Joal Ryan is a Los Angeles-based writer.
As a journalist, Joal Ryan has reported on and written about film, TV and media for Yahoo!, E! Online, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Us Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and public radio’s Marketplace. She has contributed to the New York Times parenting blog, Motherlode.
A noted authority on the Hollywood child star, Ryan has appeared on Nightline and CNN, and been quoted by the London Times and Washington Post, among many others.
She is the host and producer of The Joal Ryan Thing, a weekly, pop-culture podcast.
She cowrote the documentary, Miracle on 42nd Street (now in post-production), a look at the story behind and impact of Manhattan Plaza, the artist-populated, affordable-housing apartment complex in New York City's Hell's Kitchen.
Ryan was an on-air contributor to IFC's iFilm@ifc, and worked as an editor for E! Online, Hollywood.com and the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers (now part of the Los Angeles News Group). As a columnist for the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, she won a Los Angeles Press Club Award for entertainment reporting.
Ryan is the author of several books, including Former Child Stars: The Story of America's Least Wanted (ECW Press), Katharine Hepburn: A Stylish Life (St. Martin's Press) and Sylvia Plath Totally Ruins Father Knows Best: 50 Poems About TV, TV-Watching and the Existential Sadness of Conan O'Brien (Inverted Pyramid Media).
She is the chief content officer of digital publisher Inverted Pyramid Media.
Ryan can be found at Amazon, Google, Twitter and YouTube, or reached directly via email at: joal [at] joalryan [dot] com.