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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Public Safety
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How Safe Are Escalators In Washington?

Flickr Photo/Vicki (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos about her investigation into escalator safety in Washington state.

Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

Transportation
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

No Surprise: Expert Says Washington's Transportation Infrastructure Isn't Stacking Up

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington, about our transportation infrastructure and why neither the state nor the federal government is funding it.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

It's Time We All Embrace Contrarian History

Ross Reynolds talks with Ilan Stavans about his new book, “A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States."

Legal Standing
2:36 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Yes, Corporations Do Share Many Of Our Rights

This photo taken June 30, 2014, shows demonstrators reacting outside the Supreme Court in Washington after hearing the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

“As a practical matter, that train has left the station,” said Burt Neuborne, a New York University law professor, concerning the Supreme Court’s adoption of the idea that a corporation is a person for the purposes of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees life, liberty, property and equal protection of the laws.

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Tech News
2:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Major Memo Sent To Microsoft Employees

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Flickr Photo/BagoGames (CC BY 2.0)

Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's 3,200 word, company-wide memo.

Bishop picked out one key section of the missive: Nadella’s pursuit of streamlining the company’s engineering processes and being more responsive to the market and customers’ demands.

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History
2:13 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Potsdamer Square's Revitalization Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago

Potsdamer Square, 1965
Credit German Architecture.org

Ross Reynolds speaks with Peter Schneider, author of "Berlin Now," about the vast changes there since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago this November.

The two spoke in  Potsdamer Square, which in the 1920s was Berlin's Times Square.

But it was bombed to rubble during World War II.

In 1962 the Berlin Wall, dominated by a wide "kill zone," was built right down the middle of the square. 

Following the fall of the wall in 1989, Potsdamer was reborn. It has become once again a Berlin landmark.

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Industry Regulations
2:50 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Can A 'Bigger Hammer' Stop Oil Refinery Accidents?

Ross Reynolds talks with Dave Fehling, energy and environment reporter for StateImpact Texas, an NPR reporting project, about oil refinery accidents and what happens when they're criminally prosecuted.

Audio Postcard
2:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Watching The Solar Panels Zoom By

Solar panels in Bavaria seen from the window of a train.
Flickr Photos/Royston Rascals (CC-BY-NC-ND)

While on a journalism fellowship in Germany, Ross Reynold's sent us this audio postcard about a solar entrepreneur as he took a train ride through the country.

Audio Postcard
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Exploring The 'Jewel Box'

Ross Reynolds back home views of the beautiful city of Dresden, Germany.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Our revered host Ross Reynolds has been visiting Germany on a journalism fellowship. He sends us an audio postcard from the city of Dresden,  known as the "Jewel Box" because of it's beautiful architecture and picturesque setting on the Elbe River. But it's been less than a decade since the city was rebuilt after the center was destroyed by British and US bombers in the waning days of World War II.

Audio Postcard
3:59 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Postcard From Prague: Where Are You Going? We Are Seeking Asylum

David Cerny's sculpture "Quo Vadis" on the grounds of the German embassy in Prague. It commemorates the East Germans who came here to seeking asylum. The car is an East German-made Trabant. Many asylum seekers abandoned them on the streets.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

On a journalism fellowship in Germany, KUOW's Ross Reynolds sends us an audio postcard from Prague in the Czech Republic. Just before the fall of communism, scores of East Germans made their way here seeking asylum in the West German embassy.

Audio Postcard
10:16 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Across The Street From The Gestapo Headquarters

One section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into the East Side Gallery, with artworks by a variety of artists from around the world.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds reports on what's changed and what's stayed the same in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Voice From Afar
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Embedded KUOW Reporter Describes The World Cup Atmosphere In Germany

According to Ross Reynolds, currently on a fellowship in Germany, the whole country seems to be in love right now with the World Cup and beer.
Flickr Photo/harry_nl (CC-BY-NC-ND)

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds shares some firsthand observations of the World Cup fever he’s witnessed during his stay in Berlin, where every game — whether Germany is playing or not — is big.

Reynolds said public viewing areas are all over the city, from the giant public viewing space near the Brandenburg Gate created for some 50,000 people, to the small, neighborhood convenience stores that set out chairs and TVs for customers. Wherever you are watching, he said, the beer and Curryvurst probably isn’t too far away.

“Fun fact about the World Cup here,” Reynolds told fellow Record host Marcie Sillman in a phone interview. “It’s being broadcast by the public television network! Imagine if PBS had the franchise on running the World Series; that’s what it’s like here in Germany.”

Seattle In 2035
3:35 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

South Lake Union: The Comprehensive Plan That Helped Grow It, And What The Next One Should Do

Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Roger Valdez of the pro-growth group Smart Growth Seattle about how the last comprehensive plan helped create growth in South Lake Union and what the next comprehensive plan for 2035 should be doing.

Perhaps no Seattle neighborhood has changed more than South Lake Union. What was once low rise and low income is now shiny high rises and Amazon. They spoke at Stackhouse, an apartment complex developed from an old laundry building.

Ivory Tower
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Documentary That Asks, Is College Worth It?

A lecture hall at Trinity College.
Flickr Photo/Trinity College (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Andrew Rossi, director of a new documentary "Ivory Tower" that asks the question, is a college education worth the skyrocketing cost of tuition?

Rossi, himself a Harvard and Yale graduate, examines the one trillion dollar student debt (now higher than credit card debt), the reasons higher education costs more, and the shake-out out that could take down many smaller liberal arts colleges.

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