Ryan Duffy (journalist)

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Ryan Duffy is a journalist and correspondent best known for his work with Vice Media, including accompanying Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters on a visit to North Korea in 2013. Duffy began his career at Vice as an intern while studying journalism at New York University.[1][2] In 2012, Duffy appeared on Forbes' 30 under 30 list.[3] In 2015, he started a series of short documentary reports with The Huffington Post titled Now What with Ryan Duffy.

North Korea trip

In 2013, as a Vice journalist Duffy accompanied Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters on a visit to North Korea, a move which garnered criticism from the diplomatic community and the journalistic world.[4] Along with Rodman and the Globetrotters, Duffy competed in a basketball exhibition game against the North Korean national team.[5]

After meeting supreme leader Kim Jong-un, Duffy observed that "the leader was 'socially awkward' and didn't make eye contact when shaking hands".[6] However, Duffy also praised Kim's dinner as an "epic feast", with sushi and smoked turkey.[7]

Vice Sports

In 2014, Vice launched Vice Sports with Duffy as publisher, but Duffy left the project as it debuted.[8][9] Duffy had also been slated to host the channel's Vice World of Sports docuseries.[10]

Now What with Ryan Duffy

In October 2015, as part of a slate of 12 new shows, The Huffington Post launched the docuseries Now What with Ryan Duffy. Site founder Arianna Huffington cited the riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray as an example of the kinds of solution-based situations Duffy's program would address, criticizing existing coverage as creating "copycat crimes instead of copycat solutions."[11]


  1. ^ Rebecca Sun (26 September 2014). "Rep Sheet Roundup: Gersh Signs D.L. Hughley, Paradigm Gets Mark Valley". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Drew Grant (26 March 2013). "The Vice Guide to Serious Journalism: How a DIY Drug Mag Became Serious Business for HBO". Observer.
  3. ^ "30 Under 30 - Media - Forbes". Forbes.
  4. ^ Lucy Küng (16 July 2015). Innovators in Digital News. I.B.Tauris. pp. 94–. ISBN 978-0-85773-996-4.
  5. ^ Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer (30 May 2013). "The North Korean basketball game Vice doesn't want you to see". Foreign Policy.
  6. ^ Silverman, Justin Rocket (29 May 2013). "'Vice' season finale on HBO gives fresh look at Dennis Rodman's meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Bad-Boy Brand". The New Yorker. 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ Kevin Draper. "Editor-In-Chief Tomás Ríos Has Left Vice Sports". Deadspin.
  9. ^ Jeff Bercovici. "Vice Launches A Sports Channel, With Modest Ambitions (For Now)". Forbes.
  10. ^ "NewFronts '14: Vice to launch sports channel".
  11. ^ Natalie Jarvey (28 April 2015). "NewFronts: Arianna Huffington Explains Why Video Strategy Is Key for HuffPost". The Hollywood Reporter.
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