• Emmy Award winning Ryan Young is CNN's National Correspondent. Young joined CNN in 2015 and is based at the network's Chicago bureau.

    Before joining CNN, Young was part of Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News team. During his time in Atlanta Ryan worked closely with Law Enforcement breaking several exclusives on major crime investigations and his work was directly involved in helping to catch hundreds of criminals.

    His live coverage of major breaking stories lead to several Emmy awards including one for his piece on the chemical fire near Atlanta, GA.

    The Miami native got his first big TV break while still in college by hosting a syndicated sports show. After graduating from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in Media Production, Young went right to work at WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., where he kept local viewers in touch with a wide variety of big stories, including the 2002 Florida elections and Florida State's National Championship run.

    As a reporter for WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ryan provided viewers with crucial, up-to-the-minute late-night reports, earning two Associated Press awards, one for best investigative piece that exposed dangerous cigarette lighters and the other for best spot news coverage of a major street collapse.

    Ryan went on to tell the stories of people whose lives were torn apart by hurricanes Ivan and Frances, while working for WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C. While covering the problem of gangs in the state, Ryan produced a groundbreaking report on gangs in the military, a story that earned him national recognition.

    When not in front of the camera, Ryan enjoys reading, anything that has to do with football and playing a game of fetch with his dog.