Communications Pros Added to DNR’s Eastern Washington Offices
News Date: 
September 16, 2019


Former television environmental reporter Alison Morrow and former congressional staffer Ryan Rodruck joined the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) communications team this week. Both will be located in DNR’s Ellensburg office and will serve the communications and outreach needs of the agency’s Southeast and Northeast regions, which encompass all counties east of the Cascades.
“I’m thrilled that the work we are doing at DNR has led such talented professionals to join our team,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “We are making great progress in eastern Washington fighting wildfire, creating healthy forests, and supporting local schools and economies. The addition of Alison and Ryan will help us better tell these stories and increase our partnership with local communities.”
“I’m so excited to join Commissioner Franz and her team at DNR,” said Alison Morrow. “As an environmental journalist, I always strove to create a sense of community and establish real connections with people. In this new role, I will continue my work to build community, connect residents with their government, and highlight the vital work that DNR does in our state. Stay tuned for authentic, on-the-ground storytelling in eastern and central Washington. ”
Alison spent the past five years covering natural resource issues as the Environmental Reporter for King 5 News. She was awarded the Northwest Emmy for Environmental Journalism in 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining King 5 News, Alison was a TV journalist in Knoxville, TN and Tampa, FL.
“As the state’s wildfire fighting team, DNR needs to be at the forefront of community and media engagement,” said Carlo Davis, DNR’s Communications Director. “Alison and Ryan will help us inform residents about what we are doing to keep them safe, how they can help our firefighters, and how they can best protect their homes and property.”
“I look forward to helping more Washingtonians connect with us in our mission of stewardship and sustainability,” said Ryan Rodruck. “Central and eastern Washington are special landscapes and I’m pleased to be a resource for community leaders and residents to both enjoy and protect their public lands.”
Ryan is a longtime central Washington resident and graduate of Central Washington University. He previously served as a U.S. Congressional staff member for the 4th Congressional District. He also worked as the Station Manager for KYVE 47 PBS and as Director of Communications at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.
Bobbi Cussins
Deputy Communications Director