Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and the author of four books. She was a pioneer in sports journalism as one of the first female sports columnists in the country. Ryan’s wide-ranging newspaper work spanned 25 years, earning 13 Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Journalism Award and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents Association.
Ryan is a founding trustee of Coaching Corps in Oakland, CA, and since 2008 has been the senior media advisor to the San Francisco Giants. She lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband, sportscaster Barry Tompkins.