Hank Phillippi Ryan Biography
Hank Phillippi Ryan is an American investigative reporter for Channel 7 News on WHDH-TV, a local television station in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an author of mystery novels.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Real Name
Ryan was born was Harriet Ann Sablosky in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Age
Ryan was born on 17th November 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United State of America.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Education
Ryan is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio and studied at the International School in Hamburg, Germany.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Relationship | Husband | Grandchildren
Ryan is a married woman. Hank Phillippi husband Jonathan Shapiro is a lawyer. The couple shared their vow on 27th September 1997 in Boston at Four Seasons Hotel. She was lucky enough to become a mother without being pregnant.
She has two stepchildren from her husband previous marriage. The children have grown well and she is a grandmother now. Hank currently resides with her husband in Suburban Boston. Both of the couples were married before and were divorced too.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Career
Her first job in broadcasting was in 1971 as a reporter for WIBC radio, then after a stint as a legislative assistant in Washington, DC for the Administrative Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she became an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone’s Washington Bureau.
She joined WTHR-TV in Indianapolis as a political reporter in 1975, then WSB-TV in Atlanta in 1976 as a political reporter and weekend anchor.
Ryan joined WNEV-TV (present-day WHDH) in 1983 as a general assignment reporter and in 1989, she was named principal reporter for the station’s investigative unit.
Ryan has won 34 Emmy Awards and 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards for her investigative and consumer reporting.
A nationally bestselling author of 11 mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavity, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.
National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Ryan’s newest book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller Trust Me (August 28, 2018), which Suspense Magazine’s reviewer calls “By far one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.” The Booklist starred review says “a knockout!” and New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar and CrimeReads named it one of the Best Thrillers of Summer 2018.
The bestselling The Other Woman, (now in a third hardcover printing and also available in e-book and paperback), was the first in her Jane Ryland series (Forge Books, 2012.) It’s listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.
Her 2013 novel, The Wrong Girl, had the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller.
Truth Be Told is the winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel—a landmark back-to-back-to-back nomination and back-to-back win—and is a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014.
It was also an Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel of 2014, an RT Book Reviews nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller of 2014, a Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She won a second Agatha Award in 2015 for Best Nonfiction, as editor of Writes Of Passage, an anthology of essays by mystery authors, which was also honored with a Macavity Award and Anthony Award.
Ryan’s novel What You See is an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel 2015 and an Anthony nominee for Best Novel 2015.
Ryan won her third Anthony Award in 2018 for Best Online Content for the Jungle Red Writers Blog; she is a founder and contributor.
Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning Prime Time, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. Face Time was a BookSense Notable Book, and Air Time and Drive Time were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. The McNally series is now available in all new editions.
An award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV and a television reporter since 1975, her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers.
Along with her 34 Emmys and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Ryan has won dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. She’s been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine.
Ryan was a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University, and past president of national Sisters in Crime.
Watch for The Murder List, coming in 2019. Ryan is also the 2019 Guest of Honor at Bouchercon, the world mystery convention.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Net Worth
Ryan net worth is still under review. As she has been working since she was 20 years old, so without a doubt we can say that she must be earning in millions.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Investigates
7Investigates: Foster Children’s Money
Millions of dollars taken from children in Massachusetts. Investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan found some call a secret system. Who is getting their money, and why? 7 Investigates.
Landon’s life was sad as any little life could be. When he was a baby he was put in foster care with his Auntie Kristen. Then when he was two years old he lost his single mother to a drug overdose.
“It breaks my heart,” Kristen told 7 News.
Then Kristen learned something else that would change their lives: Because Landon was in foster care, he’d also lose his survivor benefits: Thousands of dollars he was entitled to because his mom worked and paid into Social Security.
“It makes me so angry,” Kristen said.
The family had hoped to save the money for Landon’s future, but who was actually taking those thousands? The State of Massachusetts.
“And who would get that money,” Investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan asked.
“They would,” Kristen replied.
“Not your nephew,” Hank asked.
“No,” Kristen said.
Foster kids, the ones who’ve lost their parents, and lost their homes, and are sometimes sent to live with strangers. We found the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is taking millions of dollars from them.
“It just baffles my mind,” Kristen said.
But DCF officials confirmed it. No one would go on camera, but they told us as legal guardians of the foster kids, they can legally take 90 percent of their Social Security Survivor Benefits to reimburse the Commonwealth’s general fund for their care.
That’s even though Mass law requires the state to pay for the care of foster kids. And does not require kids to pay the state back.
Attorneys fighting for change say taking the money hurts those unfortunate kids even more.
“Their sole reason for existing is to serve and protect abused and neglected children is instead using those children as a source of revenue to go after their money and take it from them. And in my mind it’s theft,” Attorney Daniel Hatcher told 7 News.
How much is the state taking from these foster kids? We found in the last three years alone DCF kept 5.6 million. And every time the state takes guardianship of a new child the state can take their benefits, too.
It was only when Kristen was finally named Landon’s legal guardian, two years after his mom died, the benefits started going to him. Now, finally, future checks will go into his savings account.
“There’s got to be another way, not taking from these children as the answer. It’s not the answer,” Kristen said.
Though other states do this too, Maryland recently limited the number of benefits a child can lose. And in Congress, there’s now a bill in the works requiring all the money be held for the children until they’re adults.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Books In Order
Charlotte McNally series
- Prime Time (2007), Harlequin.
- Face Time (2007), Harlequin.
- Air Time (2009), Mira.
- Drive Time (2009), Mira.
Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan thrillers
- The Other Woman (2012), Forge Books.
- The Wrong Girl (2013), Forge Books.
- Truth Be Told (2014), Forge Books.
- What You See (2015), Forge Books.
- Say No More (2016), Forge Books.
- Trust Me (2018), Forge Books.
- The Murder List (2019), Forge Books.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Events | Email
Here’s the latest schedule. I really hope you’ll come to visit—I’d love to meet you! Any questions—email me! And if you are with a bookstore, library or another venue looking to schedule an appearance, please reach out to me at email@example.com.
Salem Literary Festival
Speaking & Signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Edwin Hill
79 Leonard Street
South Dakota Festival of Books
South Dakota Center for the Book
1215 Trail Ridge Road, Suite A
Boston Book Festival: Kickoff Cocktail Party
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
With Mary Higgins Clark and her
husband John in New York
Boston Book Festival
October 31 – November 3
Bouchercon GUEST OF HONOR
300 Reunion Blvd E
Crime Bake 2019
2 Forbes Road
November 16, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Keynote Speaker at Sisters in Crime New Orleans Conference
A Journey into the Mystery of the Criminal Mind
2261 N Causeway Blvd
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