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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Author Interview
12:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better

Clive Thompson's book, "Smarter Than You Think."

The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."

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Fatal September
12:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Surge In Violence In Iraq

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday.
Credit AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.

Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.

Teanaway Land Purchase
12:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

State Buys 38,000 Football Fields Of Land In Teanaway

Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Natural Resources

 

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Forterra announced yesterday the purchase of more than 50,000 acres in the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed.

It will be designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. That’s big. How big? Think 38,000 football fields. It’s the state’s largest land acquisition in 45 years. Ross Reynolds spoke to Washington State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark as he headed from Olympia to Teanaway and asked him about the future of this now state-run land.  

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Police Blotter
12:16 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee: Laughing With The SPD Not At Them

Flickr Photo/clappstar

The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem. 

But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.

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Regulation Of Data
3:57 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Why Should We Care If Companies Use Data For Advertising?

Flickr Photo/Steven Kreuzer

When Facebook shows you an ad for the pasta that you had for dinner that night, you might feel a little squirmy, find it creepy even. But what exactly is the worry of companies having access to more personal data? University of Washington law professor, and co-founder of UW's Tech Policy Lab, Ryan Calo, has been trying to answer that question. Ross Reynolds talks with Calo about the use and regulation of big data.

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Bruce Springsteen
11:29 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Covering New Ground In The Life Of The Boss

Peter Ames Carlin’s biography "Bruce"

What’s there left to say about Bruce Springsteen? He burst into national consciousness in 1978 on the success of his hit album "Born to Run" and his face was featured on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines.  Since then he’s been exhaustively interviewed and analyzed. However, Peter Ames Carlin’s biography "Bruce," covers new ground to even the most avid fans. The author speaks with Ross Reynolds.

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Supporter Chants
3:49 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Keeping It Clean At Seattle Sounders Games

From Emerald City Supporters' Facebook page.

Seattle Sounders soccer fans are loud. The problem is some of their chants using nasty language are leaking into the broadcast booth and over the air during games. We’ll ask  Keith Hodo, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, if they’ll clean it up.

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Water Quality
11:33 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Boat Sewage In The Puget Sound? The Department Of Ecology Says No More

Flickr Photo/JPChamberland

It's not something you want to think about: excrement floating in our lovely oceans. Some boaters release their sewage into the water, but Washington's Department of Ecology is trying to change that. They are drafting a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to classify the Puget Sound as a "no discharge zone." If approved, it would prohibit boaters from releasing any sewage — treated or untreated — in the Sound. Ross Reynolds talks with Department of Ecology supervisor Mark Henley.

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Transportation
12:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00

Flickr Photo/WSDOT

A new tolling proposal would ask drivers to pay as little as $1.00 for taking the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle. During morning and evening commutes, rates would jump to $1.25. A state advisory committee is hoping the proposal will strike a balance between tolling revenues and potential traffic diversion.

Two years ago, when the tunnel plan was approved by voters, the proposed tolling rates were as high as $3.00 during peak hours. Under that plan, traffic planners were concerned that high tolling rates would divert too many cars onto downtown streets. Maud Daudon is co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management. She's also president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Affordable Care Act
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Inslee Says Health Care Act Rollout Is On Track In Washington

Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Despite Republican efforts to block the health care reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

Speaking today on KUOW’s The Record, Inslee said the state is ready to roll out a major component of the Affordable Care Act. Next week, the state’s online marketplace for health plans will open for enrollment. Inslee said that the state is ready to push the green button on October 1.

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Seattle Pot Stores
4:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Could 23rd & Union Become Pot Central?

One of the few places in the heart of Seattle that could legally host a pot retail center is 23rd Avenue and Union Street, in the Central District.
Google Maps

Beginning next year, as many as 21 marijuana retail stores could be open for business in Seattle — and that's sparked a contentious debate over where these stores can be located.

State rules mandate that retail stores must be 1,000 feet from schools, public parks, libraries and even transit centers. That leaves very few places for pot stores to open. According to the city's preliminary map, in nearly all of central Seattle (including Capitol Hill, First Hill and the Central Area), there are very few places that pot retailers will be able to open up. One of those places is the corner of 23rd Avenue and E Union Street.

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Marijuana Retail
12:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kent Says No To Recreational Pot Stores

Flickr Photo/Dank Depot

Starting next year, recreational pot stores will be open for business all over the state of Washington. State officials said the city of Kent could have three. But now, it looks like they won’t have any. Last year, the Kent City Council banned medical marijuana collective gardens over concerns that they violated federal law. Now, the city’s applying that same ban to recreational pot stores. Why?

Pat Fitzpatrick is Kent’s acting city attorney. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Emerging From Recession
10:56 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Luke Timmerman On Finding Biotech Work

Flickr Photo/World Bank Photo Collection

The biotech industry took a big hit during the recession, and it can still be difficult in this area to find and keep work in that field. But for those looking to enter the industry there are a few things you should keep in mind. Luke Timmerman, the national biotech editor at Xconomy, an online business and technology blog, explains what you should consider before taking a job in biotech and the challenges of the industry.

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Album Re-Release
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Nirvana's "In Utero" Turns 20

Nirvana's album "In Utero."

It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final record, "In Utero," released  in September 1993. Kurt Cobain wanted the album to sound less like a pop record so the band brought in producer Steve Albini.

But the record company thought the results were too harsh. Another producer did the final mix. To mark the anniversary, there’s new deluxe edition of the album out that includes the rougher original mixes. Ross Reynolds and music writer Charles Cross discuss the impact and influence of "In Untero."

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International Diplomacy
12:03 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Family Reunion Program Postponed By North Korea

The border fence between North Korea and South Korea in the demilitarized zone.
Flickr Photo/CJ_Supreme

The Korean War ended 60 years ago. It caused many hardships, including the separation of  family members between the North and the South. To this day, there is no official contact between citizens of the two countries. No phone calls. No letters.

But finally in 2000, North and South Korea agreed to hold family reunions. The last one took place in 2010. Another reunion was scheduled to take place today at a North Korean resort, but it was abruptly postponed over the weekend by the North Korean government.

Why did this happen? And what does it mean for diplomacy between the two countries? Charles Armstrong is professor of Korean studies at Columbia University. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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