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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Public Safety Debate
5:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Olympia Wages Food Fight, Bans Group From Feeding Homeless

Olympia resident Ben Charles, of Crazy Faith Outreach, has been serving food to the homeless in an Olympia parking lot for nearly three years. Now the city has banned the group, citing public safety concerns.

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Homelessness
3:54 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

A Battle Is Brewing In Olympia Over Feeding The Homeless

Ben Charles and the Crazy Faith Outreach group have been  feeding homeless people in a parking lot in Olympia every Thursday evening. But now city official want them to shut it down. Ross Reynolds talks to Tom Hill, Olympia’s building official.

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Ask The Plastic Surgeon
3:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

More Men Consider Plastic Surgery

Liposuction surgery procedure performed by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vishal Kapoor.
Flickr Photo/Vishal Kapoor

The number of men going under the knife in 2012 for cosmetic reasons is 30 percent higher than a decade ago. What men are having done is changing too. Dr. Phil Haeck joins Ross Reynolds to talk about trends in plastic surgery. Haeck has been a plastic surgeon in the Northwest for 27 years and is the ­former president of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.

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Handling Hazing
4:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Statewide Perspective On Hazing

Garfield High School is the focus of a recent large hazing event being investigated by police, but hazing continues to be a statewide issue.
Flickr Photo/Don Brubeck

Eight suspects have been identified so far in the Garfield High School hazing incident that took place last Friday. About 100 students participated in the hazing event at the UW Arboretum. The Seattle Police Department and Garfield High School is combing through the evidence and will be interviewing the victims and suspects to determine the best course of action to take against the suspects.

Hazing is illegal in Washington state, so how do different districts handle hazing? Mike Donlin is the program supervisor at the School Safety Center in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. He explains how the state handles hazing.

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The Depressed Cake Shop
9:28 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Baking Away Depression

From The Depressed Cake Shop's Facebook page.

Back in August, a baker named Emma Thomas, opened up a series of pop-up bakeries across London. Unlike most colorful cakes and cookies, all of the baked goods in Emma’s shop were in shades of grey.She called it the “Depressed Cake Shop.” Local bakers and businesses donated delicacies and proceeds from the sales went to charities that supported people struggling with mental illness.

It wasn't long before Emma’s pop-up idea spread across the globe. Bakeries began appearing in Malaysia, Australia, India, San Francisco and now Seattle. On Saturday visitors to Sole Repair Shop will have the chance to buy a variety of dark baked goods. Fifteen local bakers and pastry shops will be donating everything from cake pops to champagne-flavored marshmallows flown in from San Francisco.

Megan Seling, writer for The Stranger and author of the cookbook "Bake It In A Cake," is one of the bakers donating sweets to the shop. She used baking as a distraction and coping mechanism to help her through depression.  Seling said that baking gave her a chance to take the cookies to people and interact with co-workers in a way that was positive and the formulaic process provided a much needed distraction in the dark days of fall and winter.

If you want to indulge in some dark sweets, The Depressed Cake Shop in Seattle will be open Saturday October 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on the event visit their Facebook page. All proceeds from the event will be going to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Greater Seattle area.

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Immigration Overhaul
9:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Introducing An Immigration Bill During Federal Shutdown Wrangling

Suzan DelBene.

While much of the nation’s attention has been on the government shutdown, yesterday House Democrats introduced an immigration bill. At the start of the year a bipartisan gang of eight senators unveiled an immigration overhaul. Washington state’s  first district Congress member Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of the comprehensive immigration legislation. She spoke with Ross Reynolds about the bill.

Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Fueling The Federal Shutdown: Republican Infighting

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington on Wednesday despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Graduate Says Hazing Is A Part Of Garfield High School Tradition

Garfield High School in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf

When Seattle Police officers and Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard arrived at the Arboretum last Friday afternoon, they found more than 100 Garfield students drinking hard alcohol and beer, dressed up in diapers, covered in shoe polish and being paddled by boards or pelted with eggs.

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SNAP Assistance
12:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How Scheduled Food Stamp Reductions Will Affect Washington Residents

Flickr Photo/Great Beyond

Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.

Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.

David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.

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Microsoft
12:07 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Investors Want Gates To Step Down

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and philanthropist. You probably know him as Bill. He has done a few things, most notably, perhaps, building the software empire Microsoft. Although Bill Gates has stepped away from the daily operations at Microsoft, he’s still chairman of the board. And some influential Microsoft investors are calling for Gates to step down. That’s according to a story from Reuters Corporate Board Correspondent, Nadia Damouni.

Farmers Market Shopping
4:53 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Fall-ing In Love With Peppers And Apples

Flickr Photo/Katy Watts

It may be cold outside but it is warm in the kitchen as fresh apples make their way from the farmers market and into our homes. Ross Reynolds talks about the tasty treats that are fresh at the farmers market with Cascade Harvest's Sheryl Wiser.

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Art Exhibit
1:14 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

RACE: Are We So Different?

Flickr Photo/Nathan Gibbs

What does race mean? How much of what race means is determined by biology? And how much by society? Is there confusion between the biological basis of race and how we view race? These are the questions answered in a new exhibit at the Pacific Science Center titled "RACE: Are We So Different?"

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Pacific Science Center and city of Seattle are hosting two evening events that examine the state of racial inequities in the United States. Ross Reynolds sits down with John Powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and Julie Nelson, director of the Race and Social Justice Initiative for the city of Seattle for a discussion on race in Seattle.

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Author Interview
12:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better

Clive Thompson's book, "Smarter Than You Think."

The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."

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Fatal September
12:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Surge In Violence In Iraq

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday.
Credit AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.

Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.

Teanaway Land Purchase
12:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

State Buys 38,000 Football Fields Of Land In Teanaway

Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Natural Resources

 

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Forterra announced yesterday the purchase of more than 50,000 acres in the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed.

It will be designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. That’s big. How big? Think 38,000 football fields. It’s the state’s largest land acquisition in 45 years. Ross Reynolds spoke to Washington State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark as he headed from Olympia to Teanaway and asked him about the future of this now state-run land.  

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