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Hank Phillippi Ryan changes laws and changes lives. She's recovered millions of dollars for scammed consumers, saved dozens of homes from foreclosure, sent wrong-doers to prison and forced state officials to resign. She is widely regarded as one of the most hard-hitting, informative investigative reporters in the region, having won numerous awards for her work. Her leading-edge consumer and investigative reports, "Hank Investigates," have become not only widely acclaimed, but also viewers' favorites.
Hank is a highly prized reporter with more than 50 prestigious awards from news organizations all over the world, including 26 Emmy awards. Most recently, she won an Emmy for her investigative and consumer reporting, including an exposé of the failures of the state's 911 emergency system, and a hidden camera investigation revealing widespread deceptive pricing. She also won a recent Edward R. Murrow Award, her 10th, for her investigative series "Cause for Alarm," which revealed extensive staffing and equipment dangers in fire departments across Massachusetts. "Cause for Alarm" was also honored in world-wide competition with the first place award from the International Firefighters Association. After breaking a highly acclaimed investigative series exposing unregulated home improvement contractors, who ripped off home owners in three of Boston's poorest neighborhoods, three new laws were passed.
Before joining 7NEWS in 1982, Hank was a reporter and anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, she also worked at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana and on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to a subcommittee of the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Hank also covered Washington D.C. as an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine. She wrote and edited a column called "Capitol Chatter" an inside look at D.C. politics. She also helped organize the presidential campaign coverage for Hunter S. Thompson. Hank grew up in the Indianapolis area, attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, and studied abroad at the International School in Hamburg, Germany.
She is also a best-selling mystery author, winning the prestigious AGATHA Award for Best First Novel with her debut PRIME TIME. Three more books in her highly regarded series will be published in 2009 and 2010.
Hank resides in a Boston suburb with her husband.
TV show I never miss - Besides 7 News? Project Runway. Masterpiece Mystery. The Wire.
Song that gets me dancing - Come Dancing, by the Kinks. Love Shack. Our Love is Here to Stay.
Alma mater - Western College in Oxford, Ohio
First concert I ever attended - The Beatles! At the Indiana Coliseum
Favorite place I've traveled - Paris. Sorry, I know it's a cliche. But c'est la vie.
Childhood hero - Thomas Edison (And Sherlock Holmes.)
Book I've read over and over - WInter's Tale, by Mark Helprin. Bonfire of the Vanities. Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Last meal on earth? - Oh, that's way too sad to think about. But there would be fabulous red wine, and grilled tenderloin, and bleu cheese, and truffle french fries and raspberries. But I'm not thinking about it.
Movie that makes me cry - ET. Sling Blade. Affair to Remember. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Movie I've watched over and over Lawrence of Arabia. Citizen Kane. The Godfather. Working Girl.
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