As a journalist, Joal Ryan has reported on and written about film, TV and media for CBS Interactive (CBSNews.com, CNET, TV Guide), Yahoo!, E! Online, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Us Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and public radio’s Marketplace. She has contributed to the New York Times parenting blog, Motherlode.
She cowrote the documentary, Miracle on 42nd Street (now in post-production), 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).