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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

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Ross Reynolds talks with state Representatives Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) and Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) about a proposed initiative that would make state Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases involving donors who've given them more than $1,000.

Does More Class Time Equal More Learning?

Sep 16, 2015
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Ross Reynolds talks to Jennifer McMurrer, director of research at the Center on Education Policy, about how longer school days affect student performance. One of the sticking points in the Seattle teacher's strike was class time. Under the new tentative contract, students will spend 20 more minutes in school. 

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Cynthia Barnett, author of "Rain: A Natural and Cultural History," about the unexpected things she learned while writing a book about rain. The book has been longlisted for a National Book Award.

Former Representative Ross Hunter, in a photo from 2009.
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Ross Reynolds sits down with Ross Hunter, former Microsoft executive and state legislator, to talk about his time in the state House and his new job as director of the Washington Department of Early Learning.

Jerry Baker is seen with wife Deborah Stephenson and daughter  Julia Baker after he finished this year's Seattle to Portland ride — his 36th STP.
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Ross Reynolds talks to bicyclist Jerry Baker, who won the first Seattle to Portland bicycle ride in 1979 and has ridden in every STP since, about participating in the 36th annual ride this year along with an estimated 10,000 others.

This segment originally aired July 10. Baker died Sept. 10 at age 73 of leukemia.  

China President Xi Jinping.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton about the economic connections between Washington state and China, and how they might play out in Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit.

Ross Reynolds interviews Bainbridge Island writer Jonathan Evison about his fourth novel, “This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!," which centers around a mysterious phone call about an Alaska cruise made to a 79-year-old woman. Evison also talks about the influence of fellow Northwest novelist Maria Semple on his work and what it’s like to have Paul Rudd play him in the upcoming film based on his last book, “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving."

BC Place in Vancouver will host many of the Women's World Cup games, including the final on July 5.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Canadian journalist Frances Bula about the bump in tourism Vancouver, B.C., is experiencing.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Rachael Coyle of Coyle’s Bakeshop about peaches at the Phinney Ridge Farmers Market and gets a recipe for peach-infused lemonade with basil.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with John Ratte, a New Orleans native who moved to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina devastated his city. 

Ross Reynolds speaks with Capt. Chris Fowler, commander of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, about the Neighborhood Response Team. The group of six officers patrols a nine-block area in downtown Seattle, using a new kind of policing to fight what business owners have called "downtown disorder."

Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost outbuildings and vehicles in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan, Wash., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. His home was saved , though.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns about the role of climate change in this year's wildfire season. You can read more of her reporting here.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about wildfires in British Columbia and the impact there of fires across the border in Washington. 

Mud Bay workers sign a 'declaration' of worker ownership during a company meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20.
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Ross Reynolds asks the co-CEOs of Mud Bay pet stores why they decided to turn a chunk of the company over to their employees. Last week at the company’s annual Mudstock meeting, employees signed a "declaration" of ownership.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Robbie Bach, who retired from Microsoft in 2010 at age 49 after leading the company’s successful foray into video games with the XBox. 

Tomatoes at Queen Anne Farmers Market.
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Ross Reynolds goes to the Queen Anne Farmers Market to talk with cook, author and chef Becky Selengut about what's fresh for your table. Hear a simple recipe for using delicious tomatoes. Selengut's books include Good Fish and Shroom: Mind-Bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Patrice Demombynes, a long-time friend of artist Rolon Bert Garner and the owner of the Virginia Inn. Garner died on  Aug. 17. He had a big impact on the Seattle art scene during his life. 

Ross Reynolds interviews Larry Gossett and Bob Santos, two members of Seattle’s "Gang of Four." In the social turmoil of the 1960s and '70s, four Seattle political activists came of age: Roberto Maestas from the Latino community, Native American activist Bernie Whitebear, Bob Santos of the Asian community, and African American leader Larry Gossett.

Santos is the co-author of “Gang of Four: Four Leaders. Four Communities. One Friendship."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Alex Hymer, co-owner of Sweet River Bakery in Pateros, Washington. The bakery is about an hour south of Winthrop and Twisp, and has been serving up caffeine and internet access to wildfire evacuees from the two towns.

Flames and smoke rise on a hillside above Twisp River Road near Twisp, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.
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“Everything is tapped out.”

Those were the not-so-reassuring words of Peter Goldmark, Washington state lands commissioner. He spoke Thursday with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, the day after three firefighters were killed in a wildfire near Twisp.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times reporter Will Drabold about his investigation into the Department of Social and Health Services which revealed issues in staffing and funding that put Washington kids at risk. 

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about wildfire season in British Columbia. 

Ross Reynolds talks with Kelly McBride, media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, about the backlash from the New York Times' story "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace." The paper's public editor Margaret Sullivan has weighed in, saying the story was "driven less by irrefutable proof than by generalization and anecdote." Was the story fair? 

Many people thought it was Vern Fonk they were seeing in the outrageous commercial for Vern Fonk insurance. But actually it was a man named Rob Thielke.

Thielke rose from officer manager to becoming  president of the company and the creator and actor in those zany commercials. 

Thielke died Sunday from cancer after a long illness at the age 50. But he’ll  live on in those memorably creative commercials.

Prison bars file photo.
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A few years ago Theresa Nolte fell in love with Kelly Beard, an inmate at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Nolte was a prison staffer.

Consensual or not, sexual contact between prison staffers and inmates is illegal.

Why Does Amazon Think It's A Startup?

Aug 18, 2015

Ross Reynolds talks with Chris Devore, managing director of Techstars, about how Amazon can act like a startup even though it's really not one.

Amazon.com is under fire after an article from the New York Times lambasted its workplace atmosphere.
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It’s a bruising, even brutal, workplace where an employee caring for a dying parent is seen as “a problem” and people cry at their desks. Or it’s an exhilarating place where even lower-level workers can change the way business gets done in America.

Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop and the Seattle Times’ Jon Talton told KUOW's Ross Reynolds that a New York Times story over the weekend and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ passionate response to it provide an intriguing, complex look inside a company that has remade retail and the city it calls home.

Shilo Murphy at the People's Harm Reduction Alliance in Seattle's University District.
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The day Shilo Murphy found his friend dead from an overdose, he resolved to change his life.

He wouldn’t quit drugs. He liked how heroin made him feel. But he wanted to improve the lives of drug users.

"My experience of having a close friend die was that I wasn't going to take it anymore,” Murphy told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds. “It being the conditions we lived under, the discrimination we felt, the constant violence towards us.”

King County primary ballot.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with C.R. Douglas, political analyst for Q13 Fox, about the initial results from the August primary elections.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Feliks Banel, a freelance reporter for KUOW, about a site in Ballard shortlisted to house a tent city. Ballard locals hosted a gathering on Monday to protest the use of this specific site for a homeless encampment. 

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