Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrated radio and TV host Ryan Seacrest launched his career at the age of 16 when he became an intern at Atlanta’s Star 94.1 FM. He appeared on air for the first time as a temporary DJ, and eventually earned the overnight shift on weekends. He would continue working for Star 94.1 until his graduation from high school in 1992.
Following his graduation, Seacrest enrolled in the University of Georgia to study Journalism, but he would leave at the age of 19 to move to Los Angeles.
Between 1993 to 2001, Ryan Seacrest hosted numerous reality television shows on channels such as NBC, TNN and ESPN. In 2002, he would be brought on to co-host the first season of Fox’s American Idol. The show would launch Seacrest into the national spotlight, and starting from the second season, he became the sole host until the end of its run in 2016.
In 2005, Seacrest became an executive producer and co-host on ABC’s celebrated annual New Year’s broadcast Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The show would be renamed in 2009 to feature his name, and following Dick Clark’s passing in 2012, Seacrest would stay on as host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
In 2017, Seacrest became the co-host of syndicated morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan along with Kelly Ripa.
American Idol host Seacrest is the owner of fashion collection Distinction, which maintains a partnership with Macy’s. He is also the owner of production company Ryan Seacrest Productions, which has developed programming for E!, NBC and ABC, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, one of the most recognizable and influential reality shows in television history.
A dedicated philanthropist, Seacrest is the founder of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which operates children’s medical centers in seven states and Washington D.C.
In addition to his many engagements, Seacrest continues a career on radio as host of American Top 40 as well as 102.7 KIIS FM’s On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Read this article from Men’s Journal to know about Ryan’s weight loss struggles.