Ryan, a widely respected voice in the industry, will work alongside Variety’s longtime TV critic Brian Lowry, to cover the ever-expanding slate of programming now offered. Along with reviews, Ryan will also contribute to Variety’s television analysis with columns and features, reporting to executive editor, TV, Debra Birnbaum. Lowry and Ryan will share the title of Chief TV Critic.
Ryan joins Variety from the Huffington Post, where she has served as TV critic since 2010. She was also the TV critic at the Chicago Tribune from 2003-2010, where Variety named her a critic to watch in 2007.
“Maureen is one of the sharpest writers in television today, with an incredibly insightful perspective on all aspects of the business,” said Birnbaum. “She has a penetrating voice and a keen ability to cut through all the chatter. Brian and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Maureen aboard.”
“I am very excited to be joining the team at Variety, which is packed with people whose work I’ve long admired and respected,” Ryan said. “Not only is Variety a legendary publication, it is meeting the challenges of the current media landscape with resolve, perspective and intelligence. The prospect of contributing to the coverage and criticism of television as part of this group fills me with joy.”
“I’m thrilled to have Maureen joining us,” said Lowry. “There’s more TV now than any one person can reasonably handle, and she’ll bring a welcome voice and perspective to our coverage.”
Ryan currently serves as a juror on the annual Peabody Awards and is a member of the board of the Television Critics Association. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds a Masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.