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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Health Insurance
11:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

2013: Another Chance For The Reproductive Parity Act?

The new state legislative session is well underway, and a few state senators are planning to reintroduce what’s known as the Reproductive Parity Act. The bill would require insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Last year’s version of the bill died in the Senate due to Republican opposition. This year it's getting another chance, and it already has the support of Governor Jay Inslee, who mentioned it specifically in his inaugural address.

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Driving Under The Influence
8:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Officer Abraham On The New Rules Of The Road For Marijuana Use

DUI checkpoint in Riverside, Calif., March 2011.
Flickr Photo/Greg Matthews

What are the new rules of the road for marijuana use now that it’s legal here in Washington state?  Seattle Traffic Officer John Abraham talks it over with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

Author Interview
12:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Naked Statistics: Stripping The Dread From The Data

Cover of 'Naked Statistics' by Charles Wheelen.

In his new book author Charles Wheelen makes the claim that statistics can be really interesting, and most of it isn't that difficult. Not convinced? Ross Reynolds lets Charles Wheelen makes his case and tries to get to the fun part of statistical data.

Local Music Vendors
12:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Map: Do We Still Need Record Stores?

Luz Bratcher Flickr

Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast — Easy Street Records, the lower Queen Anne record store, is closing after serving the Emerald City for more than a dozen years. Many are bemoaning the loss of the Queen Anne record store, but what about you? Do record stores matter to you? I mean, do they really matter? Do you still buy music from stores, and how much?

With music available online through iTunes and services like Spotify, why do we still need record stores? Ross Reynolds talks with local music writer Charles Cross, Sarah Moody from Hardly Art and Eli Anderson from Neumos and takes listener calls.

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Liquer License
12:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cerveza At The Cinema? Lawmakers Push For Beer And Wine In Theaters

Would you drink at the theater?
HalinaV Flickr

Some Olympia lawmakers are backing a bill to let movie theaters and live performance venues apply for liquor licenses to serve beer and wine. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jim Moeller, who represents Vancouver. Ross Reynolds finds out the likelihood of moviegoers cracking a cold one at a theater near you.

Airplane Issues
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Will Grounded Dreamliners Be A Nightmare For Boeing?

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after yesterday’s emergency landing in Japan. Officials are looking into the cause of a battery malfunction that caused smoke to appear in the cabin of the aircraft. Ross Reynolds gets the latest news on Boeing from NPR reporter Wendy Kaufman.

Transportation Safety
12:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Officer John Abraham holding Annie Rose Crookshank, 18 years ago. Abraham pulled over her parents for erratic driving only to discover Annie’s mother was in labor. He escorted them to a hospital where she was soon born.
Credit Seattle Police Deparment

Are you ever driving down the street and you see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Well, today on The Conversation you can get that traffic question answered. Ross Reynolds sits down with Officer John Abraham to answer your questions about passing on the left, rolling through a stop, car pool lanes, tail gating, turn signals and much, much more.

Gun Laws
12:20 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

How Will Washington State React To The President's Call For Gun Control?

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sept. 28, 2007. Most of the guns, used now for forensic research, were seized during crimes.
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

President Obama asked congress to pass new gun control legislation earlier today calling for tougher penalties for anyone who buys guns intending to sell them to criminals, universal background checks for firearms purchases, and a 10-round limit for gun magazines and a ban on military style assault weapons.

How will Washington state Republicans react to the president's call? Ross Reynolds talks with public affairs consultant and former chair of the state Republican Party, Chris Vance.

Airplane Safety
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What Happens To A Dreamliner Deferred?

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

    

Two Japanese airlines have grounded their new Boeing Dreamliner 787s after smoke was detected in the cabin of one of the aircraft. Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines currently carry more 787s than any other airlines in the world, but Boeing has filled roughly 800 orders worldwide for the new Dreamliner.

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Employment
12:20 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The New Workforce: Stories Of Temping, Freelance And Temporary Work

Job growth continues to be sluggish, but there’s one big exception: temporary work.  The number of temp and contract jobs has increased by nearly 30 percent since early 2009, according to the American Staffing Association. 

Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the new temping economy with Steven Greenhouse, the  labor reporter for The New York Times.

Food Labelling
12:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Environmental Activist Mark Lynas On His Support of GMOs

Former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and Mark Lynas meet at Keble Collage, Oxford, England. Lynas was the climate advisor to Nasheed during his presidency.
Presidency Maldives Flickr

This year we could be voting on an initiative requiring labeling of all food that contains genetically modified food, what critics call Frankenfood. Backers have turned in what they say are the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot.

Environmental activist Mark Lynas was an adamant opponent of genetically modified foods. He wrote in 2008, "The technology moves entirely in the wrong direction intensifying human technological manipulation of nature when we should be aiming at a more holistic ecological approach instead."

Mark Lynas was one of the first people to break into fields that scientists had planted with genetically modified test crops — and then rip them out of the ground. Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Lynas about what changed his mind about GMOs.

Stock Market
12:40 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

The Physics Of Wall Street

Wall Street skyscrapers
Credit Michael Aston / Flickr

    

  What can physics teach us about finance? A great deal according to physicist and mathematician James Owen Weatherall. He says markets can be understood, and to a degree even predicted, by using principles of physics. Ross Reynolds talks to professor Weatherall about what physics can teach us about Wall Street.

Standardized Testing
12:20 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

More Seattle Teachers Saying No To Standardized MAP Test

Fill in the bubbles.
Credit Flickr Photo/COCOEN daily photos

    

A group of teachers at Ballard High School in Seattle has come out in support of Garfield High School teachers' refusal to give students the district-mandated Measures of Academic Progress standardized test. The teachers say the test is useless and shouldn't factor in to teacher evaluations. Ross Reynolds talks with educators and education experts on both sides of the issue.

Health Care
12:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Would The Expansion Of Medicaid Mean For Washington State?

  Medicaid expansion is one of the key decisions state lawmakers in Olympia face this session. Proponents say it would expand coverage to the uninsured, save the state money and boost the economy. Critics say it’s not clear how much the expansions will eventually cost state taxpayers. Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at Medicaid expansion with University of Washington public health-expert Aaron Katz.

Self Improvement
12:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Getting Things Done: How To Clear Your Mind And Increase Productivity

Getting things done starts with knowing what you're not doing.
Justin See Flickr

Getting organized and staying organized can be a daunting task, but author David Allen says there is an easy system you can follow. Ross Reynolds spoke with David Allen back in 2009.

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