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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Life Beyond Death
11:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Academic Neurosurgeon Says Heaven Exists

Dr. Eben Alexander says our awareness becomes much greater when freed from our physical brain.
Author's Twitter account

Many people say there is a heaven. But few are academic neurosurgeons. Ross Reynolds speaks with Eben  Alexander about a near-death experience he says gave him a glimpse of the afterlife that he outlines in his book, "Proof of Heaven."

Survival Guide
12:40 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Surviving Washington's Wilderness

Creating a tipi-style shelter out of forest debris can help insulate you from the elements.
Courtesy Jason Knight/Alderleaf Wilderness College

Part of the lure of the Northwest is the proximity to wilderness areas to hike, snowshoe and camp in. But every year dozens of people hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park get lost or injured, requiring the help of search and rescue teams. Jason Knight is a co-founder of Alderleaf Wilderness College and program director of the Wilderness Certification Program. He talks with Ross Reynolds and answers listener questions about what you should know before you journey into Washington's wilderness. Below are some highlights from the interview. 

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Health Care
12:03 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Welcome To The New Health Care Of 2013

The Affordable Care Act is enacting big changes in the nation’s health care system. Here in Washington state, a health care exchange called HealthPlanFinder is scheduled to open in October. It’s supposed to guarantee everyone can get health insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talks with Ross Reynolds about the new facets of health insurance reform arriving in 2013.

Sports
12:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Are Seattle's Seahawks Super Bowl Bound?

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines after they defeated the Redskins 24-14 in their NFL playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Landover, Md.
Richard Lipski AP Photo

The Seattle Seahawks are one game closer to playing in the Super Bowl with a come-from-behind victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Political sportswriter Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, talks with Ross Reynolds about the Seahawk's prospects.

Gas Tax
12:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Can All The King's Horses And All The King's Men Put Washington's Roads Together Again?

Should we increase the gas tax to fund road repair?
Tom Check Flickr

Outgoing governor Chris Gregoire, the state transportation commission, and the state’s biggest business lobby are calling for an increase in the gas tax to pay for the massive backlog in road repair. Will that deal with the funding problem?

Ross talks with Steve Mullin from the Washington Roundtable, Dan O’Neil of the Washington State Transportation Commission, Rob Johnson of the Transportation Choices Coalition, and Mark Hallenbeck from the Washington State Transportation Center.

Government
12:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Initiative 522 - Genetically Engineered Food Act

  This year Washington voters could be voting on whether foods that have been produced using genetic engineering would have to be labeled as such. Trudy Bialic is the director of public affairs for PCC Natural Markets and a member of the campaign steering committee for Label-It-WA, the campaign that supports Initiative 522. Ross Reynolds talks with her about why she supports the labeling initiative.

Words And Phrases
11:35 am
Wed January 2, 2013

What Words From 2012 Would You Banish?

Totes, amazeballs, schweet: plenty to pick from here.
Sam Easterby-Smith Flickr

Bring us your tired metaphors, overused phrases and words that summon an unpleasant visceral reaction. Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe, explains why these words and phrases bother us so much. Sometimes a word variant sounds odd to our ear, even if it’s correct, such as “pleaded” rather than “plead.” Other problems arise when words reveal disparities, such as a lack of an equivalent term for the opposite gender. And jargon can become offensive when it migrates from its original community to more common use in mainstream media or by different age groups.

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Looking Back
12:27 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

What Defines 2012 For You?

Here's wishing you many tripple-word scores in 2013.
Sally Mahoney Flickr

It’s the time of year when media outlets do stories on the top 10 news stories of the year. But we don’t live our lives in the news. What are the top stories from your personal life in 2012? A birth, a death, a graduation, a move? Did you finish that book, get that small business rolling? Learn to make sushi? What are the hallmark events of 2012 in your life? Ross Reynolds reviews the year with KUOW listeners.

Ethics
11:56 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Giving To Panhandlers

Credit flickr/Kdt

To give or not to give? That's the question many of us face when encountering panhandlers on Seattle's sidewalks. Some people make up their minds about how to act and don't deviate from the script. For others, the ethical questions resurface with every encounter.

Now, it seems we're at a crossroads. Many people are still out of work. Yet social services will probably be cut even further next year. Will that change how you give?

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The Future
11:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

How To Create A Mind

Author and inventor Ray Kurzweil, 56, sits in front of a music mixing board in his office, in Wellesley, Mass., Jan. 12, 2005.
Steven Senne AP Photo

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil thinks we’re headed for a future where machines will become more like people, people will integrate computers and machines into their bodies, and we will live longer — much longer. Ross Reynolds talks with Ray Kurzweil about his latest book, "How to Create a Mind."

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Education
10:34 am
Thu December 20, 2012

State Rep. Larry Seaquist On The Future Of Higher Education

Rep. Larry Seaquist, a former US Navy warship captain, says he strongly believes in worker safety, adding he stressed safety to each and every person under his command, never losing a sailor in all of his 32-year career. (March 9, 2010)
Wash. State Department of Transportation Flickr

Ross Reynolds talks about the future of higher education in Washington state with Rep. Larry Seaquist who heads the House Higher Education Committee.   Larry Seaquist is also a former US warship captain and Pentagon strategist who served for 32 years in the US Navy.

Health And Housing
11:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Homeless And Under Age 25

Jacob was homeless for more than two years. Now he's in technical school and high school in Mount Vernon.
Phyllis Fletcher KUOW Photo

It’s estimated that in King County, around 700 people under the age of 25 don’t have permanent housing. Among adolescents in general, LGBTQ youths are more vulnerable to health and psychological problems than heterosexual youths. Many are victims of parental physical abuse, turn to substance abuse, and have both mental and general physical health problems.

Ross Reynolds sits down with three people currently living without permanent housing to talk about what issues they have had to deal with as homeless youth.

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Author Interview
11:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Zadie Smith Talks "NW"

British author Zadie Smith relaxes in north London, Sept. 19, 2005.
Sergio Dionisio AP Photo

Novelist Zadie Smith’s most recent work, "NW," is named after the postal code for an impoverished neighborhood in London. It’s just been called one of the 10 best books of the year.

Zadie Smith talks with Ross Reynolds about "NW," the difference between pleasure and joy, and why it took her  a long time to appreciate Joni Mitchell.

Technology
2:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Seattle: Welcome To The Internet Fast Lane

Seattle is launching a pilot project to bring ultra high-speed broadband service the city. The city is working with the University of Washington and the tech company, Gigabit Squared, to launch the new service.

There will be 12 “demonstration fiber projects” in neighborhoods around the city. Ross Reynolds talks with Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in computer science and engineering at the UW, about the pilot program.

Elder Care
11:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Facing The Challenges Of Taking Care Of Elderly Parents

As the human lifespan increases, families are putting more time and effort into caring for their aging parents and grandparents. By 2008, it was estimated that the average woman could expect to spend more years caring for an older family member than for her own children.

But providing in-home care doesn't work for everyone. For many families, finding the right nursing home or assisted-living arrangement is crucial. Ross Reynolds talks about the issues surrounding elderly care with Wendy Lustbader, a p​rofessor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

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