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.


Sexual Assault
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Shifts Burden Of Proof In Rape Cases

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Emily Cordo, legal director for Sexual Violence Legal Services at the YWCA, about the Washington Supreme Court's 6-3 opinion that the state cannot require defendants in rape cases to prove that their alleged victim consented in order to escape conviction.

10:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Who Will Control The Internet Of The Future?

Disaggregation - which means to pull apart - has impacted newspapers for year. Now it's coming for TV.
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In 2009, I was interviewing Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson about his book, "Free: The Future of a Radical Price." He argued that people want things for free in this emerging economy, so to make money, you have to figure out sidelines.

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Trick Or Treat
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Perils Of Helicopter Parenting On Halloween

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Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, about how allowing children freedom while trick-or-treating helps them mature. Gray is the author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life." 

News From Canada
3:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

British Columbia Apologizes For Hanging Native Chiefs 150 Years Ago

Ross Reynolds talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the ramifications of last week's shooting in Ottawa and the British Columbia government's apology for hanging six native leaders 150 years ago.

The Record
2:46 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Are Lobbyists Influencing Washington's Attorney General?

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Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times reporter Eric Lipton about the influence of lobbyists on attorneys general. Reynolds also gets a response from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The Record
2:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Dr. Atul Gawande On What Matters In End-Of-Life Care

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Ross Reynolds has a wide-ranging discussion of end-of-life issues with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."  

Gawande discusses  several issues such as how medical science views death as a failure, and does not always examine how medical treatments affect people at the end; innovations in assisted living and hospice to not only improve the quality of life, but also allow people to live longer; and how health care professionals are trying to become better at end of life care.

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2:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Outrage Over FBI's Fake News Article In Bomb Threat Case

Ross Reynolds talks to Christopher Soghoian, privacy expert for the ACLU, about a 2007 case where the FBI created a fake news link and sent it to a student they suspected was calling in bomb threats to Timberline High School. The link planted malware on the suspect's computer that the FBI was able to use to track and convict the teen.    

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated which news outlet the FBI used to bait the student suspected of making bomb threats. It was The Associated Press, not The Seattle Times as the guest noted in the radio interview.

School Shooting
2:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

After Tragedy In Marysville, The Search for Why

Hundreds gather at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School gym to mourn the shooting that took place last Friday.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Peter Langman, author of "Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters," about how communities search for explanations after a school shooting.

Campaign Scandal
2:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Everything You Know About Gary Hart Is Wrong

Colorado Demoncratic Senator Gary Hart at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California.
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Ross Reynolds interviews Matt Bai, national political correspondent for Yahoo News, about his book on the Gary Hart debacle.

If you know who Hart is, you probably remember his flame-out campaign for president. In 1987 the Democratic Senator from Colorado was running against George H.W. Bush was ahead by double digits. But when the Miami Herald ran a story about a supposed affair Hart was having with model Donna Rice, his campaign fell apart within a week. 

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Graphic Artist
1:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cey Adams: From Graffiti To Corporate Clients

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Ross Reynolds speaks with graphic artist Cey Adams about how Adams' career has paralleled the rise of hip hop and rap culture over the past 30 years. 

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Author Interview
2:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bob Odenkirk Writes 'A Load Of Hooey'

Credit Bob Odenkirk's collection of essays, "A Load of Hooey"

Ross Reynolds talks with actor and writer Bob Odenkirk, who you may know from Breaking Bad,  about his new collection of essays, "A Load Of Hooey."

End Of Life
2:07 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Seattle Is Blazing The Trail On Cremation

Kenya Carver holds ashes of her friend Richard Haney. She is scattering them around the world on her travels.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds talks with Jeff Jorgenson, owner of Elemental Cremation and Burial, about why 90 percent of people in Seattle are cremated, compared with only 47 percent nationally.

Democracy Movement
3:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Gary Locke On How The Hong Kong Protests Might Play Out

A scene from the Hong Kong protests on October 3.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Gary Locke about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Locke is a former Washington governor and former U.S. ambassador to China.

2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How Youth Unemployment Could Drag Down Our Future Economy

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Allison, policy and research manager for the Millennial advocacy group Young Invincibles, about youth employment in the United States.

Background Checks
3:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

591 Or 594? Former Cops Differ On Gun Control

Ross Reynolds talks with two former law enforcement officials on opposite sides of this fall's gun ballot measures. 

Don Pierce is a former Bellingham police chief and the former executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He supports 594, which calls for stricter background checks. 

William Burris is a retired detective and spokesman for the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. He supports Initiative 591, which would limit the restrictions the state can place on gun ownership.

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