With a decade of experience in both journalism and marketing communications, Ryan Haggerty knows how to get the right story to the right audience at the right time.
Ryan is skilled at sifting through conflicting information to get at the heart of an issue in the face of tight deadlines and high pressure. At Serafin, he helps clients develop and execute strategic communications plans, respond to crises and connect with key stakeholders.
Ryan began his career as a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he covered crime and the Milwaukee Police Department while helping the newspaper launch its online breaking news desk. During his three years in Milwaukee, Ryan worked on stories ranging from breaking national news to an in-depth investigation of systemic flaws in Wisconsin’s criminal justice system and DNA databank that allowed a serial killer to avoid detection for years.
Ryan then moved to the Chicago Tribune, where he covered breaking news, politics, courts, crime and feature stories throughout the city and suburbs. He also worked on investigative stories on topics including unethical conduct in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and sexual assaults on college campuses. After two years on the Tribune’s metro desk, Ryan moved to the paper’s graphics desk, where he produced print and multimedia infographics on everything from the Affordable Care Act to the history of Wrigley Field.
In 2014, Ryan left journalism to work as a marketing and communications writer and editor at Northwestern University, where he worked directly with university leaders on alumni outreach and fundraising.
Outside of work, you can find Ryan riding his road bike along Chicago’s lakefront trail or playing hockey at Johnny’s Ice House on Madison Street. Born in Boston and raised in Cleveland and Buffalo, Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications, both from Northwestern.