Ross Reynolds

Senior Host, The Conversation

Ross has hosted The Conversation, KUOW's award–winning daily news–talk program, since 2000. 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 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.

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Documentary
3:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History'

Greenwood School student, Pasha, reciting the Gettysburg Address in Ken Burns' latest documentary.
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Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "The Address."

The film captures the story of a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Business
3:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Would You Accept Money To Quit Your Job?

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Ross Reynolds talks with behavioral economist Uri Gneezy about company incentives and why Amazon is implementing the "Pay to Quit" program.

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Income Inequality
3:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Political Chess Game Of The $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
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Ross Reynolds talks with 15 Now Campaign Manager Jess Spear about its proposed Seattle city charter amendment to change the minimum wage to $15.

Then, Marcie Sillman checks in with political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News about the politics behind the $15 minimum wage movement and what we can expect looking forward.

Seattle 2035
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Applying The Urban Center Focus In The University District

University District in Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Margaret O'Mara, history professor at the University of Washington, about how Seattle's urban center focus might affect the University District. The urban center focus is one of three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035 as the city prepares for population growth over the next 20 years.

Military Veterans
3:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Lack Of Accountability:' An Investigation Into Wrongful Deaths At VA Hospitals

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds talks with journalist Aaron Glantz about preventable deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals. Glantz covers veterans and military issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Seattle 2035
11:30 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Approaches To Seattle's Comprehensive Plan

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Tom Hauger, manager of Comprehensive and Regional Planning at the City of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. Hauger talks about the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
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It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Education Reform
3:29 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Common Core State Standards Explained

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Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the new changes to learning standards in Washington state public schools.

Psychology
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True?

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Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction.

Computer Security
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer

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Ross Reynolds talks with Teresa Seyfried, program operations manager at the UW Surplus Store, about how to properly wipe data off of your computer before reselling or donating it.

Income Inequality
3:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Listeners Weigh In On $15 Minimum Wage Debate

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Steve Scher and Ross Reynolds talk with guests and listeners about raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.

Guests include Gea Bassett, owner of Green Cleaning Seattle Eco-Maid Services, and Matt Galvin, co-owner of Pagliacci Pizza.

News From Canada
3:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Quebec's New Premier, Sewage Standoff, And Bill Clinton On Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
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Quebec names Philippe Couillard as its new premier after the general election on April 7, and Vancouver's sewage treatment plans run into some setbacks. Plus, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets offered to star in a reality TV show.

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

Universal Internet
2:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seattle Reconsidering Building A City Owned Broadband Network

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bill Schrier, City of Seattle's former chief technology officer, about the challenges to building a municipal broadband network in Seattle.

Urban Planning
4:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Re-Engaging Neighborhoods For Seattle's Future

Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the April 5 Neighborhood Summit and how the city could support thriving neighborhoods in the future.

Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

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