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Ross Reynolds

Executive Producer of Community Engagement

Year started with KUOW: 1987

Ross creates community conversations (like the Ask A events) that supplement and complement KUOW's on-air and on-line services. He produces the occasional arts and news feature. He was co-host of KUOW’s daily news magazine The Record September 2013 to November 2015. Before that he hosted The Conversation, KUOW's award–winning daily news–talk program from 2000 to 2013 and KUOW's Seattle Afternoon from 1988 to 1992.

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. He led  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 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 been an East-West Center media fellow in the Kingdom of Tonga, an  East-West Center Jefferson Fellow in Tokyo,  South Korea and Malaysia and a RIAS Berlin Visiting American Journalist in Berlin, Brussels, Prague, Dresden. 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 as a reporter at 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.

Ways to Connect

We take a deeper look at last night’s elections with polling expert Matt Barreto to see what strategies led to success.

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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:

Are You Voting?

Nov 6, 2012
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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?

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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.

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?"

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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

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.

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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Scott McClellan was the White House Press Secretary from July 2003 to April 2006, the longest serving press secretary under George W. Bush. He left that post, disillusioned and frustrated, and went on to write a book about his experience. It’s called “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.”

The crushing cost of student debt is leading schools, students and parents to look at alternatives provided by online learning. A leader in the field, Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, sits down with Ross Reynolds for a discussion about the future of online learning for credit.

On the cusp of the release of Windows 8,  Ross Reynolds talks to New York Times personal tech columnist, David Pogue, about the latest software and the future of Microsoft. 

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Washington State Ferry system staff cutbacks are leading to some last minute cancelations and that is causing headaches for some ferry commuters.  Yesterday, two ferry sailings were canceled due to crew shortages. Ross Reynolds talks to state ferry system director, David Moseley.

A new online Seattle startup called Leafly is targeting medical marijuana patients.  The website (and mobile apps) feature information about medical cannabis strains and dispensaries based on tens of thousands of patient-generated reviews.  Ross Reynolds talks with Leafly’s CEO Brendan Kennedy about how the site works.

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This evening the Seattle Police Department will display a drone aircraft they plan to deploy as part of surveillance program using unmanned aerial vehicle. Ross Reynolds explores what the drones will be monitoring, who is concerned about privacy violations and hears listener reaction to the new drones. 

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Democrat Jay Inslee sits down with Ross Reynolds for his final KUOW interview before the election.

Republican challenger, Rob McKenna, was last on The Conversation September 28. Listen to parts one and two of his interview.

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The King County Council and Seattle City Council have approved the new arena deal to bring NBA and NHL teams to Seattle.

But what about the Seattle Storm?

Will they move to Chris Hansen’s new arena in Sodo, or will they continue to call Key Arena home? Ross talks to Seattle Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant.

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A Federal District Court in Brooklyn has ruled that poker is more a game of skill than of chance. The decision overturned the conviction of a man who operated a backroom poker game. 

Legal experts say it could effect laws that currently ban online poker. Joining us is an economist and poker player who testified in the case, Randal Heeb.

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Mark Oppenheimer has written extensively about both sides of the gay marriage argument, and in August he moderated The Dinner Table Debate between Dan Savage and Brian Brown. Now he has self-published a short biography on Dan Savage in e-book format, titled “Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity.” He joins Ross to talk about Dan Savage, gay marriage, and self-publishing.

As information becomes more accessible and more easily distributed, are secrets becoming a thing of the past? Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Greenberg about his new book, “This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileaks, Cypherpunks, and Hactivists Aim to Free the World’s Information.” 

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The United Kingdom already has a universal health care system. So you might expect that the health gap between rich and poor is smaller in England than it is the United States — but you’d be wrong! 

Melissa Martinson is a professor in the  School of Social Work at the University of Washington and she talks with Ross Reynolds about the differences in health between citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. 

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Former RealNetworks executive Alex Alben says digital technology is leading to more connection and more alienation.  Alben talks to Ross Reynolds about what the rise of digital technology means for the future of America. 

The New York Times says Washington state’s online voter registration system is not secure. Ross Reynolds talks with Washington's assistant secretary of state, Steve Excell. 

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