Ross Reynolds

Senior Host, The Conversation

Ross has hosted The Conversation, KUOW's award–winning daily news–talk program, since 2000. 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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Author Interview
3:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Aggrieved Entitlement: New Era For American Masculinity

Michael Kimmel's book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era"

Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York, about his new book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era." Kimmel says white men have a reason to be angry, but it's often not the reason they think it its.

Minimum Wage
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Income Inequality Advisory Committee Working On Minimum Wage Proposal

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage on December 5, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard Wright, co-chair of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about the status of its proposal to the mayor.

Video Games
2:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New Video Game Centers Around Government Surveillance

The new video game, "Republique," begins with with a phone call from a woman named, Hope.
Camouflaj's Facebook page

Ross Reynolds talks with video game creator Ryan Payton and business director Jeffrey Matthews about their new game, "Republique," out of the Bellevue-based studio, Camouflaj.

Environment
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hood Canal Oil Spill: 'No Evidence Of Harm To Wildlife, Environment'

Flickr Photo/EcologyWA (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Lisa Copeland, communications manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology, about the cleanup efforts of the 2,000 gallons of oil that spilled in Hood Canal on Monday.

Hurts So Good
12:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Science And Music Of Heartbreak

Dr. Helen Fisher studies why after a break-up all we want to do is wallow in sad music.
Flickr Photo/Lis Ferla

There are a lot of songs about love, but perhaps there are even more songs about loss. That raises a serious scientific question: Why are so many songs written about heartbreak, and what happens to the brains of people who are experiencing a really bad break-up?

Biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher studies what happens in our brains when we are in love and when we are heart broken. She says that Tylenol is helpful, but staring at pictures of your ex and listening to a sad song when your brain is going through massive dopamine withdrawal is not.

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Public Utilities
4:50 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Biweekly Trash Pickup: Are The Savings Worth The Stink?

The City of Seattle would save about $6.5 million by switching to the biweekly pickup schedule.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Youngstrom

Ross Reynolds talks with Suzie Burke, member of Seattle Public Utilities' Citizen Advisory Committee, about the proposal to move toward biweekly trash pickup.

Tribal Law
2:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Pilot Program Helps Domestic Violence Victims On Tulalip Reservation

Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tulalip Tribe Chairman Mel Sheldon about a federal pilot program that will allow the Tulalip Tribe to prosecute non-tribal members who are accused of domestic violence on the reservation.

Marriage
2:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Money Can't Buy You Love, But It Might Help

Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk

Ross Reynolds talks with sociologist Dr. Christie Boxer about why a growing number of Americans are marrying into their own economic class.

Transportation
11:13 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mayor Ed Murray Weighs In On Ridesharing

Flickr Photo/Marvin Spencer (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about ridesharing and what he thinks is the best to regulate the new industry.

Health Care
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Health Paradox: Why Does U.S. Rank So Low When We Spend So Much?

Credit Flickr Photo/Sara Westermark

Why does the U.S. spend much more on health care than other nations, yet lag behind in key measures of wellness? KUOW's Ross Reynolds spoke with author and scholar Lauren Taylor about her research on this perennial question.

“We spend exorbitantly on health care in this country," she said. "We’re up above $8,000 per person per year, whereas the average industrialized country is able to spend less than $4,000 per year on health and attains many better outcomes in terms of maternal mortality, life expectancy and infant mortality."

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Capital Punishment
3:41 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Suspending The Death Penalty In Washington State

Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds hear from reporters and interested parties in response to Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state.

Sports
2:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison

Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., about her letter to the National Football League urging it to get rid of the Washington Redskins' name.

Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Bertha's continuing woes and who would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns.

Local Food
4:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Why Local Chef Greg Atkinson Almost Traded The Pan For The Pen

Chef, restauranteur and food writer Greg Atkinson.
Flickr Photo/rockdoggydog

In hindsight, Greg Atkinson was destined for a life in and around the kitchen, but he didn’t necessarily predict that for himself.

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Film Industry
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Let There Be Movies: Hollywood Embraces The Bible

Flickr Photo/GeoWombats

Ross Reynolds talks with film expert Robert Thompson about why 2014 has been dubbed the "Year of the Bible" in the movie industry.

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