Loren's Badass Chick

Loren's Badass Chick: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Crime novelist and veteran investigative reporter for WHDH.

August 16, 2019

Hank Phillippi Ryan
credit: Iden Ford

This week's Badass Chick is Hank Phillippi Ryan, crime fiction novelist and WHDH's veteran investigative reporter. 


You probably recognize Hank from her work on TV, but did you know that she's also an accomplished novelist? Over the years, Hank has earned 36 Emmys and 14 Edward R Murrow Awards (yup!). She credits her curiosity for the world, will to seek the truth and desire to help the little guy as being what got her so interested in journalism. 


Through the years, she has expertly learned how to objectively tell another person's story, and a little over a decade ago wondered if she could tell a fictional story -- so she challenged herself to write a mystery novel!  Hank was so motivated that she didn't take a vacation for six years. Instead, she allowed her imagination to run wild, honed her craft and learned about what it takes to be a novelist. In 2007, her first book was published -- to much acclaim. 


Fast forward to today, and Hank not only has a repertoire of 11 best-selling crime fiction novels under her belt, but her latest thriller, The Murder List, hits shelves this coming Tuesday. One more bonus thing that I love about Hank: she is part of a non-profit called Sisters in Crime which promotes the advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. So awesome. 


CNN has dubbed The Murder List an ultimate beach read… so it's perfect as we're winding our summer down! Hank will be doing lots of book tour stops in the area too, so if you want to learn more about Hank, check out her web site


Loren's Badass Chick of the Week highlights local women and girls giving back to the community, following their passion and/or breaking stereotypes. If YOU have a Badass Chick you want to see highlighted, email Loren@1033ampradio.com!

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