Women To Watch - Page 23 - April Ryan

Women To Watch
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April Ryan
April Ryan 51, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, CNN political analyst

April Ryan has become a prime target for criticism in the age of so-called “fake news,” and often asks herself, “How do I fight back?” Her latest book, “Under Fire: Reporting From the Front Lines of the Trump White House,” is one way.

The Baltimore native and White House correspondent has covered four presidents over 21 years — giving three of them a letter grade in her 2015 book “The Presidency in Black and White: My Up‑Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America.” Last year, the National Association of Black Journalists named her journalist of the year. And in September, she released her third book, “Under Fire,” recounting her experience reporting on President Donald Trump’s administration — a time fraught with death threats and public confrontations, including those with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who infamously told Ryan to “stop shaking” her head during a briefing. (The encounter was met with shock and fury from viewers and on social media.)

Ryan has also sparred with former political aide Omarosa Manigault and, more recently, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Morgan State University alumna’s life has drastically changed during the Trump presidency, she says. It’s vital that she arm herself with facts when combatting “shade” from the administration and the public. She can’t go to her local Wegmans without being recognized, and she has a bodyguard. But she’s also seen undying support from around the country.

She wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but she’s also not going anywhere.

“I’m not giving up, and I can’t and I won’t,” Ryan says.

“History is going to show what happened, and that’s the reason why I’m writing, because no one has the unique [perspective] that I do.”

—Brittany Britto