10 things to know about Atlanta's Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

NEW YORK — The big news of Monday morning is that Ryan Seacrest has been named as Kelly Ripa's co-host for LIVE with Kelly.

Did you know that the radio and TV star is from Atlanta?

You can watch 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' on WSB-TV at 9 a.m.

Here are 10 things to know about the Atlanta-native:

Ryan Seacrest said Channel 2's John Pruitt was is idol growing up.

  • He was a graduate of Dunwoody High School. 

Ryan Seacrest as a child

  • He studied journalism at University of Georgia.
  • He interned at STAR 94 in Atlanta with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in radio.
  • He left UGA at age 19 to move to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career.
  • Seacrest took over the role of host for "Dick Clark for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" when the legendary TV host suffered a stroke.

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark in 2011

Ryan Seacrest at UGA graduation