The Irish American Media Top 30


Regan has reported extensively on international economic issues.  She traveled to the Tri-Border region of South America for an investigation into terrorist financing.

Regan joined CNBC from CBS News, where she was a correspondent reporting for the CBS Evening News and The Early Show, and contributed to 48 HOURS and Face the Nation.

Previously, Regan was a television correspondent for CBS MarketWatch, contributing to and CBS News.

In 2002, her work at CBS MarketWatch earned her the Most Outstanding Young Broadcast Journalist Award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

Prior to MarketWatch, Regan reported for Bloomberg Television.

Regan began her career working for Goldman, Sachs.  She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in U.S. history.

A third generation Irish American, Regan’s paternal great grandparents were Waterford, and her maternal great grandparents were from Cork.

Sam Ryan

SAM Ryan joined WCBS-TV and CBS Sports in June 2006. Ryan serves as CBS 2’s sports anchor for CBS 2 News at 6 and 11 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday evenings, as well as serving as a studio host for college football at CBS College Sports.

She also contributes to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL on CBS and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Previously, Ryan served as sideline reporter for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs, including the Stanley Cup finals on ESPN and ABC. In 2004, she added reporting duties for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.

Before joining ESPN and ABC Sports, Ryan worked as a sports anchor and reporter for WABC-TV. In addition, she also has reported for WFAN radio in New York, News 12 Long Island, WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut, and Fox Sports in New York, where she served as a reporter and anchor for the New York Sports Report.

During her career Ryan has reported on many diverse sporting events, including 2005 Monday Night Football on ABC, Super Bowl XL pre-game (ABC), the Little League World Series (2003-‘05), the 1996 Summer Olympics (ABC Radio Network), the 2000 Subway Series between the Yankees and the Mets (Fox Sports New York and Madison Square Garden Network) and women’s college basketball (Fox Sports).

She won a local Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Series Feature and garnered a local Associated Press Award in 2000 and a New York Broadcasters Association Award in 2007.

In addition to her on-air work, Ryan is a national spokesperson for the March of Dimes, helping to generate awareness of its Prematurity Campaign.

A second generation Irish American, Ryan’s grandmother Mary O'Grady, originally from Galway, lived with her family on Long Island, leaving Ryan with strong a Irish identity, something she wishes to pass on to her children.

Ryan and her husband currently reside on Long Island with their two children.

Kristen Shaughnessy

Kristen Shaughnessy has been with NY1 since 1995 as the station's weekend anchor and breaking news reporter.

When the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001, Shaughnessy was one of the first on the scene.

Shaughnessy may be one of the city's only television reporters to grow up in a house without TV. Her family's television set broke when she was very young, and her parents decided that the family would be better off reading.

Shaughnessy worked first in radio and then at a television station in upstate New York before coming to NY1.

Shaughnessy has been able to trace her roots back to the mid 19th century, from the south west of Ireland.

Shaughnessy is married to Joe Bush, a professional golfer. They live in New York with their two daughters, Jamie and Kara.

Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan joined WCBS-TV in April 2006 as co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning with Maurice DuBois, weekdays from 5-7 a.m.  In addition, she also co-anchors CBS 2 News at Noon.

A native of New England, Sullivan most recently anchored KATV’s Live at Five and Channel 7 News at 6 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She joined KATV in August 2002, was promoted to Live at Five news anchor and in September 2003, and took on lead anchor responsibilities as well as special assignment reporting.

Sullivan covered 9/11 from New York, where she brought back the reality of Ground Zero and the stories of Arkansans who lost loved ones in one of the greatest tragedies of our generation.

Before KATV, Sullivan worked as a general assignment reporter and intern at WSBT in South Bend, Indiana and at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sullivan has won several awards, including an Emmy Award and the Associated Press First Place award for breaking news.

Sullivan graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Known on air as Kate Sullivan, Mary-Catherine Elizabeth Sullivan is named after three great-aunts all of Irish heritage.

A fifth generation Irish American, Sullivan’s ancestors on both sides came from Co. Cork. Sullivan has traveled to Ireland, and feels a connection between the Irish flair for storytelling and her journalism profession.