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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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

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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.
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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

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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

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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.
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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.

Income Inequality
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Immigrant Business Owners Weigh In On Seattle's Minimum Wage

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Ross Reynolds talks with Taylor Hoang, owner of the Pho Cyclo Cafe, about the minimum wage debate in Seattle.

As an immigrant business owner, Hoang is in favor of a proposal that would implement a much lower minimum wage. The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $10.35 and gradually increase to $15 over the next 10 years.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How UW's Age-Progression Software Could Help Find Missing Kids

A single photo of a child (far left) is age progressed (left in each pair) and compared to actual photos of the same person at the corresponding age (right in each pair).
Courtesy of the University of Washington

Ross Reynolds talks with Robert Lowery, vice president of the Missing Children Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about the new automated age-progression software developed at the University of Washington.

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Earth Day
2:43 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Conservative Take On Environmentalism

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Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Myers, environmental director of the Washington Policy Center, about how conservative values align with the environmental movement. 

Biotech
10:28 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Bionic Bulldogs And Spider Goats: The Future Of Biotech's New Beasts

Artistic interpretation of the future of pets, the Genpet by Adam Brendejs.
Flickr Photo/Adam Brandejs

How is biotechnology changing our pets, our livestock and other wild things? Ross Reynolds talks with Emily Anthes, the author of "Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts," about how biotech will change our pets and livestock.

This interview originally aired on March 14, 2013.

Mexico City Quake
3:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Challenges To Predicting Earthquakes

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Moments before the magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico, people received a text message warning on their phones.

Ross Reynolds talks with John Vidale, Washington state seismologist and UW professor, about the challenges to predicting earthquakes.

Seattle 2035
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Building Seattle's Future Around Transit

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Josh Brower, member of the Seattle Planning Commission, about how the transit focus might affect his neighborhood in Beacon Hill.

The transit focus is one of the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

Education & Race
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem

Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard.
Credit AP Photo, Western Washington University

Ross Reynolds talks with Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard about his concerns for the lack of diversity at Western and other schools across the country.

In a recent convocation speech, Shepard sparked a debate over his statement: "If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university."

Pot Retail
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away

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Ross Reynolds talks with Dominic Corva, executive director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, about the implications for pot bans and moratoriums in Washington state.

Seattle 2035
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard

Downtown Ballard.
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Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, Seattle 2035.

City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit.

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