5 Eyewitness News welcomed Sam Ryan in July 2013. After seven years in medical sales, Sam decided it was time to pursue his passion. He went back to school and earned his second degree in Meteorology. He started as an intern at KMSP and then was the weekend Meteorologist in Duluth at KQDS in 2010. He worked for the next two years as the morning Meteorologist at WSAW in Wausau, WI.
Sam graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and went on to The Graduate School to earn his certificate in Meteorology.
On occasion, especially during a chilly Minnesota afternoon, you may catch Sam walking the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul, handing out hot chocolate and treats to the homeless. He also enjoys spending time exploring Minnesota with his wife and their son. Sam has fished the streams in Lanesboro, canoed the entire Rum River, hiked Buffalo Ridge, jumped the cliffs in Taylors Falls, water-skied and fished the lakes in Bemidji, camped in the Boundary Waters, rock climbed Barn Bluff, braved the High Bridge in Stillwater, hiked the North Shore, and storm chased in Windom. Sam also enjoys basketball and playing the guitar, but he won’t serenade you until he gets a little better.