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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Catchy Tunes
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Local Musicians Talk About Their Love For Disney Classics

What is it about Disney music that keeps us singing and dancing no matter what the age?
Flickr Photo/Carlos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews saxophonist and bandleader Jacob Zimmerman and vocalist Katie Jacobsen about an evening of music from Disney films they’ll be performing with others Saturday night at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Zimmerman has performed marching band renditions of Disney favorites in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Jacobsen loved Disney music as a kid, and then got into it again when she began giving voice lessons and all the girls wanted to sing Disney songs.

Growlers
11:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On Whidbey Island, Jets Are Also 'Sound Of Freedom'

For some, the sound of the growler jets over Whidbey Island are a deafening nuisance. But for at least one woman, it’s “the sound of freedom.”

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Author Interview
4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Bainbridge Author's 'Problems With People'

Credit David Guterson's book "Problems with People."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bainbridge Island author David Guterson about his new collection of short stories "Problems with People," and the 2013 commencement speech Guterson gave at his alma mater, Roosevelt High School,  which drew boos from some in the audience.

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Documentary
1:55 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Honor And Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story

A still from a Kickstarter trailer for the film "Honor and Sacrifice" about the life of WWII hero Roy Matsumoto.
Credit YouTube

Ross Reynolds speaks with film maker Don Sellers and Karen Matsumoto, the daughter of World War II hero Roy Matsumoto. 

Roy Matsumoto enlisted in the army to get out of a Japanese American internment camp. He went on to serve  as a translator for the Merrill’s Marauders behind enemy lines in the Burma and won a medal for outstanding bravery.

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Wage Debate
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle City Council Considers Changes To Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Official photo of the current Seattle City Council.

Ross Reynolds talks to PubliCola reporter Erica C. Barnett about the Seattle City Council's review of Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal. The original plan was a hard-fought compromise between business and labor representatives.

Long-Term Unemployment
1:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed

Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work.

Civil Rights
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Read The Fine Print: Your Home May Have A Hidden Racist Past

Ross Reynolds speaks with James Gregory, director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington, about the history of racial exclusion in early 20th century housing covenants.

International Conflict
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Number Of Refugees On The Rise

A refugee from the Darfur conflict visits a medical facility in Sudan.
Flickr Photo/United Nations Photo

Ross Reynolds talks with Judith Kumin, former United Nation's official and current professor of International Human Rights at the University of New Hampshire, about why the number of displaced people in the world is on the rise.

Cascadia Fault Line
3:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Research Takes Us A Step Closer To Understanding Earthquakes

The Cadillac Hotel in Seattle suffered severe damage in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, about new research on predicting earthquakes.

Injury Research
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

As Risks Come Out, School Sports Are Changing

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

Ross Reynolds talks to John Miller, assistant executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, about how research into risks associated with school sports is changing attitudes and activities in Washington state and beyond.

Seattle Police Department
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chief Nominee O'Toole: 'I Don't Want To Just Tick Boxes'

'X' marks the spot. Kathleen O'Toole was announced as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee for Seattle Police Department chief.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle police chief nominee Kathleen O' Toole about her top priorities for leading the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle 2035
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035

The Capitol Hill light rail site under construction.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Frank Chiachiere, general manager and board member of the Seattle Transit blog, an advocacy group for more mass transit options, about why he thinks we need more density in our future. The two spoke at the light rail station under construction on Capitol Hill as part of KUOW's series on Seattle's comprehensive plan for 2035.

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Taxes
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Pack Of Smokes Might Get Pricier

Flickr Photo/Valerie Everett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Sandeep Kaushik, spokesperson for the initiative that is looking at increasing the tax on tobacco by $1 in order to fund a cancer prevention program.

Aging Infrastructure
2:42 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Math Error, 50 Years Later, Caused Wanapum Dam Crack

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.
Credit Governor's Office

Ross Reynolds speaks with Anna King, inland correspondent for the Northwest News Network, about the recent discovery by engineers that a 50-year-old math error is to blame for a large crack in the Wanapum Dam.

Seattle Parks
2:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

As Seattle Considers Parks District, Tacoma Serves As Useful Comparison

Wright Park, located on the edge of downtown, was established in 1890.
Credit Metro Parks Tacoma

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, about how a Parks District differs from a Parks Department. Tacoma has had a parks district since April 1907; Seattle voters will decide whether to establish a Seattle Park District in August 2014.

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