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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Affordable Care Act
11:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Need Health Care? Wash. State Certifies Health Exchange Providers

Washington state’s Health Benefit Exchange officially opens for enrollment October 1. Last month, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler approved plans from only four insurance companies. But last week, following negotiations with several insurance companies, Kreidler doubled that number. In total, 46 individual insurance plans from eight different companies will be available on the marketplace.

What will more choices mean for consumers seeking health coverage? Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Jail Budgets
11:09 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Pierce County Jail Faces Hefty Budget Shortfall

The Pierce County jail is facing a hefty 8 percent budget shortfall. So far, 30 jobs are slated to be lost and two jail units, which can house more than 160 inmates, are set to close. Officials say even with these reductions, the budget crises will not be fixed.

Ross Reynolds talks with Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor about how these cuts will affect the jail and public safety.

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Politics & Government
12:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Debate Over Syria Crowds Out Other Business In D.C.

Flickr Photo/Jonathon Colman

Congress is back in session this week, and Syria is at the top of the agenda. That means other business like immigration reform and the debt ceiling moves to the back burner. Why can’t Congress do two things at once? Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds talk with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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Texting and Driving
11:37 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Despite Danger People Still Texting And Driving

Flickr Photo/OregonDOT

Studies upon studies have exposed the dangers of texting and driving. Some go so far as to say texting is worse than drinking and driving. Renowned director Werner Herzog even made a film about it.

Yet a new University of Washington study shows that one in 12 drivers in Washington state are still using cellphones or other electronic devices on the road, and half of those using their devices are texting.

Ross Reynolds talks with Beth Ebel, the study's principal investigator and trauma doctor in the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Harborview, about her findings.

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Chemical Weapons
11:14 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chemical Weapons: What They Are And Why They're Different

Congress returned to Washington, D.C., today with Syria at the forefront of its agenda. Lawmakers will debate a resolution on military intervention against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons.

To take a step back, Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Raymond Zilinskas, director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies about chemical weapons — what they are and why they are considered a different class than conventional weapons. 

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Strange Language
11:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ben Zimmer On Having And Eating Cake

Flickr Photo/Jeff Anderson

You can’t have your cake and eat it too, but how are you supposed to eat cake you don’t have? Language guru Ben Zimmer is back today and he explains the whole having, eating and not having cake thing. And what that has to do with how the Unabomber was captured. Really.

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Homeless Services
10:49 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Keeping An Eye On The City: Union Gospel Mission's Morning Watch

Seattle Union Gospel Mission's Sharon Thomas and Jason Bennett.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

There are nearly 2,000 people living completely without shelter in King County, sleeping in doorways or in parks, and because of the high concentration of services in Pioneer Square many of them find themselves sleeping on the streets in this neighborhood.  

The Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square started more than 80 years ago, serving out soup during the Great Depression. It is only one of the locations that the mission has now, and it is only one of a few missions in Pioneer Square. One of the services provided by the Union Gospel mission, in addition to housing, food and addiction services, is a program called Morning Watch. Ross Reynolds talks with the lead intern running the Morning Watch program, Jason Bennett. 

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News Quiz
10:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

KUOW's News Quiz

News Quiz winner Maggie Groves.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

It's time for KUOW's News Quiz. Today we're playing live in Pioneer Square where one lucky person on the street will get the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge. This week's quiz covers everything from local business to reality television. Tune in to hear our winner.

Seattle Music Scene
10:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Voices From Pioneer Square: Jay Boone

Jay Boone, owner of Emerald City Guitars.
Credit KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

Jay Boone owns Emerald City Guitars in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. If Jimmy Paige or Keith Richards come through Seattle and are on the hunt for a new guitar to shred on, it is not out of the question to find them at Jay's guitar shop.

Ross Reynolds ventured down to Pioneer Square to talk to Jay Boone about the neighborhood he has been running his business from for the last 18 years.

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Local Economy
10:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Pioneer Square Gets Down To Business

Peeking in the window at Matthew Dillon's Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

In 2009 people were asking, can Pioneer Square be saved? Businesses shut down and moved out of the neighborhood, the iconic Elliott Bay Book Company packed up and left for higher ground on Capitol Hill. But in the last few years the neighborhood has undergone a boom of sorts.

Restaurants Bar Sajor, Rain Shadow Meats, Gaba Sishi, Little Uncle and more have decided to make a home in Pioneer Square. The neighborhood has added to its bevy of galleries and retail shops. So what has changed? Ross Reynolds talks with Leslie Smith, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square about the neighborhood business economy.

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Seattle's First Neighborhood
10:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Voices From Pioneer Square: Mike Hall And Charles Royer

Mike Hall has been selling Real Change News in Pioneer Square for the past 13 years.
Credit KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

Charles Royer served as Seattle's mayor from 1978 to 1990. During his tenure, Royer saw the historic neighborhood of Pioneer Square surge with violence as Seattle handled the crack epidemic. More than two decades after finishing his fourth term, Royer now lives and works in Pioneer Square. He told KUOW's Arwen Nicks his thoughts on the challenges currently facing the neighborhood and why he thinks the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Downtown Seattle Association are good candidates to manage Occidental park, but not without help from the city.

Real Change vendor Mike Hall has been living in Pioneer Square for 15 years, and for the last 13 years he has stood at the corner of First and Main. Ross Reynolds spoke with Mike Hall about his experiences in Seattle's first neighborhood. 

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Pioneer Square Voices
10:21 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Voices From Pioneer Square: Jen Kelly

Pioneer Square resident and blogger, Jen Kelly.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Pioneer Square resident and neighborhood blogger, Jen Kelly, about her experience living in Pioneer Square. 

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Occidental Square
9:41 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Live From Pioneer Square: The Washington Shoe Building

Two of Seattle's tallest: Columbia Center on the left and Smith Tower on the right. Also, featuring Seattle cloud cover. Ah, summer in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

The Record on KUOW will broadcast live from the Washington Shoe Building on Occidental Square (410 Occidental Way South), Friday, from noon to 2 p.m. If you live or work in Pioneer Square, come by and tell us about your neighborhood. We’ll explore its demographics, history and how it’s changed in the past 20 years.

Highlights From The KUOW Booth


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Strange Language
11:39 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Ben Zimmer: On The Whole 9 Yards And Phrase Inflation

Flickr Photo/Jesus V

Did you know that the phrase "the whole 9 yards" used to be "the whole 6 yards?" It’s true. And cloud nine, that fantastic place to be, used to be cloud seven, then cloud eight. So how did we get to nine yards and cloud nine? Ben Zimmer is back today to talk about phrase inflation as we consider our series on strange language.

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Education
10:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Should School Board Members Be Paid?

Long hours. Little pay. And lots of public scrutiny.

Sounds like a dream job right?

Well it's often the very real experience of school board members, especially here in Seattle. But part of that job description could change. State Representative Reuven Carlyle is considering a proposal that would pay school board members $42,000 per year – the same as state lawmakers. As of now, school board members are only eligible for reimbursements of up to $4,800 per year.

What are the benefits of paying school board members? Does it lead to student improvement? Thomas Alsbury is professor of educational administration and supervision at Seattle Pacific University. He talked with Ross Reynolds about what the research says.

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