An award-winning journalist, Joal Ryan has written for the New York Times (Motherlode), the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo!, E! Online, CBS Interactive (CBS News, CNET, TV Guide), Variety, Us Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and public radio’s Marketplace.
She cowrote the documentary, Miracle on 42nd Street, a look at the story behind and impact of Manhattan Plaza, the artist-populated, affordable-housing apartment complex in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Ryan was an on-air contributor to IFC’s iFilm@ifc, and worked as an editor for E! Online, Hollywood.com and the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers (now part of the Los Angeles News Group). As a columnist for the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, she won a Los Angeles Press Club Award for entertainment reporting.
Ryan is the author of several books, including Former Child Stars: The Story of America’s Least Wanted (ECW Press), Katharine Hepburn: A Stylish Life (St. Martin’s Press) and Sylvia Plath Totally Ruins Father Knows Best: 50 Poems About TV, TV-Watching and the Existential Sadness of Conan O’Brien (Inverted Pyramid Media).