‘Fox News Sunday’ Executive Producer And Former ‘Today’ EP Marty Ryan Retiring

By Alex Weprin 

Marty Ryan (center), talks to Chris Wallace and Brian Wilson at the 2006 FNC holiday party.

The executive producer of “Fox News Sunday,” Marty Ryan, is retiring.

Ryan told staffers on “Fox News Sunday” and executives at the channel about his decision in the last few weeks. His final show will be sometime next month, and the last major political event he will produce will be the 2013 State of the Union address, for which he will serve as a co-producer.

Ryan joined Fox News before the channel launched in 1996 to oversee “Fox News Sunday,” which was then hosted by Tony Snow. When Chris Wallace took over as moderator of the program in 2003, Ryan stayed on as EP of the program, making him a constant in a business often rife with churn and change.

Ryan has been a force behind the scenes on the network’s political and election coverage ever since launching the Sunday public affairs show, and has produced a number of election nights, debates, inaugurations and other news stories of all stripes.

While Ryan has spent the last 17 years at the helm of ” Fox News Sunday,” he is also a former executive producer of NBC’s “Today,” which he oversaw from 1987-1990. Before being elevated to EP, Ryan was a senior producer on the program from 1982-1987.