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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Academy Awards
4:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

'Almost Live' Alum Bob Nelson: 'I Wrote The Movie I Wanted To See'

Bob Nelson arrives at the Writers Guild Awards, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP

Ross Reynolds talks with Almost Live alum Bob Nelson about the film, "Nebraska."

Nelson, who now lives on Whidbey Island, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Nebraska" is up for six Oscars this Sunday.

Education
3:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Inslee To Propose Compromise Bill On Teacher Testing

Flickr Photo/sidewalk flying (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Donna Blankinship, Washington state education reporter for The Associated Press, about lawmakers coming up with a compromise to revise the teacher evaluation system.

Explaining Bitcoin
2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bitcoin: The Decentralized Virtual Currency That We're All Trying To Understand

Not a real bitcoin: the currency doesn't have a physical form; pictures like this are novelty items that often have bitcoin information on them.
Flickr Photo/Antana (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Imagine using online banking – without the bank.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created five years ago. It runs entirely on the sways of the free market: no government or banking institution is backing it.

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Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

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

Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

Ingersoll Gender Center
2:55 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Local Transgender Rights Pioneer Marsha Botzer On Her Life's Work

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

Ross Reynolds sits down with Marsha Botzer, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center, to discuss her work in the Puget Sound LGBTQ community. They also talk about MOHAI's new exhibit Revealing Queer with the co-curator Erin Bailey.

Capital Punishment Debate
12:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Kitsap County Prosecutor Opposes The Death Penalty Moratorium

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ross Reynolds talks with Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge on his support for the death penalty.

Politics
3:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Susan Hutchison: 'The Republicans Have Been Too Weak For Too Long'

Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison.
Courtesy of Susan Hutchison

Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison to talk about the state of the GOP in Washington and her plans for leading the party into the future.

News From Olympia
3:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Why Is Gov. Inslee Mulling A Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers?

Flickr Photo/Steve Johnson (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for state employees and other news from Olympia. 

Capital Punishment
3:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Former Head Of Washington Corrections Supports Death Penalty Moratorium

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

Seattle Police Department
3:01 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Auditor Concerned About SPD Chief's Handling Of Police Misconduct Cases

Flickr Photo/Dmitri Fedortchenko (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with retired judge Anne Levinson about how Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey is handling police officer misconduct cases. Levinson is the independent auditor for the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability.

Military Spending
11:52 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How Will The Proposed Pentagon Cuts Affect Washington State?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with bu
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Ross Reynolds speaks with Adam Ashton, military reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, about the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget cuts and how it would impact local military communities.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Seattle Police Push For Facial Recognition Software

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

Lawsuit
2:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mother Seeks Justice For Her Son's Death In Snohomish County Jail

Flickr Photo/Still Burning (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Cheryl Snow, one of the attorneys representing Rosemary Saffioti, about the lawsuit filed against the Snohomish County. In July 2012, Saffioti's 22-year-old son Michael died in the county jail after failing to receive proper medical care. Michael Saffioti died from a severe allergic reaction to dairy after consuming a meal that contained dairy.

Political Unrest In Kiev
3:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Why Ukraine Is 'Unique' Among Post-Soviet Countries

Activists pay respects to protesters killed in clashes with police, during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest.
AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Ross Reynolds talks with associate professor Scott Radnitz about the growing tension in Ukraine and why there has been a rise in violence. Radnitz explains how the situation in Ukraine differs from the other post-Soviet countries.

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Animal Law
3:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Every Dog Has Its Day (In Court)

Unlike most property, it's hard to assign a value to the pets and companion animals in our lives.
Flickr Photo/Tim Tuttle (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds sits down with Adam Karp, a Bellingham-based attorney, about working to define laws regarding animals in Washington.

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