Edward F. Ryan, 83, a prize-winning former newspaper reporter and broadcast news executive who had worked for The Washington Post Co. from 1937 until retiring in 1983, died July 25 at Anne Arundel Hospital Center after a stroke. He had lived in Annapolis for the past nine years.
He worked for the The Post newspaper from 1937 to 1955, rising through the ranks from local reporter to assistant city editor, then national reporter. From 1955 to 1978, he was affiliated with The Post's Washington broadcast properties, WTOP-TV and radio. After The Post traded WTOP-TV for a Detroit television station in 1978, Mr. Ryan continued to work on various broadcast projects for The Post until 1983.
Named news and public affairs director of both radio and TV stations in 1955, he later was promoted to general manager of news for both outlets. In 1968, he was named the stations' community affairs director.
As a print journalist, Mr. Ryan received two Washington Newspaper Guild Front Page Awards for Distinguished Writing. At WTOP, his news and public affairs division won the 1958 Distinguished Achievement Award of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He was a awarded a 1980 Emmy for lifetime achievement in broadcasting.
In 1963 and 1964, he served as national president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He also was a past president of the United Way of the National Capital Area. He had served on the board of the National Day Care Association and was a member of Calvary Methodist Church in Annapolis and the National Press Club.
Edward Francis Ryan, a former Chevy Chase and Arlington resident, was born in Denver. He was a 1937 economics graduate of Dartmouth College and edited the college newspaper. During World War II, he received an Army commission and served as a platoon leader in Europe, receiving the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
At The Post, he first was a Metro general assignment reporter. He eventually covered police and courts beats, as well as the District Building and the Washington-area delegations and District committees on Capitol Hill. He later covered political races in Maryland and Virginia and the 1948 and 1952 national political conventions. He also wrote feature stories.
Mr. Ryan's hobbies included sailing, music, history and poetry.
His marriage to Ingrid Tait Ryan ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Lois Burt Ryan of Annapolis; two daughters by his first marriage, Gael Strong of Glencoe, Ill., and Peggy Hoburg of Pennsylvania; three stepsons, Randy Burt of Long Beach, Calif., Joseph Burt of Azusa, Calif., and David Burt of San Rafael, Calif.; and four grandchildren.