Immediate Past Chair, Trustee
Joined Wonderbound 2013
Dennis Ryerson retired in 2012 as editor of The Indianapolis Star and soon thereafter moved to Denver to be near his two adult children and their families. His career includes senior editing positions at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Denver Post and The San Jose Mercury News.
The Iowa native served for more than six years as editor of The Des Moines Register, during which time he moderated three nationally televised presidential debates and won national awards for service to the First Amendment and for coverage of issues involving children.
Ryerson has a strong record of professional and community involvement. He was a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror and chaired juries three of those four times. He was a founding board member and past president of the Indiana Debate Commission, a non-profit, non-government organization formed to broadcast voter-oriented political debates statewide. He moderated three of those debates involving candidates for governor and U.S. senator.
Since retiring, Ryerson has translated his love of the arts into service on the boards of professional dance companies in Indianapolis (Dance Kaleidoscope) and now, Wonderbound. When he is not working as a communications consultant, he enjoys hiking, sailing, photography, travel, exploring Denver and Colorado, and spending time with his three grandchildren.
Passion for Wonderbound
I was on a similarly-sized dance company board in Indianapolis. I love all aspects of contemporary dance and feel we have multiple obligations — to keep the art of dance alive, to provide careers for our performers, and of prime importance, to enrich audiences and the community. Wonderbound is nothing short of magical in terms of its collaboration with other Denver artists from a variety of arts disciplines, its service to the community – from school children to senior citizens or the homeless and the urban neighborhood within in which we reside – and the art that results from all of the above.