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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Government Surveillance
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Say Enough Spying, Rep. DelBene Agrees

US Rep. Suzan DelBene

Ross Reynolds talks with US Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about a bill called the USA Freedom Act that would reign in government surveillance capabilities.

Digital Campaigns
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

What Makes A Successful Digital Activist?

Members of the Digital Activism Research Project.
Courtesy of Digital Activism Research Project

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Philip Howard, leader of the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington, about his research on digital activist.

Avoiding Complications
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

How To Stay Safe During Your Next Hospital Visit

Flickr Photo/cursedthing

Ross Reynolds checks in with Consumer Union's Lisa McGiffert about how to prepare for a hospital visit to minimize your risk of infection or complications.  McGiffert heads the Safe Patient Project, the campaign that put out "Your Hospital Survival Guide" for Consumer Reports.

Holiday Shopping
1:55 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

For Sale At UW Surplus: Size 18 Football Shoes, Creepy Dolls, A Spittoon

Eric Wahl with a potholder from Namibia
Credit Ross Reynolds

When someone wants to get rid of anything at the University of Washington – and seriously, anything – it typically gets turned over to the UW Surplus Store.

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Film Is Truth
10:51 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Will Scarecrow Video's 25th Birthday Be The Last?

A Seattle institution: Scarecrow Video on Roosevelt Way in the University District.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Scarecrow Video, Seattle’s largest video rental store, has an animation room. It has French comedies from the 1960s that aren’t even available in France. It has rows of films listed by obscure directors and the entire DVD box set of thirtysomething (which, upon reflection, perhaps it shouldn’t).

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Before Grunge
3:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

When A Small Seattle Label Convinced Kurt Cobain To Play On

Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt onstage behind Nirvana at LameFest UK in December 1989, as Kris Novoselic prepares to put a bass guitar out of its misery.
Courtesy of Bazillion Points Books/Steve Double

In June 1989, Sub Pop Records rented out the Moore Theatre in Seattle to showcase three of its up-and-coming bands: Mudhoney, Tad and Nirvana. The manager sent security home early because he didn’t think anyone would show up.

The manager was wrong: It was the first sold-out show by a local group. The lack of control and the chaos from a crazy crowd resulted in Sub Pop being blacklisted from the Moore for the next 10 years.

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Cultural Divide
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Two Worlds, One Country: China’s Urban-Rural Split

Credit Flickr Photo/Samuel Vigier

Ross Reynolds talks with ContextChina founder Kristi Heim about the deep divide between China's urban and rural populations. 

Author Interview
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

America's Mirror: Appreciating The Art Of Norman Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's book "American Mirror."

Ross Reynolds talks with author Deborah Solomon about her book "American Mirror: The Life And Art Of Norman Rockwell."

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How Willpower Is Like A Muscle

Roy Baumeister and John Tierney's book "Willpower."

Ross Reynolds speaks with psychologist Roy Baumeister and science writer John Tierney about their book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.”

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Author Interview
3:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Michelle Alexander On How Incarceration Is "The New Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow."

Ross Reynolds talks with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness", about the US criminal justice system and racial control.

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Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How We Can Be More Creative According To The Kelley Brothers

David and Tom Kelley's book "Creative Confidence."

Ross Reynolds talks with brothers David and Tom Kelley about the importance of creativity. The brothers run the design firm IDEO and wrote a book titled: "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us."

Seattle City Council
3:41 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Licata's Advice To Kshama Sawant: 'Be Honest To Yourself And Respect People'

Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about the unique challenges that outsider candidates face.

777x Production
3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Witchita Shows Solidarity For NW Machinist, But Other Cities Still Wooing Boeing

A prototype for the 777x from a Boeing handout.
Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

Economy And Politics
3:59 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities Are Becoming Powerhouses

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, about how cities are becoming a fix to the economy and to politics.

Education Controversy
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan.

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