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Retiring ‘Fox News Sunday’ EP Marty Ryan On The Evolution Of Fox News

On Sunday, “Fox News Sunday” executive producer Marty Ryan oversaw his last edition of the public affairs program. Ryan, a former senior producer and executive producer of NBC’s “Today,” and a longtime senior member of Fox News Channel”s DC leadership, is retiring from the channel. 

“Maybe they will call me back at some point and ask if this old guy wants to do something else,” he quips.

Ryan helped launch the Sunday public affairs show in 1996, before Fox News Channel even officially launched.

“I was telling our staff, when I first walked into our bureau here, there really was nothing,” Ryan says. “There was no chairs, no lamps, tables dangling from ceilings from when the prior tenant had left the facility, so we literally had to build—from scratch—a world class network news bureau.

“Where we were a startup before, we are now a mature news organization, but we still have the mindset of a startup, which I think is good and makes us healthy,” he added.

At “Today,” Ryan worked closely with household names like Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw. When asked about some of the more memorable events that he has covered in his career, a major event across the pond came to mind.

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Chris Wallace Pays Tribute To Marty Ryan

On “Fox News Sunday” this morning, anchor Chris Wallace paid tribute to the show’s executive producer, Marty Ryan, who is retiring.


Ryan, a former EP of NBC’s “Today,” helped launch “FNS” before Fox News Channel even existed in 1996. He is also a veteran of the network’s special events coverage, both political and otherwise. His final big event will be Tuesday’s “State of the Union” address, for which he will be co-producer.

We are talking to Ryan for an “exit interview” this week.

‘Fox News Sunday’ Executive Producer And Former ‘Today’ EP Marty Ryan Retiring

Marty Ryan (center), talks to Chris Wallace and Brian Wilson at the 2006 FNC holiday party.

The executive producer of “Fox News Sunday,” Marty Ryan, is retiring.

Ryan told staffers on “Fox News Sunday” and executives at the channel about his decision in the last few weeks. His final show will be sometime next month, and the last major political event he will produce will be the 2013 State of the Union address, for which he will serve as a co-producer.

Ryan joined Fox News before the channel launched in 1996 to oversee “Fox News Sunday,” which was then hosted by Tony Snow. When Chris Wallace took over as moderator of the program in 2003, Ryan stayed on as EP of the program, making him a constant in a business often rife with churn and change.

Ryan has been a force behind the scenes on the network’s political and election coverage ever since launching the Sunday public affairs show, and has produced a number of election nights, debates, inaugurations and other news stories of all stripes.

While Ryan has spent the last 17 years at the helm of ” Fox News Sunday,” he is also a former executive producer of NBC’s “Today,” which he oversaw from 1987-1990. Before being elevated to EP, Ryan was a senior producer on the program from 1982-1987.