Ross Reynolds

Host, The Record

Ross has been co-host of KUOW’s daily news magazine The Record since September 2013. Before that he hosted The Conversation, KUOW's award–winning daily news–talk program from 2000 to 2013. Ross came to KUOW in 1987 as news director and in 1992 became program director. As program director, he changed the station's format from classical/news to news and yet more news. In 1998, Ross became program director and news director. KUOW's coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999 won a National Headliner First Place Award for Coverage of a Live Event.

Along the way, Ross hosted the daily magazine program Seattle Afternoon; the award–winning regional newsmagazine Northwest Journal that aired in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska; and a weekly public television interview program on KCTS Seattle called Upon Reflection. He is a frequent moderator for political debates and discussions in the Seattle community.

Ross has participated in journalism fellowships which have taken him to Germany, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tokyo,  South Korea and Malaysia.  In 2011, Ross graduated from the University of Washington with a master's degree in digital media from the School of Communication.

His pre-KUOW career included seven years as news director at community radio station KBOO in Portland, five years as news and public affairs director at WCUW in Worcester, Massachusetts, two years as music editor of Worcester Magazine, and short stints as fill-in news director at KMXT Kodiak, Alaska, and the Pacifica National News Service, Washington, DC, bureau. Ross has a cameo role in the documentary film "Manufacturing Consent," an intellectual biography of Noam Chomsky.


Global Education
3:34 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Should Bill Gates Be In The Classroom?

Gates Foundation founder Bill Gates.
Credit Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk

  Ross Reynolds talks with Sandra Stotsky, University of Arkansas education professor emerita, about Bill Gates' push to bring a new model of teaching history to classrooms around the world. 

Trademark Seattle
3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Iconic Seattle P-I Globe Still Needs A Home

Credit Flickr Photo/Jo Morrill (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Leonard Garfield, director of the Museum of History and Industry, about MOHAI's efforts to find a new home for the landmark P-I globe.

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3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Why The Young Unchurched Flock To Evangelical Churches

During a service at Mars Hill Church's dowtown Seattle location.
Flickr Photo/Mars Hill Church (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with James Wellman, chair of the comparative religion program at the University of Washington, about why young people are drawn to evangelical institutions like Mars Hill Church and are leaving mainline denominations behind.

Wellman will be speaking at the Christ and Cascadia conference this month, an academic gathering addressing Christian renewal in the region.

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3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Commentator: Detroit Missed Opportunity With Mariners Manager

Seattle Mariner's manager Lloyd McClendon.
Credit Wikipedia Photo/Eric Enfermero

Ross Reynolds talks with John U. Bacon, sports commentator for Michigan Public Radio, about Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who previously coached the Detroit Tigers.

State Budget
3:21 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

State Funding Shortfalls Squeeze Universities

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about Washington state's proposal to trim university budgets by as much as 15 percent.

Video Games
2:51 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Microsoft Buys 'Minecraft' For $2.5 Billion

Ross Reynolds talks with Jamin Warren, founder of the videogame arts and culture company Kill Screen, about what Microsoft has to gain from buying the company behind the hugely popular video game "Minecraft."

Stand Up
10:27 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Your Chair Is Killing You (Literally)

Inspired by his interview, KUOW's Ross Reynolds chooses to stand at his desk when not in the studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. James Levine about his book, "Get Up! Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It." Dr. Levine treats obesity at the Mayo Clinic and he’s the inventor of the treadmill desk.

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Congressional Race
3:03 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Pedro Celis Restructures Campaign With Young Strategists

  Ross Reynolds speaks with Todd Donovan, professor of political science at Western Washington University, about U.S. representative candidate Pedro Celis' decision to hire young hotshots who helped bring down House Speaker Eric Cantor.

Author Interview
2:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Watergate: Answering Who Knew What And When

John Dean with host Ross Reynolds in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

Ross Reynolds speaks with John Dean, who was President Richard Nixon's one-time legal counsel and was a pivotal figure in the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.  

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Life With Machines
2:42 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Oxford Philosopher Says We’re Running Out of Time to Save Ourselves From The Machines

Flickr Photo/Alex Dixon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Nick Bostrom, founder of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, about why we should be thinking – now – about how to avoid creating a superintelligent machine that accidentally destroys the world.

Changing City
2:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Scott Kubly On Transportation In Seattle

Scott Kubly accepting Major Murray's appointment to direct the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Credit City of Seattle Photo

Ross Reynolds talks to Scott Kubly, director of Seattle's Department of Transportation about his plans to improve Seattle's transportation system.

1:48 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Tennis Coach Steve Wilkinson's Unusual Approach To Winning

Ross Reynolds speaks with Steve Wilkinson, a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association Hall of Fame. He was the winningest coach in college tennis while at Gustavus Adolphus College for 39 years from 1971 to 2009.  

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1:23 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Northwest Cuisine By Boat, Whale And Walrus

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson about her first cookbook, "A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus: Menus and Stories,” written with Jess Thomson. Erickson talks about going from an art major at the University of Washington to running four restaurants, The Whale Wins, the Boat Street Café, Barnacle, and the Walrus and the Carpenter, an acclaimed oyster bar.

3:27 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

When Drivers Hit Cyclists, What Should The Consequences Be?

Ghost bikes appear in Seattle in places where riders are hurt by motorists.
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Construction for a new bike lane on Second Avenue downtown began on Friday, just one week after a truck hit a cyclist, 31-year-old mother Sher Kung. She died at the scene.

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Getting Fresh With Sheryl
3:09 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Pickles And Lavender: Specialties Of Washington Farmers Markets

Sheryl Wiser surveys lavender offerings at the wonderful smelling Sequim market.
Courtesy of Sheryl Wiser

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about what's fresh in local farmer's markets this weekend. Wiser tells us about pickles and other specialties at some of the more than 100 farmers markets in Western Washington.