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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Elections 2012
9:13 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Top Sites To Watch Tonight As Election Results Roll In

Be prepared for tonight's elections party.
Flickr Photo/LaMenta3 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Hanson Hosein, director of the digital media program at the University of Washington, recommends top websites  to watch for election results and commentary on election night.

Hanson's Top 10 Resources For Election Night:

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Elections 2012
8:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Are You Voting?

Tim Olson Flickr

Eighty five percent of registered voters cast ballots in Washington state back in 2008, breaking the prior record for turnout that was set back in World War II. Secretary of State Sam Reed says he expects more than 80 percent will turn out this year.  Still, not everyone exercises the right to vote.  What about you?

Seattle Police
11:56 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Director Of The Office Of Professional Accountability Stepping Down

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Kathryn Olson, outgoing head of the Seattle Police Office of Professional Accountability, talks with Ross Reynolds about the Department of Justice finding that police engage in use of excessive force, what the city and DOJ are doing to remedy the problems, and her role as the director of the OPA.

Elections 2012
11:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Is The Nation Better Off Than It Was Four Years Ago?

On the eve of the election, Ross Reynolds takes the pulse of listeners and asks, "Is the nation better off today than it was four years ago?"

Elections 2012
11:46 am
Mon November 5, 2012

In A Tight Race, Is A Mess Expected?

Mailed ballots must be post marked no later than November 6. Or you can drop your ballot at a drop box until 8:00 p.m.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Scheduled for The Conversation, November 5 at noon.

Ross Reynolds talks with Secretary of State Sam Reed about how he is prepping for all the tight races. 

Natural Disasters
12:52 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

What To Have In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

As millions of people in the northeast remain living without power, we are reminded of the importance of disaster preparedness. Ross Reynolds talks with emergency preparedness training specialist, Debbie Goetz, about what to have in your disaster preparedness kit

Architecture
12:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Audio Tour: Accessible Home By Karen Braitmayer

Karen Braitmayer in her kitchen.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds gets a home tour from architect Karen Braitmayer and hears about what it's like to design homes for people in wheelchairs.

Music
12:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

MC5 Guitarist Wants Music Behind Bars

Guitarist Wayne Kramer, founder of the band the MC5, plays one of the instruments that will be provided to jail inmates as part of the Jail Guitar Doors USA initiative, Jan. 2012.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Wayne Kramer was the guitarist of the protopunk 60s band, the MC5. When the band broke up, Kramer drifted into addiction and drug dealing which landed him in a federal prison with a four-year term. Today he works on a program called Jail Guitar Doors, working to get music into prisons.  Ross Reynolds talks with Wayne Kramer about music programs in prison.

Technology
12:34 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Dishing With Urban Spoon Co-Founder Patrick O'Donnell

UrbanSpoon app interface.
Flickr Photo/Cyprien

Many people are using their phone to find restaurants, and when they do, often they’re using UrbanSpoon based here in Seattle. Ross Reynolds speaks with Patrick O’Donnell, co-founder of UrbanSpoon.

Elections 2012
12:23 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Seattlites Talk Politics: Voter Panel, Part II

Last week we invited six members of our source community, KUOW’S Public Insight Network, to our studios in the University District to talk politics. We had a range of views including a self-described Socialist-Independent, a fiscal conservative, a right-leaning Democrat among others. Ross Reynolds sat down with Rob Franco, Rick Wear, Pam Okano, George Robertson, Reena Koshy and Linda Carlson and discussed federal and state issues.

Elections 2012
11:52 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Seattlites Talk Politics: Voter Panel, Part I

Host Ross Reynolds in the talk studio.
KUOW Photo/Ethan Sobotta

Last week we invited six members of our source community, KUOW’S Public Insight Network, to our studios in the University District to talk politics. We had a range of views including a self-described Socialist-Independent, a fiscal conservative, a right-leaning Democrat among others. Ross Reynolds sat down with Rob Franco, Rick Wear, Pam Okano, George Robertson, Reena Koshy and Linda Carlson and discussed federal and state issues. 

Elections 2012
3:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Long Time Listener, First Time Voter: Youth Vote 2012

Young adults aged 18 to 29 currently account for 21 percent of the eligible voting population. In the last four presidential elections, voter turnout among this population has slowly but steadily risen to almost 51 percent in 2008. Here in Washington state, there are 982,000 eligible youth voters for the 2012 election.

Ross Reynolds talks with Tufts researcher Abby Kiesa about what is getting out the youth vote in this year's election.

Halloween
2:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Spooky Scary! KUOW Listeners Share Halloween Stories

"I wore this face paint to the thrift store this afternoon and a little girl saw me, turned to her mother and said, 'Mommy! Mommy! I saw a monster!'"
Flickr/Katie Cowden

This Halloween Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their best costumes, best scares and favorite parts of Halloween.

Fear
12:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Why We Love Horror Movies

Last year we spoke with author Jason Zinoman who wrote, "Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror," and took some calls. To celebrate Halloween we've decided to bring you some highlights from that interview and a little more.

Elections 2012
12:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

1st Congressional District Debate: Koster Vs DelBene

The stakes in this race are high for both political parties. There are three open Congressional seats in the state this year, and Republicans say the 1st District is their best chance to win one.

Candidates John Koster (R) and Suzan DelBene (D) sit down with KUOW's Ross Reynolds for a debate. The candidates address the economy, women's reproductive issues and each other's campaigns thus far.

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