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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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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Marijuana Legalization
3:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Many Indian Tribes Not Likely To Allow Recreational Marijuana

Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds interviews Robert Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, who explains why most Native American tribes in Washington are unlikely to allow the production, sale or use of recreational marijuana.

Elections 2013
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mayor Apparent Ed Murray Explains His First Priorities

At Sen. Ed Murray's election night party, the apparent mayor-to-be was featured in butter.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle mayor apparent, about his first priorities in his new political role.

Tax Levy
2:49 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Rough Streets Of Tacoma: What's Next After The Failure Of The City's Proposition 1

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma public works director Kurtis Kingsolver about the failure of a tax levy to provide funding for needed infrastructure improvements.

Political Criticism
4:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Noam Chomsky On Drone Attacks And The Decline Of US Power

Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek's book "On Western Terrorism."

Ross Reynolds interview author Noam Chomsky about his latest book co-written with Andre Vltchek called "On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Attacks."

Science
4:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Defending Earth From Asteroids

Flickr Photo/Robert Davies

Ross Reynolds talks with Association of Space Explorers' Rusty Schweickart, former astronaut and founder of asteroid defense organization, B612, about defending this planet from space objects.

US-Iran Relations
3:59 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Iran's Largest Ever Anti-US Rally Takes Place Amid US-Iran Thaw

A long-standing piece of political propoganda on a building in Tehran, Iran.
Flickr Photo/Hardy R

Ross Reynolds talks with Robin Wright, foreign policy analyst at the Wilson Center, about what the anti-US protests in Iran could mean for US-Iran diplomacy.

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

40 Years To Combat Hunger

Howard G. Buffet's book "40 Chances."

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years.

Pot Legalization
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Taxing Marijuana In Colorado: A Possible Model For Washington?

Flickr Photo/prensa4

Ross Reynolds interviews reporter Ben Markus of Colorado Public Radio about Colorado proposition that would help answer a question that both Colorado and Washington state have been struggling with: How do you tax and regulate recreational marijuana?

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Sleepless Seattle
8:56 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Beyond Singles: A Sneak Peak At Movies And TV Shot In Seattle

MOHAI's Celluloid Seattle features movies and TV shows shot in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

You know that "Singles" and "Sleepless in Seattle" were shot in Seattle, but what about Cameron Crowe’s "Say Anything"? Or "Humpday" and "It Happened at the World’s Fair," starring Elvis (in Technicolor)?

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