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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The Record

Coming up on The Record, 4/21: racial gap among youth, a look at the new Windows Phone, and environmental issues for conservatives

Most show segments are available online and as podcasts by 5 p.m. the day that they air.

Email: record@kuow.org

Sound of the Day: What interesting sound do you hear throughout the day? Record 30 seconds and send it to us, along with the story behind it. Email it to record@kuow.org with “Sound of the Day” in the subject line.

Music Industry
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sub Pop Records: Going Out Of Business Since 1988!

Megan Jasper, vice president of Sub Pop Records, poses for a portrait at their office in downtown Seattle on May 9, 2013.
The Seattle Times/Genevieve Alvarez

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Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.

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Seattle Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eight Candidates Vie To Be Seattle's Next Mayor

The 2013 Seattle mayor’s race is off and running and last night was the first big mayoral forum of the campaign season. All eight candidates appeared before a packed room at Seattle Central Community College and KUOW's Deborah Wang was in attendance. Ross Reynolds sat down with Deborah to talk about who is in the race and the dreams that pushed them to run.

Author Interview
11:58 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Has The Internet Turned All Us Davids Into Goliaths?

Cover of 'The End of Big" by Nicco Mele.

According to Nicco Mele the Internet is the great leveler and the age of "big" has ended. Who has power and control when almost everyone has access? Ross Reynolds talks to Nicco Mele about the Internet, the distribution of power and his new book, "The End of Big." 

Books
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Simon Winchester: SKULLS

Chinese water deer, also known as the vampire deer.
Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Skulls are potent symbols of death, life and danger, and they also can tell a fascinating story about natural history. Ross Reynolds talks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book about skulls and a man that obsessively collects them.

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Savings Accounts
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Living Off The Banking Grid

It’s estimated that about 8.2 percent of US households don’t use bank accounts. Not only that — 20.1 percent of households are considered “underbanked,” meaning they use bank accounts but still opt for payday loans, check-cashing services and other alternatives. This is according to a recent survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

So why aren’t people using banks? Ross Reynolds talks to some of the un- and underbanked.

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Brain Health
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

How To Make Your Brain Smarter

Your brain may need a new fitness plan.
Daniele Oberti Flickr

In her new book, "Make Your Brain Smarter," Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman offers tools to customize your own brain fitness plan. She talks with Ross Reynolds about strategies and exercises you can do to train your brain to think smarter.

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Family & Relationships
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Lies Your Parents Told You

Skeptical kid is skeptical.
Credit Flickr photo/Sharyn Morrow

Don’t run with scissors! If you keep making that face, it will get stuck like that. We had to take your dog to a ranch so it could have room to run.

Did you ever hear any of those lines from your parents? A recent study published in the Journal of Psychology found that 84 percent of parents in the US lie to their children.

Ross Reynolds gathered stories from listeners and local Jeopardy champion and author, Ken Jennings. 

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Author Interview
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving

Northwest novelist Jonathan Evison talks about how he buried his first three novels before achieving his first success. Ross Reynolds talks with Evison about that and his most recent book, "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving."

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Gaming Industry
12:05 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Consoles Vs Phones: What Is The Future For Video Games?

Sony rolled out their next generation video game console, the PS4, this week. But gaming has steadily been moving away from consoles to phones. What’s the future for video games? Ross Reynolds talks to Universtiy of Washington Professor Ken Rufo.

Port of Seattle
12:10 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Port Commissioner Holland Resigns After Seattle Times Piece

Port Commissioner Rob Holland handed in his resignation, effective March 15.
Port of Seattle

Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffter penned an explosive expose about Port Commissioner Rob Holland.  Now Commissioner Holland has resigned.  Emily Heffter talks about what she uncovered and what is next for the Port of Seattle.

Psychology
12:40 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Are Your Blindspots?

Cover of 'Blind Spot' by Anthony Greenwald

What are our hidden biases or blind spots, and how can they divert us from doing what we think is right? Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington psychology professor Anthony Greenwald, co-author of the new book "Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People."

Innocence Project
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bill To Compensate Innocent Who Spend Time Behind Bars

Robert Clark opens donated Christmas presents at the Innocence Project's offices in Atlanta in 2005. It's Clark's first Christmas in the free world since he was exonerated of a rape charge by DNA evidence and released from prison.
Ric Feld AP Photo

Yesterday in Olympia the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would compensate people who served time in prison for crimes they didn’t commit and were exonerated of. The exonerated people would be given $50,000 for each year spent behind bars. This isn’t the first time this legislation has been proposed but it is the first time that it has bipartisan support. Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the bill and who it's intended to help.

Business
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Effect Is The Shrinking Public Sector Having On The Washington State Economy?

Nationally the private sector added 5 million jobs since a low point in June of 2009. But during that same time period the public sector cut 721,000 jobs. What effect is the shrinking public sector having on the economy? And what’s the story here in Washington state?

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Olympic Sports
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Olympics To Drop Wrestling, Northwest Wrestlers Shocked

What's your position on dropping wrestling from the Olympics?
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

This week the International Olympic Committee announced a plan to drop wrestling from the 2020 summer games. But there's some chance the drop could still be stopped. Ross Reynolds interviews former Olympic wrestler Ivan Ivanov who is now based in Idaho, and Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd.

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