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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Legalized Marijuana
4:34 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Reactions To Attorney General's Opinion On Pot Moratoriums

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.
Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds talks with Alison Holcomb, ACLU's drug policy director, and Candice Bock, government relations advocate for the Association of Washington Cities, about state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's position on local governments' pot moratoriums. On Thursday, Ferguson said state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.

Transportation
4:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro

King County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for a plan B – an April 22nd vote by King County voters to raise the money to prevent cuts to King County Metro Transit.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about his plan to fund King County Metro Transit, separate from the state legislature's transportation package — a package that has yet to get off the ground.

Police Reform
3:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New Rule Allows SPD Chief To Hire Top Staff From Outside Department

The new ordinance allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.
Flickr Photo/ME659! (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper about a new city policy that allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.

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Aerospace
4:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Interstate Battle For Boeing 777X Wing Production

Everett, Moses Lake, Spokane and Frederickson are currently among the four locations vying for Boeing’s wing work.
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the aerospace industry in the South Sound, and what makes it an appealing place to build the Boeing 777X wing.

Politics
4:04 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The State Of Our State With Governor Inslee

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

Politics
4:18 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Washington Lawmaker Hopes To Make Lobbying More Transparent

Rep. Jim Moeller
Washington State Legislature

Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington state Representative Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver) about a proposed bill that would require lobbyists to electronically document all expenses spent on "wooing" state lawmakers in a searchable public database.

State Government
4:16 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

House Passes Washington DREAM Act, But Will The Senate Take It Up?

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Ross Reynolds talks with Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle) as the Washington State DREAM Act heads to the State Senate. The House already approved the bill, less known as HB1817, on Monday.

Author Interview
3:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Joseph Cirincione On The Threat Of 'Nuclear Nightmares'

Author Joseph Cirincione in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Ross Reynolds talks with author Joseph Cirincione about his latest book “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.” 

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Author Interview
4:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Sustainability Guru Talks Local Eating

Vicki Robin's book "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us"

Ross Reynolds talks with Vicki Robin about her latest book, "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.”  In it, she writes about an experiment she did in 2010 to eat only locally-sourced food within 10 miles of her Whidbey Island home. She is a local leader in the sustainable living movement and one of the founders of Sustainable Seattle.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gary Shteyngart: From The Soviet Union To US Novelist

Author Gary Shteyngart in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new memoir: a story of growing up in the Soviet Union, moving to the US as a child and becoming a novelist. It’s called “Little Failure.”

Thailand Protests
2:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Thai Anti-Government Protesters Occupy Bangkok

Thousands of protesters against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra filled the streets of Bangkok.
Flickr Photo/Kitty Chirapongse

Ross Reynolds speaks with ​Thai political blogger and foreign correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut about the anti-government protests shutting down Bangkok streets, and what it means for the future of democracy in Thailand.

Grassroots Campaign
4:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant jokes with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at her first City Council meeting.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Reputation Economics
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

How Much Is Your Mother Worth?

Joshua Klein in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with professional hacker and author Joshua Klein about why who you know is more valuable than what you have.

Sports
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

With Super Bowl Hopes, Can Seahawks Live Up To The Hype?

Die-hard Seahawks fans pack CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Philip Robertson

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances to beat the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Free Agent
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Role Of 'Basketball Diplomacy' In North Korea

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Korean players at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

When former basketball star Dennis Rodman implied to CNN that Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood, Wash., man imprisoned in North Korea, had committed a crime, Bae’s sister lashed out.

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