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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Science & Technology
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

A Tour Of The Intellectual Ventures Lab In Bellevue

Pablos Holman is an inventor and futurist at Intellectual Ventures. Behind him are boxes of mosquitoes destined to be targets for the laser mosquito zapper.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds goes on a tour of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue with inventor and futurist Pablos Holman.

Holman's team projects include a laser that can quickly detect if a person has malaria, a cooler that can keep vaccines from going bad and the high tech kitchen — more like a science lab actually — used to produce Nathan Myrhvold's 51 pound, multi-volume "Modernist Cuisine" books.

Epidemiological Modeling
2:58 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Improving The Battle Against Infectious Diseases

Researcher Philip Eckhoff leads the epidemiological modeling project at Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with researcher Philip Eckhoff about using computer modeling to foil infectious diseases like malaria, polio and HIV. Eckhoff is the principal investigator for the epidemiological modeling project at Intellectual Ventures' Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.

Labor
2:06 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

How Decline Of Unions Contributed To Rise In Inequality

Jake Rosenfeld's book "What Unions No Longer Do."

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington sociology professor Jake Rosenfeld about his book, “What Unions No Longer Do."

After World War II, one in three workers belonged to a union. Today, only one in 20 people employed in the private sector are in unions. Rosenfeld argues the decline of unions has helped lead to a rise in inequality.

Fraud Watch
3:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

What Makes Us Vulnerable To Internet Scams?

Flickr Photo/Bogdan Zaharie (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Doug Shadel, fraud expert and director of AARP Washington, about whom con artists are targeting and how to avoid falling victim to Internet scams.

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Economy
3:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Macroeconomics: The Big Picture Of The Minimum Wage

Tim Harford's book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back"

Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author, about his new book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run – or Ruin – an Economy." 

The book focuses on the work of macroeconomists and how they believe that tweaking the right dials can steer our economy away from danger. Harford also offers a macroeconomic perspective for Seattle's on-going minimum wage debate.

Global Trade
4:05 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Coffee Roasters, Drinkers Brace For Price Hike

Flickr Photo/Brian (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Craig Holt, founder of Atlas Coffee Importers, about the drought in Brazil and how it could affect coffee prices around the world.

Health News
2:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Shilo Murphy: Drug Users Are The Best People To Run Needle Exchanges

Shilo Murphy is the executive director of the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Courtesy of Shilo Murphy

Ross Reynolds talks with Shilo Murphy, executive director of the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, about its user-run needle exchange programs and the stigma around drug users.

Psychology
3:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

How Well Do We Understand How Others Think?

Nicholas Epley's book "Mindwise."

Ross Reynolds speaks with University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley about his new book "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want." Epley's research suggests we have insight into what others are thinking but only up to a point.

Transportation
3:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New App Helps Seattle Taxis Compete With Rideshare Services

Flickr Photo/Amancay Maahs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel, about how the company's new smartphone app allows users in the Seattle area to arrange, track and pay for taxi rides.

Book Interview
2:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Memoir Of Amnesia: 'My Brain Was So Starved For Narrative'

David Stuart MacLean's book "The Answer to the Riddle Is Me."

Ross Reynolds talks to Pen/American Award winning writer David Stuart MacLean about his new book “The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia."

The book is based on his This American Life story.

Imagine finding yourself on a train platform in India. A train is just pulling away,  you have no ticket, and you have no idea who you are. You’d probably pinch yourself and hope you'd woke up. But when MacLean found himself in this situation in 2002, it wasn't a dream.

Academy Awards
4:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

'Almost Live' Alum Bob Nelson: 'I Wrote The Movie I Wanted To See'

Bob Nelson arrives at the Writers Guild Awards, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP

Ross Reynolds talks with Almost Live alum Bob Nelson about the film, "Nebraska."

Nelson, who now lives on Whidbey Island, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Nebraska" is up for six Oscars this Sunday.

Education
3:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Inslee To Propose Compromise Bill On Teacher Testing

Flickr Photo/sidewalk flying (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Donna Blankinship, Washington state education reporter for The Associated Press, about lawmakers coming up with a compromise to revise the teacher evaluation system.

Explaining Bitcoin
2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bitcoin: The Decentralized Virtual Currency That We're All Trying To Understand

Not a real Bicoin: the currency doesn't have a physical form; pictures like this are novelty items that often have Bitcoin information on them.
Flickr Photo/Antana (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Imagine using online banking – without the bank.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created five years ago. It runs entirely on the sways of the free market: no government or banking institution is backing it.

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Investigative Journalism
3:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

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