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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Private Space Ventures
12:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Battle For NASA's Historic Launch Pad

A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Christiansen

NASA is trying sell the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and two billionaire-backed space ventures are vying for it. One is Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the other is Elon Musk’s SpaceX based in California. The fight over the sole use of Launch Complex 39A caused NASA to postpone their decision on what to do with it. Alan Boyle, science editor for NBCnews.com explains the dispute.

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Author Interview
3:38 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Michael Gruber: From Ghost Writer To Novelist

Michael Gruber in KUOW's green room.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Seattle writer Michael Gruber published the first novel under his own name 10 years ago when he turned 63. Since the he’s published four more thrillers and one children’s book.

Stephen King said  Grubers’ last book, "The Good Son," was the best book he read in 2012.  Publishers Weekly chose Gruber’s new novel, "The Return," as one of its top 10 mystery/thrillers of 2013. In the first scene, protagonist New York book editor Richard Marder is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He shuts down his old life to do something that’s been on his bucket list: return to Mexico and punish some people.

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Politics & Immigration
12:09 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Poll Finds Contradictory Attitudes About Latinos In Washington State

Matt Barreto, director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington.
Courtesy/UW

According to a new statewide poll, most Washingtonians support growing diversity and immigration. But many Washington residents hold negative stereotypes of Latinos and immigrants. What explains this contradiction?

Matt Barreto is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Controversy And Competition
10:46 am
Tue September 17, 2013

There She Is: The History Of Miss America

The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who received her title on September 15.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Last Sunday Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America. She is the first winner of Indian descent and proudly displayed her heritage with a classical Bollywood fusion dance as her talent.

Controversy followed the coronation, as Twitter exploded with racist remarks condemning her victory. The online viewer poll favored Miss Kansas: the blonde soldier with the "Serenity Prayer" down her side.

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Federal Reserve Chief
2:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Why Is Larry Summers Out As Next Fed Head?

Larry Summers, former candidate for head of the Federal Reserve.
Flickr Photo/Chatham House, London

Larry Summers has pulled out of the running to be the next head of the Federal Reserve.  The former treasury secretary and Harvard president was said to be the leading candidate for the position to replace Ben Bernanke. So why did Summers withdraw?  Joining Ross Reynolds with the latest on what’s going on in the other Washington – and what’s at stake for the country – is Annie Lowrey.  She's covering the story of the next Federal Reserve chief for the New York Times.

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Brain Surgery
12:07 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Future Of Brain Surgery May IncludeTransparent Skulls

Flickr Photo/davidd

Brain surgery is now done by lasers. But doctors must still open up the skull in an incredibly difficult procedure. Scientists are developing a transparent skull to make it easier. The transparent skull will serve as a window into the brain allowing immediate access to check the progress of cancer without repeated surgeries.  It could take a decade before the see-through skull is perfected. Ross Reynolds talks with Masa Rao, assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of California Riverside who is working on the skull.

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Mobile Apps
11:25 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Making It Easier To Get It On: Sex Apps Are On The Rise

Tinder

Originally, when two people wanted to engage in sexual relations, they had to first meet and then have a requisite date or two before finally getting down to business. A new wave of mobile apps wants to do away with all that hoopla. The apps aim to bring two — or more than two if that’s your fancy — people together just by hitting a button. No strings attached, no wooing necessary. Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Roose about this market and what it means for safe sex.

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Religious Freedom
12:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Proposed Bill Would Enhance Religous Freedom Protections

State Senator Mike Padden.

Are Washingtonians forced by state government to act against their religious beliefs?

Last year, a Richland florist refused to provide flowers for a gay customer’s wedding. As a result, that florist is currently being sued by the state of Washington. When some Washington pharmacists felt they shouldn’t have to provide the morning-after pill to customers, the state pharmacy board jumped in. 

Now, Spokane Valley state Senator Mike Padden is drawing up a bill that would limit the state from compelling citizens to act against their religious beliefs. The senator talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Seattle Sex Store Anniversary
5:04 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Babeland

Babeland is known for creative store window displays.
Flickr Photo/joaquin uy

In 1993 Seattle was famous for Nirvana, the internet and Tom Hanks' insomnia. But two woman decided that the city was missing something, something they believed there was a need and market for — the city's first women-friendly sex shop. Co-owners Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning launched Babeland (originally Toys in Babeland) 20 years ago this month and Cavanah spoke with Ross Reynolds about the many ways the industry of selling 'sexcessories' has changed. 

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Child Abuse Case
4:31 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

What's Next For The Convicted Parents of Hana Williams?

Sentencing begins soon for Carri and Larry Williams. They were convicted of several charges this week in the death of their 13-year-old adopted daughter Hana Williams.

In May 2011, the Ethiopian teenager died in her own backyard from hypothermia. Her autopsy also found that malnutrition was a contributing factor.

This week, her adopted parents were both convicted of first-degree manslaughter. Carri Williams was convicted of the most serious charge: homicide by abuse. Larry Williams was not. On that charge, the judge declared a mistrial.

Many questions involving a possible retrial, appeals, and sentencing remain unanswered. Rich Weyrich is the prosecuting attorney for Skagit County. He talked with Ross Reynolds. Cassie Trueblood served as defense attorney for Larry Williams. She talked with Marcie Sillman.

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Apple Release
1:50 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Does Another New IPhone Live Up To The Hype?

Apple's Phil Schiller unveils the new iPhone 5S yesterday with new Touch ID technology.
Flickr Photo/cwnewserpics

Two new iPhones are hitting the market later in September. The upscale iPhone 5S, and the cheaper iPhone 5C . But will the iPhone 5c be cheap enough?

There used to be a time when a new iPhone meant a jump in Apple’s stock. This time, not so much. Apple's stock fell 5 percent due to concerns that the new  iPhone 5C is not cheap enough to compete with Google's Android phones, which currently lead the pack. Joining us to talk tech is Todd Bishop co-founder of the independent technology news site and online community Geekwire.

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Author Interview
12:27 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Author Nicole Hardy On Leaving The Mormon Church And Virginity Behind

Nicole Hardy's book "Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin."

Author Nicole Hardy was a virgin until she was 36 years old. Hardy wanted to be a good Mormon, but eventually left the church. That journey is chronicled in her new book, "Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir". Ross Reynolds talks with Hardy about growing up in the church and leaving it behind.

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International Diplomacy
3:42 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Syria Agrees To Get Rid Of Their Chemical Weapons. Now What?

Protest in New York City from September 8, 2013.
Credit Flickr Photo/Debra Sweet

After an off-the-cuff suggestion by Secretary of State John Kerry, President Bashar al-Assad’s government has accepted a Russian plan to turn over their chemical weapons. The significance of this agreement is “huge” according to Joseph Cirincione, the president of Ploughshares Fund and member of Secretary Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board. He explains what the prospects of this plan working are and how the international community might go about seizing Syria’s chemical weapons.

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Mobile Apps
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

I'll See You As You Get There

Smart phones inspire a lot of creativity, from apps to do-it-yourself fixes.
Flickr Photo/el cajon yacht club

Seattle Times tech columnist Monica Guzman is back on the grid and using her phone to help navigate the city. Guzman tells us about a smart phone app that helps her get where she needs to go with the least amount of trouble. The app is called Waze.  It incorporates user data and the more you drive, the better it gets. Ross Reynolds chats with Guzman about how she gets around town.

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"Distraction Addiction"
12:28 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang On Putting Our Devices Down

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang's book "The Distraction Addiction."

Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent years studying people, technology and how devices have invaded our lives. In his book, "The Distraction Addiction," he explains how overusing technology is "destroying our souls." Ross Reynolds talks with Pang about how people can be more mindful with their technology.

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