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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Affordable Care Act
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance

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Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, about what people can do if they missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance.

Membership Controversy
10:09 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Boy Scouts Of America's Policy On Gay Troop Members And Leaders

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Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Ellis, the author of "Judging the Boy Scouts of America," about how and why the Boy Scouts of America developed its current policies on gay troop members and gay troop leaders.

True Crime
3:04 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

How A Phony Rockefeller Fooled Walter Kirn

Credit Walter Kirn's book, "Blood Will Out."

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist Walter Kirn, perhaps best known for book, “Up in the Air."

Kirn’s latest work reads like fiction, but it’s not. “Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade” is about Kirn's association with a man who called himself Clark Rockefeller and claimed to be a member of the Rockefeller family — one of the most powerful families in American history.

It turns out, Clark Rockefeller was not a Rockefeller nor an American. He was a murderer.

Consent Decree
4:39 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Dear Police, The Department Of Justice Is Watching You

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Ross Reynolds talks with Samuel Walker, author of "The New World of Police Accountability," about when the Department of Justice intervenes in local police operations and what happens if the police don't comply.

Video Games
4:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Rhianna Pratchett: 'It's More Interesting To Create Diverse Characters'

Lara Croft is the protagonist of the video game series, "Tomb Raider."
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Ross Reynolds talks with video game scriptwriter, Rhianna Pratchett, about writing for "Tomb Raider" and the struggle of including more diversity in the gaming world.

Pot Debate
9:54 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Roger Roffman On Marijuana Legalization

Roger Roffman is a professor emeritus of social work at the University of Washington.
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Ross Reynolds talks with academic and activist Roger Roffman about his involvement with marijuana and public policy for 45 years. His latest book is "Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization."

Oso Mudslide
2:52 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Helicopter Crew Chief On The Heroic Mudslide Rescue

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., has claimed at least 30 lives.
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The massive mudslide that engulfed Oso on March 22 has claimed at least 30 lives and destroyed dozens of homes.

While the community suffered countless devastation, the helicopter rescue team was instrumental in saving eight people. One of them was 4-year-old Jacob Spillers. His rescue was captured in the video below.

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Space Exploration
2:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Mars, Europa Or Enceladus, Where Should NASA Look For Life?

Photo of Europa taken during NASA's Galileo mission.
Credit Courtesy of NASA

Ross Reynolds talks to Alan Boyle, science editor for NBCNews.com, about the recent discovery of water on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Boyle also talks about NASA's proposed mission to Europa and how the agency decides where to focus its space exploration dollars.

Natural Disasters
2:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Disasters: The Wake-Up Calls That Never Happen

Credit Irwin Redlener's book, "Americans at Risk."

Ross Reynolds talks with Irwin Redlener, author of "Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do." Redlener explains why natural disasters like the Oso landslide are rarely the wake-up calls we'd expect.

Animals In Captivity
2:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

'Horrible Torture:' The Argument Against Elephants Kept In Zoos

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Ross Reynolds talks with Gay Bradshaw about why she thinks elephants don't belong in zoos. Bradshaw is the executive director of the Kerulos Center in Jacksonville, Ore., and author of "Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity."

Play Ball!
2:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Strange Language Of Baseball

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From 'cup of coffee' to 'Bronx cheer,' Ross Reynolds runs the language bases of baseball with linguist Ben Zimmer.

Campaign Donations
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

SCOTUS Rules Against Some Campaign Finance Limits

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Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject funding limits in federal elections.

Author Interview
1:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Nicholson Baker's New Novel 'Traveling Sprinkler'

Credit Nicholson Baker's book, "Traveling Sprinkler."

In his new book “Traveling Sprinkler,” novelist Nicholson Baker tells the story of a 55-year-old poet’s obsession with electronic dance music, Debussy, and his ex girlfriend who works as a local NPR radio host. Baker has written nine novels and five books of non-fiction and speaks with The Record's Ross Reynolds.

This interview originally aired on September 30, 2013.

News From Canada
9:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Elections Controversy, Measles Outbreak, And Trucker Strike Settled

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Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about this week's news from Canada.

Author Interview
3:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Underlying Social Message Of Pranksters

Credit Kembrew McLeod's book, "Pranksters."

Ross Reynolds talks with Kembrew McLeod, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, about his book, "Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World."

McLeod argues that pranksters are more than mischief makers and entertainers. They have an underlying social message and prompt public discussion.

He recounts pranks going back four centuries including Benjamin Franklin and Seattle's own Megan Jaspers from Sub Pop Records.

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