is marking its tenth year at the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County-based law firm “Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn” sponsors the event as part of its annual “Holiday Movie Giveaway.” This year’s film is the movie “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the holiday event Thursday morning. Everything takes place this Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the F.M. Kirby Center. Doors open at noon and the movie starts at 2 p.m. Various […]

  • Buttoned Up & Buckled Up: Area Car Dealership Launches Coat Drive, Car Seat Safety Checks

    Winter warmth and safer holiday travels is the mix making up a project launched by Ken Pollock Auto Group. The company, which has five locations throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Columbia Counties, is collecting new or gently used coats for kids and adults now through December 18. For a list of locations, click here. This marks the fourth year for Ken Pollock Auto Group’s coat drive. Also to give back over the holiday season, the dealership is offering a free car seat safety […]

  • Gingerbread Competition and Exhibit Bakes Its Way into Bloomsburg

    A holiday happening filled with all sorts of deliciousness hits Columbia County this weekend. It all ties into the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum’s third annual Gingerbread Competition and Exhibit. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spotlighted the tasty competition Friday morning. The gingerbread house themed activity on tap for kids is Saturday, December 8. The activity runs at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although the gingerbread competition is closed to competitors, you can check out dozens of impressive displays from Saturday, […]

  • NEPA Youth Shelter: Taking Care of Teens

    A few small items on your next trip to the grocery store could make a big impact on the NEPA Youth Shelter in Scranton. From individual snacks such as granola bars to Cup-O-Soups, the nonprofit along Wyoming Avenue is looking to stock its shelves to help even more teenagers across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The NEPA Youth Shelter is an after-school drop-in center and usually sees a spike in teens in the New Year. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spotlighted the shelter on Thursday. […]

  • The Keto Diet: Cracking the Code

    It’s one of the most talked about weight loss crazes of 2018. From celebrities to fitness trainers, many are buzzing about the Keto Diet. On social media including Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, millions of avid followers are talking about the diet and sharing recipes using “#Keto.” So what is the Keto Diet? Who might it help?  And, what are the ups and downs? To answer these questions and more, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with Weis Markets Registered Dietitians Kathyrn […]

  • Rare Look Inside Nasdaq

    Every weekday, many of us hear about the ups and downs of the stock market. But what actually goes on behind the scenes of those fast-paced places in New York like Nasdaq, especially during closing bell time? Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey recently tagged along with a group of area bankers to the Big Apple to get a rare inside look. Nasdaq was founded in 1971 and stands for “National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.” During Ryan’s visit to NYC, he followed employees […]

  • Hot Holiday Toys: The Big Sellers This Season

    The holiday hustle is kicking into high gear on this Thanksgiving. Many stores are gearing up for shoppers on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Black Friday, Nov. 23. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey checked out some of the most popular picks in the toy aisle on Thursday. Ryan teamed up with workers and young toy testers at Kmart in Edwardsville. The toy big sellers this season range from “Baby Alive Dolls” to “LOL Dolls” as well as “Hot Wheels.” The National Retail […]

  • A Jolly Jaunt: Speedo Run Coming to Berwick

    Santa, speedos, and struttin’ for a cause! It’s the mix making up a holiday weekend tradition in Columbia County. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the event on Wednesday morning. The 10th annual “Speedo Run For The Cause” takes to the streets of Berwick this Saturday, November 24, 2018. The race starts at 1 p.m. Registration gets underway at 11 a.m. at the Berwick Elks at 117 West 2nd Street. Click here to sign up ahead of time and for more information! […]

  • The Making of a Trooper: Rare Look Inside the State Police Academy in Hershey

    Newswatch 16 is heading behind the badge! As part of a Newswatch 16 special assignment, Ryan Leckey is giving us a look at all it takes to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper. Ryan visited the State Police Academy in Hershey. To see more on everything from the requirements to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper, pay scale, and the application process, click here. Head here to visit the academy’s Facebook page. For more information on the State Police Museum in Hershey, which […]

  • Wintry Mix Still Coming Down in Lackawanna County

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Many schools are closed or delayed Friday morning because of the storm and crews are still out there clearing roads. Ryan Leckey was out and about in Lackawanna County Friday morning to let us know what it looks like out there. The wintry mix overnight is still slicking up roads in Scranton Friday morning. Things were so bad at one point along various parts of the Central Scranton Expressway and Routes 6 and 11 in the […]

  • $52 Million Dollar Makeover at Tobyhanna Army Depot Means More Jobs

    Call it new digs at the depot! Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spotlighted a $52 million modernization project at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Managers say it all surrounds “a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot Electronics Enclosure repair facility. This facility will accommodate up to 200 employees supporting various electronics, communications and avionics equipment.” The Tobyhanna Army Depot and its updated facilities help provide even greater support and high-tech help to our nation’s military. Although the official ribbon cutting of the Electronics Enclosure […]