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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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."

Data Wizard
3:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Big Promises And Big Problems: Nate Silver Talks Big Data

Nate Silver in KUOW's green room.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Nate Silver, editor in chief of the ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog, about the promise and peril of using big data to make predictions.

He is also the author of "The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't."

Rock 'N' Roll
2:59 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

'A Man Called Destruction:' A Biography Of Musician Alex Chilton

Credit Holly George-Warren's book, "A Man Called Destruction."

Ross Reynolds talks with author Holly George-Warren about her new biography of musician Alex Chilton, "A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man."

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Civil Rights
1:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside Cesar Chavez's Legacy And Struggles

Credit Miriam Pawel's book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez."

Ross Reynolds talks with Miriam Pawel about her new book, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography."

Chavez was the most influential Latino civil rights leader in American history. In the 1960s, he led migrant farm workers into a powerful force and national movement to boycott grapes.

But in his later years, the effort flagged, and Chavez's flaws became apparent. Pawel examines the man in full.

Seattle Police Reform
3:20 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Why More Police Departments Are Under Scrutiny Today

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

Ross Reynolds talks with police accountability expert, Samuel Walker, about the increased policing of the police. Walker is also the co-author of "The New World of Police Accountability."

News From Canada
10:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Cannabis Recall, And Trouble For Air Canada

Purple kush.
Credit Flickr Photo/Morgan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Les Leyne of the Victoria Times Colonist about the latest news from Canada, including McDonalds' decision to suspend its use of the temporary foreign workers program while it awaits and audit.

Also, Canada's health agency issued a voluntary recall for a batch of cannabis sold as "purple kush."

Public Transit
10:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

King County Voters Reject Prop. 1

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center, about the impact of the vote on Proposition 1.

Race-Conscious Preferences
9:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court Decides On Michigan Affirmative Action Case

Credit Flickr Photo/SP8254 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, the chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the repercussions of the Supreme Court's decision on Michigan's affirmative action case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Technology
3:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How Microsoft's Windows Phone Stacks Up Against Its Competitors

Windows phone.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tayla Lyell (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the Northwest tech industry and how the updates to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will impact its place in the growing smartphone market.

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