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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Economics
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Americans Don't Understand The Budget, And It's Partially The Media's Fault

Flickr Photo/BC Gov Photos

Ross Reynolds talks with economist Dean Baker about why the way we talk about numbers is wrong, and how we can do it better.

Marijuana Legalization
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

In Washington And Colorado, Bankers Are Entering The Marijuana Industry

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Posey Gruener speaks with Russ Rosendal, CEO of Salal Credit Union, about why they decided to offer banking services to licensed marijuana growers in Washington state.

And, Ross Reynolds speaks with AP reporter Kristen Wyatt about Colorado lawmakers' approval of a financial system designed expressly for the Marijuana industry.

Urban Parklets
2:28 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Seattle Is Putting The 'Park' In Parking Space

The finished Capitol Hill parklet on Olive Way in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Reding (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jennifer Wielund, public space program manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, about the crop of a dozen new pilot parklets which will appear in parking spaces across the city this summer.

Fungal Infection
2:27 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

An Update On The Valley Fever Investigation In Eastern Washington

Coccidioidomycosis, a fungus that can lead to valley fever, often lives in dry, arrid areas. It has recently been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.
Credit Flickr Photo/Eddie McHugh (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Tom Chiller, a fungal expert at the CDC, about the discovery of Coccidioides in eastern Washington. The fungus causes Valley Fever, and so far three cases have been confirmed. Chiller is assisting the state of Washington in its investigation of Valley Fever.

Legal Rights
3:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

How Washington Domestic Partners Will Be Affected By Marriage Equality Law

Flickr Photo/John Heil (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle attorney Denise Diskin about the practical implications of domestic partnerships being automatically converted into marriages on June 30 this year.

Generational Trends
3:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Millenials Vs. Boomers: What Happens Next?

Credit Paul Taylor's book "The Next America."

Ross Reynolds talks with Paul Taylor, president of the Pew Research Center about his new book, ‘The Next America."

Marijuana
12:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside Seattle's First Legal Pot Farm

Bruce Cummins shows off some of Sea of Green Farm's marijuana plants growing in their greenhouse.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Sea of Green Farms sits south of Ballard, just east of Fisherman’s Terminal.

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Seattle 2035
3:47 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Questions Of Low Income Housing In Planning Seattle's Next 30 Years

This 1933 shot shows the University Bridge in Seattle under construction. City planners are deciding how the city will change in the course of the next 30 years.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with John Fox of the Seattle Displacement Coalition as part of The Record's continuing series on Seattle's comprehensive plan. They discuss the growth of the University District and Fox questions the planners' premise that Seattle needs to grow by 120,000 people over the next generation.

Foodies
2:19 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Blogger Orangette On Business, Marriage And Pizza

Delancey, a pizza restaurant in Ballard, was started five years ago by wife and husband team Molly Wizenberg and Brandon Pettit.
Flickr Photo/Lee Davenport (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Molly Wizenberg, author of the popular food blog Orangette, has a new book out this week detailing the far-fetched beginnings of Delancey, the restaurant she shares with husband Brandon Pettit.

On Orangette, Wizenberg said she met her husband through her blog. Early in their relationship, she told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, Pettit was a trained musician in a Ph.D. program for musical composition.

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Earthquake Safety Measures
12:50 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Life In The Cascadia Subduction Zone

Credit Oregon State University (OSU) Press

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bonnie Henderson about her new book "The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast."

Just off the coast of Washington and Oregon is a fault line with potential to unleash an earthquake larger than the deadly magnitude 9 Japan quake in 2011 that triggered a tsunami.

Henderson tells the story about how geologists learned of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and how public officials have tried to adopt safety measures.

Spoiler alert: when you hear a siren, walk and keep walking.

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Self-Taught Band Leader
11:26 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Musician Ayron Jones: Learning To Appreciate The Love That's Around

Local musician Ayron Jones crowsurfs at a Seattle performance.
Courtesy of Mackenzie McAninch/Alex Crick

Ross Reynolds interviews and plays the music of Seattle guitarist, singer and songwriter Ayron Jones. Jones talks about his musical inspirations and the themes of his lyrics.

His band Ayron Jones and the Way was formed four years ago. The group were regional champions at a worldwide battle of the bands called Hard Rock Rising. They gained the attention of Seattle hip hop hero Sir Mix-A-Lot, who produced the band's first album, "Dream,"  last Fall.

Author Interview
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Regulating Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much?

Credit Murray Carpenter's book, "Caffeinated."

Ross Reynolds speaks with journalist Murray Carpenter about his book, “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us."

The book takes a closer look at the common drug we take for granted on a daily basis.

Author Interview
2:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hemp: The Emerging Crop In The Global Economy

Credit Doug Fine's book, "Hemp Bound."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Fine, a self-described comedic investigative journalist, about his new book, "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution."

Fine spoke with scientists and farmers around the world about how hemp is used. In February, President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which allows industrial research on hemp.

Technology
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In

Fit Bit uses your smart phone to track the steps a person takes in a day.
Flickr Photo/Bryan Zug (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds asks Dr. David Bates, physician at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, how consumers can navigate the exploding marketplace of mobile health apps.

Digital Media
3:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

'Taking Back Power And Culture:' How The Internet Is Changing Our Lives

Credit Astra Taylor's book, "The People’s Platform."

Ross Reynolds speaks with writer and filmmaker Astra Taylor about how the Internet has become a victim of its own success. She is the author of "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age."

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