Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is Executive Editor of The Lion. A Kansas City native, he’s been an award-winning reporter, editor and opinion writer at newspapers in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia and Texas.

Courts
‘War for soul of America’ has three fronts, says Missouri attorney general – who has helped make the state Ground Zero on this one

Just as the 2024 presidential election cycle begins in earnest, Missouri has become Ground Zero in this country’s centuries-long fight for freedom of speech. Even as he fights at the… Read More

January 3, 2024
Opinion
Do the times try your soul? Both the condition and the cure can be found here

When the American revolutionary Thomas Paine penned the ageless words “These are the times that try men’s souls,” he also wrote the following phrase in reference to the Almighty, a fateful… Read More

December 18, 2023
Public Education
Missouri school choice program quietly swells in second year, but has lots of room for growth

Participation in Missouri’s school choice program has ballooned nearly 10% since its inaugural year – but parents and patrons need to know there’s still plenty of room for them to… Read More

November 7, 2023
Public Education
Historic gains in parents’ rights are at risk in these Kansas school board elections on Tuesday

Hard-won, even historic, gains for parents’ rights are at risk in Tuesday’s Nov. 7 elections in the Lansing, Kansas, school district, warns a school board member there. The election for… Read More

November 1, 2023
Public Education
Missouri school board dodges federal ‘guidance’ to enact sexual orientation, gender identity clauses – and officials warn other districts not to fall for it

Steve Makoski sees the role of a school board member as protecting schoolchildren – even from the president of the United States. He feels he and three of his Springfield,… Read More

October 25, 2023