Ryan Seacrest is an American producer, TV host, and radio personality. He is best known for hosting American Idol, having received Emmy Award nominations from 2004-2013 and 2016.
Born in Georgia, Seacrest displayed a strong passion for an on-screen career when playing with microphones and doing shows in his house at a young age. His experience starts at just 16 years of age, interning for a radio channel in which he had the opportunity to host his first show when the regular DJ called in sick. Seacrest had continued his education at the University of Georgia but ultimately left at 19 to pursue a broadcasting career in Hollywood. In May 2016, Seacrest was invited to deliver the commencement speech for the University of Georgia’s graduation ceremony and awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He also has a radio show called On Air with Ryan.
Ryan Seacrest starting hosting game shows in 1993 for ESPN before landing his hosting position for American Idol. Having become a familiar face from the show, he was able to host spin-off shows and start his career as an executive producer. Seacrest produced and co-hosted New Years Rockin’ Eve and worked with Dick Clark, a mentor and friend of Seacrest.
In 2010 Ryan Seacrest established his charity foundation, the nonprofit Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF). Seacrest shares on the foundation’s website that with the collaboration of his family, the foundation is dedicated to inspiring kids who have already faced life-threatening illness and diseases through entertainment and education. Through education and entertainment initiatives, the foundation will remain a positive reinforcement within the healing process for the kids.
In a Premier Gazette article, it was the foundation is associated with nine medical centers and named Selena Gomez as an ambassador in 2012. RSF provides four ways to get involved in this cause, through donating, interning/volunteering, spreading the word, and subscribing to the RSF newsletter.
To learn more about RSF’s efforts and how to help, click here.