Ryan Cleary was elected as the member of Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl on May 2, 2011. Ryan is currently the official Opposition Critic for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Post Secondary Education and also chairs the NDP's Atlantic Caucus.
An award-winning journalist, Ryan has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador for almost 20 years.
Born in Gander and raised in Riverhead, Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts, he graduated from the journalism program at the Stephenville campus of the College of the North Atlantic in 1992.
He was the fisheries reporter for The Telegram in 1992 when the moratorium was first introduced on northern cod. He also worked as a political and investigative reporter, winning numerous awards and accolades throughout his career.
Ryan was the editor-in-chief of The Independent newspaper, hosted open line radio shows at VOCM, and has worked for The Newfoundland Herald, NTV and Time Magazine.