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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Marijuana Laws
5:11 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Post-Election Pot Policies Around The US

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ross Reynolds talks to Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, about new state and local pot laws that were passed around the country in last week’s elections.

Game Design
3:16 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

From Student Project To Video Game Hit: Portal Designer Kim Swift

Game designer Kim Swift.
Flickr Photo/Official GDC

Ross Reynolds talks with local Portal designer Kim Swift about living her childhood dream.

Bonus And Promotion Competition
3:14 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Microsoft To End "Stack Ranking" In Employee Evaluations

Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Tahira Probst about the controversial practice of "stack ranking" (which Microsoft announced it will do away with) and other employee evaluation methods. She is a professor of psychology and the interim Assistant Vice Chancellor Of Academic Affairs at Washington State University- Vancouver.

Machinist Dispute
3:13 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

How Boeing Avoids The Negotiation Table

Boeing headquarters in Chicago.
Flickr Photo/contemplative imaging

Ross Reynolds talks with aerospace and defense editor at Reuters, Alwyn Scott, about how Boeing's labor dispute compares to other union negotiations.

Business
5:13 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Amazon Partners With USPS For Sunday Delivery In NYC, LA

USPS is partnering with Amazon, and possibly other companies, to offer Sunday delivery.
Flickr Photo/Ron Doke

Amazon has partnered with the United States Postal Service to offer Sunday package delivery in New York City and Los Angeles. The initiative is believed to be mutually beneficial. The USPS gets to expand one of the only areas where it is actually making money – package shipment. Amazon can more closely compete with the brick and mortar stores that boast Sunday hours.

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Shed Light On DHS
3:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Crowd-Sourcing Homeland Security Oversight

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhodes

Ross Reynolds interviewed Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC’s On The Media, about a new project that is using listeners to take on a very big task: holding the Department of Homeland Security accountable for its policies and practices.

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Business
11:42 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Rich Barton: Local Entrepreneur Goes Global

Rich Barton, creator of Expedia and Zillow.
Flickr Photo/Erik Hersman

Ross Reynolds interviewed Rich Barton, a former Microsoft executive who went on to create the online travel site Expedia and the co-found the online real estate database Zillow.

Barton was invited to this year’s Global Entrepreneurial Summit to give a keynote speech and offer his knowledge to budding entrepreneurs, most of whom hailed from North Africa and the Middle East.

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Army
4:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson Receives Medal Of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Will Swenson.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson about receiving the Medal Of Honor and his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.

Health Care Reform
4:28 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Insurance Coverage Of Mental Health Services Grows Under Affordable Care Act

Ross Reynolds talk with Amnon Shoenfeld, the director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, about the new health care regulations for insurance companies.

Corporate Taxes
3:49 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

When Did Taxes Become A Bargaining Tool?

David Leonhardt's "Here's the Deal."

Ross Reynolds talks with David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of the New York Times and author of "Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth."

History
10:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

When Fishing Was The Common Language During Strained US-Soviet Relations

A copy of Life Magazine details the joint fishing venture between the US-Societ Union during the Cold War.
Courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

In the competitive world of fishing, joining forces can be tough work. It’s even more difficult if the two parties are superpowers at the height of Cold War tensions.

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Budget
4:28 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Seattle Parks Face $250 Million Maintenance Backlog

Green Lake, Seattle's most popular park, is not immune to the repair backlog choking the city.
Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

Ross Reynolds investigates how the city's approximate $250 million repair and upgrade backlog looks like on the ground at Seattle's most popular park — Green Lake in North Seattle.

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Global Health
3:02 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Seattle Non-Profit's Role In Newly Approved Vaccine For Deadly Brain Disease

Flickr Photo/Sanofi Pasteur

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Kathy Neuzil about a vaccine for the deadly brain disease Japanese encephalitis that has been recently approved by the World Health Organization. Neuzil is a professor in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and the director of the Vaccine Access and Delivery Program at Seattle's PATH, where the vaccine was tested.

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Sustainable Architecture
7:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A House You Could Heat With A Hair Dryer

The Ritchie family - builder Sloan, wife Jennifer, Paxton and Sienna - outside Seattle's first Passive House
Aaron Leitz Photography

At the forefront of energy saving home construction is movement called Passive House. Passive houses are so air tight, builders say they can be heated with a hair dryer.

Buildings consume an estimated 42 percent of America’s energy – more than any other sector. Moving to a more sustainable future compels more energy efficiency in new building construction

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Neuroscience
3:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Can You Be Too Drunk To Remember Smoking Crack?

Flickr Photo/bwats2

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making headlines after admitting to using crack cocaine, stating that it happened "probably in one of my drunken stupors."

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