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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Marijuana
7:45 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Tour A State Permitted-Medical Marijuana Grow

Workers at Solstice, a medical marijuana facility in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood, trim raw, dried buds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds interviews Alex Cooley, vice president of Solstice, a medical marijuana grow.

Ross Reynolds tours Solstice, a medical marijuana grow in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.

At Solstice, a nondescript warehouse in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, four people in white lab coats sit at tables in a brightly lit room.

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War Pilgrimage
3:42 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Back To Vietnam: One Veteran's Story

Bahia de Halong, Vietnam
Flickr Photo/fontxito

Ross Reynolds sits down with Richard Brummett, a Vietnam War veteran who is one of thousands of vets who have made pilgrimages back to the country where they fought.

Also: Muppet Flirting
2:50 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Fraggle Rock Puppeteer Karen Prell Coaxes Out Her Inner Puppet

Karen Prell and Red from "Fraggle Rock" at this year's GeekGirlCon in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/GeekGirlCon

She was the nasal-voiced puppeteer behind Red Fraggle on Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, and she hung out with David Bowie on the set of Labyrinth.

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The Record's Picks
12:54 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Pulled From The Archives: Evolution, Science, And Black In Seattle

Tonya Mosley, creator of the Black in Seattle series.

As the year winds down, The Record looks back at some of our favorite KUOW stories from 2013.

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The Record's Picks
11:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Pulled From The Archives: Race, The Cosmos, And Seattle Music

Emily Nuckols and Kala Armijo at Red Light in Seattle. Seattle artist Mackelmore sparked a thrift store revival.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

As the year winds down, The Record looks back at some of our favorite KUOW stories from 2013 and beyond.

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Author Interview
10:55 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Poetry Of Rock And Roll

Paul Muldoon poses for a photo in his Griggstown, N.J., home April 7, 2003. Muldon, a Princeton University professor, won a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for "Moy Sand and Gravel."
AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price

Not every rock song is poetry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon argues that some are. Ross Reynolds talks with the New Yorker poetry editor and professor at Princeton about poetry, songs, his band Wayward Shrines, and his new book, "Word On The Street: Rock Lyrics."

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Author Interview
3:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Ben Fong-Torres Tells The Story Of Little Feat

Ben Fong-Torres' book "Willin'"

Ross Reynolds talks with author Ben Fong-Torres about his new band biography, "Willin': The Story of Little Feat."

Farmers Markets
3:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Farm Gifting And CSAs

Community supported agriculture is a great program - but exercise caution when gifting it to a loved one!
Credit Flickr Photo/dolanh

Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about her favorite gifts from the farm, many of which can be found at local farmers markets — many of which are still open during the winter months.

Her suggestions include preserves, handmade baskets, wreaths, soaps, lotions and honey.

But she says it's important to be cautious about gifting a Community Supported Agriculture subscription. This program allows you to pay a membership to a farm in exchange for a delivery of fresh goods from the farm, like produce or fruit boxes. Although a great program to be involved in, Wiser says that a CSA is as individual as a fingerprint and comes with responsibility for the person receiving it, so make sure to check before signing someone up!

Politic & Government
3:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

An Exit Interview With Former City Council Member Richard Conlin

Outgoing Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin.

Ross Reynolds talks with outgoing councilmember Richard Conlin about his 16 year career on the Seattle City Council.

777x Production
3:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Business Of Boeing In Washington State

Boeing's Everett production facility.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Office of Aerospace director Alex Pietsch about Boeing, the commercial airplane business and the ongoing effort to get the 777X built in the Puget Sound region.

Public Transportation
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force"

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro Transit bus driver Linda Averill about why she's opposed to the proposed contract between King County and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

Georgetown Live, Part Two
1:49 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'A City Within A City'

A low flying plane passes over Georgetown. Noise and local industrial pollution can sometimes give the area a bad rap.
Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Mabel

The Record continues its live broadcast from the Georgetown neighborhood with thoughts on raising a family and the challenges the Seattle Police faces in the district.

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Georgetown Live, Part One
12:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'An Exceptionally Tight-knit Community'

Chef Matt Dillon's restaurant The Corson Building.
Flickr Photo/The Kozy Shack

The Record kicks off Georgetown Live with the district's unofficial historian, metro issues, an artistic uprising and a unique dining experience.

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Legalized Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Seattle City Attorney Wants To Encourage Pot Tourism

Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about his ideas for encouraging pot tourism in the city.

SeaTac Proposition 1
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Lawsuit Threatens $15 Minimum Wage At SeaTac Airport

Workers at SeaTac airport are some of the biggest proponents of raising the minimum wage to $15.
Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds discusses the lawsuit filed against SeaTac's Proposition 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 with professor Bill Sherman of Seattle University's School of Law.

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