Ross Reynolds

Senior Host, The Conversation

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 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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Urban Agriculture
3:48 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

4-H Teaches Poultry Prowess To Urban Kids

Katie Moen (second from right), of Ballard, won at the King County Fair last weekend.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds discussed the 4-H Club's program to teach kids responsibility and life skills by raising poultry. Despite its reputation as a rural organization, 4-H has been reaching urban kids as well. This year's junior poultry showmanship winner at the King County Fair was 10-year-old Katie Moen of Ballard with her Silkie bantam.

Washington Wildfires
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

One Wildfire Victim Never Got An Evacuation Notice, Here's Why

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke speaks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington, about coming back to her home after the Carlton Complex wildfire tore through the area and her frustration over never having received an evacuation notice in the first place. Then, Ross Reynolds talks with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers about why people like Riggan didn't receive the same notices that other residents did.

Music
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What About Bob? Explaining The Obsession Of Dylan Fans

Ross Reynolds talks with author David Kinney about this new book "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob."

Seattle Boom
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture

Flickr Photo/Wonderlane (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Last week, Microsoft began the biggest layoffs in the company’s history: 18,000 total expected in the next year. So far, about 1,300 local workers have been affected.

Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on The Record that this event is a test for the local economy. He said the Seattle area is in the midst of an economic boom – driven by Amazon, Boeing’s 777X and 737, increased exports and low unemployment.

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Parks
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

To Park District Or Not: Two Sides Debate Seattle Proposition One

Gasworks Park, Seattle
Flickr Photo/Roy Patrick Tan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with two advocates concerning Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a Seattle Park District. Don Harper is with the group Our Parks Forever, which opposes the passage of Prop 1, and Ken Bounds is with Seattle Parks For All, which advocates for it.

Corporate Downsizing
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

What Happens After A Layoff

Microsoft announced this week that the company would be laying off 18,000 employees in the next year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Osborne, vice president of client services at Waldron, a human resources consulting firm based in Seattle, about how downsizing companies may provide for laid off employees.

History
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington's Last Waltz With Ending Prohibition

Ross Reynolds talks to Redmond Barnett, head of the exhibits department for the Washington State Historical Society, about what happened the last time the state lifted prohibition.

Tech News
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region

Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop, founder of Geekwire, about the announcement that Microsoft will be cutting 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 1,351 in the Seattle region.

Persecution
10:51 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Flee Or Die: Olympia Quakers Support Uganda's Underground Railroad

In this Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, a Kenyan gay wears a mask to preserve his anonymity during a rare protest against Uganda's anti-homosexuality law.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis

In March, Talcott Broadhead received a call from a friend. Weeks earlier, the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law, and a crisis was emerging in the small nation in East Africa.

The act calls for the imprisonment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, and was inspired in part by three American evangelical Christians

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Fire Season
3:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hot Weather Increasing Wildfires In Eastern Washington

Firefighters battling a wildfire in Washington last year.
Flickr Photo/US Department of Agriculture (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Janet Pearce about recent wildfires in the state. Pearce does community outreach and environmental education for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources about the wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Then, Reynolds interviews Michael Fishbaugher, who was evacuated from his home last week as a wildfire swept within half a mile of his house.

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Commercial Real Estate
3:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

What's Hot Right Now: Downtown Seattle Property Values

Ross Reynolds talks with economist and real estate analyst Matthew Gardner about the commercial real estate market in Seattle.

Vaughn Palmer
3:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Rob Ford's Sobriety Coach Says He Likes To Take 'The Hard Cases'

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Credit Flickr Photo/West Annex News (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Vancouver Sun reporter Vaughn Palmer about the latest news from Canada: The British Columbia teachers union is still on strike and Rob Ford is back on the campaign trail.

Mental Health
3:29 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nearly 87 Percent Of Mentally Ill Washingtonians Are Unemployed

Ross Reynolds talks with David Johnson, CEO of Navos Mental Health Solutions, about the connections between mental illness and unemployment. A recent report found that in Washington state, 86.9 percent of people who make contact with the public health system are unemployed. That's higher than the national average of 80 percent.

Public Safety
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How Safe Are Escalators In Washington?

Flickr Photo/Vicki (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos about her investigation into escalator safety in Washington state.

Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

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