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Ryan McGrath

Ryan Elizabeth McGrath

Ryan Elizabeth McGrath, a graduate of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Texas, is a Sophomore Journalism student at the University of Missouri. She plans to focus on Broadcast journalism with minors in Philosophy and English, and aspires to be a political anchor. More than likely, if she's not in the office, Ryan's watching a documentary about history or sharks.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanelizmcgrath

Email: ryanemcgrath14@gmail.com

Stories by Ryan McGrath in 2016 include:
Ryan McGrath's Tweets @MDNnews in 2016

  • 01/27/2016: Senate General Laws & Pensions Committee meets for first time since 1974 to repeal death penalty http://bit.ly/1QCkcU7
  • 02/03/2016: A conservative Missouri Republican lawmaker is proposing restraints on cops intercepting your phone calls. http://bit.ly/1mexARG
  • 02/03/2016: A conservative Missouri Republican lawmaker proposes restraints on cops intercepting your phone calls. http://bit.ly/1mexZnb
  • 02/03/2016: https://twitter.com/ryanelizmcgrath
  • 02/09/2016: Utilities and green-energy forces battled at a Missouri legislative committee about customer-generated power. http://bit.ly/1PjUyRV
  • 02/16/2016: Joint Committee on Education to meet with the UM system president, the MU chancellor and the UM Board of Curators http://bit.ly/1PPJOJa
  • 02/17/2016: Joint Committee on Education met with UM interim system president, MU chancellor and UM Board of Curators http://bit.ly/1OhjpSk
  • 02/23/2016: Missouri lawmakers are urged to deny the owner of the Rams future tax breaks. http://bit.ly/1La7OtA
  • 02/23/2016: Proposal to deny government incentives to Stan Kroenke http://bit.ly/1RmXKj8
  • 03/11/2016: Missouri Department of Conservation acts to control spread of Chronic Wasting Disease http://bit.ly/1nCvkEt
  • 04/08/2016: Senate moves to perfect bill to restrict use of deadly force by police http://bit.ly/1TFPICf
  • 04/19/2016: St. Louis Planned Parenthood urges the Senate president pro tem to subpoena former senator http://bit.ly/1rhcyW1

Ryan McGrath's Blog in 2016
Week of March 7th

Posted 03/09/2016: 

I finally became comfortable with the MDN system that Phill Brooks designed, until about two minutes ago when I managed to delete all of my previous blog entries. So, here I am, blog-less but still hopeful that somehow I am improving each day at the Capitol.

This week I started working on a story about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer in Missouri. If there was ever a week that I have learned patience, it would have to be this one. Sources have been taking a longer time to return my phone calls than normal.

It's frustrating without a doubt, but when they finally do get around to calling me back, it's liberating.

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel as though there is so much suspension in waiting for a source to return your messages. Even when the story is not particularly exciting or front page news, it's still fun to hear a new voice for the first time because you get the smallest glance into a total stranger.

I've also never felt more like my Dad than in this week. There have been numerous times when I've called him, and he quickly says "Someone's calling, gotta go" and hangs up the phone. I never really understood why he felt as though he couldn't miss a phone call by two seconds. Now after having to deal first had with phone tag, I don't blame him for a second for instantly ending my conversation with him for work.

Lesson of the week- phone tag is draining.

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