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.

Pages

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

Credit Flickr Photo/Jonavin (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

Credit Flickr Photo/Keith-Allison (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

Credit Flickr Photo/Kjetil-Ree (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

Credit Flickr Photo/Gates Foundation (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Author Interview
12:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell: 'Why Do We Call David The Underdog?'

Writer Malcolm Gladwell waits in KUOW's green room before an interview with The Record's Ross Reynold's.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David and Goliath: the improbable victory, a one in a million outcome that never should have happened.

But New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell argues that diminutive David had the upper hand.

Read more
Affordable Care Act
2:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

No Extension In Washington For Health Insurance Sign-Up

March 31 is the deadline for Washington Healthplanfinder's open enrollment.
Credit Screenshot of Washington Healthplanfinder website

Ross Reynolds sits down with Washington Healthplanfinder spokesman Michael Marchand to get an update on the last day of open enrollment.

Oso Mudslide
4:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Factors To Consider Before Releasing Names Of Missing People

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington at a press conference on March 24, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Ross Reynolds speaks with Joel Reidenberg, who teaches law at Fordham and Princeton universities, about the ethical complexities of releasing the names of those missing or unaccounted for in the Oso mudslide. Reidenberg co-authored a report on privacy and missing persons after natural disasters.

Read more
Humor
2:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Isn't 'Waiting For 2042'

Hari Kondabolu
Credit Flickr Photo/92YTribeca (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with comedian Hari Kondabolu about race in America, the coming white minority and his new album, "Waiting For 2042." Kondabolu will be performing at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, March 29.

Landslide Insurance
2:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Likely To Face Financial Woes

Saturday's mudslide in Oso destroyed at least 49 homes.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Jim Davis, editor of the Herald Business Journal in Everett, about the bleak financial outlook facing Oso victims whose homes were damaged in the recent mudslide.

"There are 1.5 million single-family homes in the state of Washington. Only 4,700 homeowners and business owners have landslide insurance," Davis said.

School Reform
12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School

Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error."

The popular narrative around public schools is that they’re failing and that teachers and administrators are to blame. Reformers argue for charter schools. They call for evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students. They urge abolition of policies that reward seniority among teachers.

Diane Ravitch thinks they’re wrong. She thinks what passes for reform is a hoax. Ravitch is a historian of education and a research professor at New York University. She was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration. Her latest book is "Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To American Schools."

Read more
Local Food
10:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Getting Fresh: Spring Into Delicious Edition

Credit Flickr Photo/ron.heasley (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of Cascade Harvest about what spring will bring to local farmers markets.

Pages