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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Bipartisan Budget
1:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal

Washington state Senator Patty Murray.

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Patty Murray about the new bipartisan budget deal she constructed with Rep. Paul Ryan.

Marijuana Legalization
1:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Former DEA Agent Takes Job With Cannabis Industry

Washington State Liquor Control Board

Ross Reynolds talks with former DEA agent Patrick Moen about why he left drug law enforcement to work in Washington state's burgeoning cannabis industry.

Health And Exercise
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Science Of Yoga

Flickr Photo/Tomas Sobek

Ross Reynolds discusses the risks and rewards of yoga with lifetime yoga practitioner, author and New York Times reporter William Broad.

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Seattle City Council
1:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Woman Behind City Council Districts: “Everything In The World Is A Business”

In this last round of elections, Seattle voters approved Charter Amendment 19, creating districting for Seattle City Council members.
Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Ross Reynolds talks with Faye Garneau, the woman who started working on a reform to elect Seattle City Council members by neighborhood districts in 1995 and didn’t give up until voters approved it this year.

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Population
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Hong Kong's Population Problem: Not Enough Men

A crowded street in Hong Kong.
Flickr Photo/Vishal Soniji

Ross Reynolds talks with David Cox, writer for The Atlantic and The Guardian, about Hong Kong's shortage of males.

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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