Hank Phillippi Ryan, Channel 7's investigative reporter, joined WHDH-TV in late 1983 as a general assignment reporter. In February 1989, she was named principal reporter for the station's investigative unit. In 1988, she covered the presidential campaign.
In 1994, Ryan began a special additional segment, "The Real Deal", which exposes deceptions and frauds and cautions viewers on avoiding scams. "The Real Deal" airs Mondays and Fridays on 7 NEWS at 5PM.
Phillippi Ryan broke one of her most highly acclaimed investigative series on May, 5, 1991. She exposed unregulated home improvement contractors that schemed to rip off home owners in three of Boston's poorest neighborhoods-Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. As a result of her investigation, three new laws were passed. Phillippi Ryan and the investigative unit have won numerous journalistic awards for this series, including the National Investigative Reporters and Editors award and the Ohio State Award, as well as an Emmy for investigative reporting.
A former reporter/anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta known for investigative and political reporting, Phillippi Ryan worked at WSB-TV, Atlanta's ABC affiliate, for five years. While there, Phillippi Ryan investigated patient abuse at a large mental retardation center in Georgia, which resulted in the resignation, firing or transfer of every top administrator within the institution. She also produced and reported a six-month "On-the-Road" series that examined the economic situation in Georgia.
Prior to WSB-TV, Phillippi Ryan worked at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, and covered the 1976 presidential election for the station.
Phillippi Ryan also worked in the Washington Bureau of Rolling Stone magazine in the mid-1970s, and successfully forced the CIA, through a court decision, to turn over secret information to the press about the activities of the "Glomar Explorer." The Howard Hughes ship was reportedly used by the CIA to recover a sunken Soviet submarine.
From 1973 to 1974, she was a legislative assistant on the Senate Administrative Practices and Procedures SubCommittee, chaired at the time by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Her responsibilities included rewriting the Freedom of Information Act and investigating the Internal Revenue Service and federal wire-tapping procedures.
Phillippi Ryan is the recipient of numerous industry awards for her investigative reporting. She was named Best TV Reporter for Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston". Since 1983, she has received 11 Emmys, 10 Emmy nominations and 6 Associated Press awards. She is the winner of the 1990 RTNDA Award for Best Investigative reporting. She is also the recipient of the 1989 Dennis Kauff award. In 1988, she won the UPI regional award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Reporting, for her investigative reports on "Lead in Water," "Legacy of Poisons," and her coverage of the 1988 Republican and Democratic conventions. She was also honored with a Gabriel Award for "Legacy of Poisons," as well as the National Association of Science Writers Award.
A native of Indianapolis, Phillippi Ryan attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, and also studied abroad at the International School in Hamburg, Germany.
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