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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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.

Ukraine Protest
1:55 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Protestors Rally Against The Ukraine Government

Flickr Photo/Ivan Bandura

Ross Reynolds talks with Scott Radnitz about why Ukrainians have been protesting in the streets of Kiev for the last three months. Radnitz is an associate professor and director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.

News From Olympia
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deep Divisions In Washington State Government

Flickr Photo/Tony Swartz

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the divisions down in Olympia this legislative session.

Relationships
1:12 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Julie And John Gottman Dish A Little Advice From The Love Lab

Drs. John and Julie Gottman share their secrets to lasting love.
Flickr Photo/LollyKnit

Valentine’s Day may be a day filled with flowers, chocolates and a candle-lit dinner, but for relationship experts Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, the lovey-dovey holiday is about reconnecting and showing how you care about your partner.

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Author Interview
3:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

How To Compete Like A Winner

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's book "Top Dog."

Ross Reynolds sits down with Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman to talk about competition and their book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."

This interview originally aired on March 5, 2013.

Civil Liberties
4:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington ACLU Director Reflects On 37-Year Career

ACLU of Washington's Kathleen Taylor has served as the executive director since 1980.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

Ross Reynolds talks with Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the ACLU of Washington, about her long career advocating for civil liberties and free speech.

Comprehensive Plan
1:52 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Imagining Seattle In 2035

The City of Seattle is working on a new comprehensive city plan to accommodate nearly 120,000 new residents who are expected to move to Seattle by 2035.
Flickr Photo/Michael B.

Ross Reynolds recently attended the 50th PechaKucha Seattle event at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Garden to imagine the future. The event strives to come up with a new comprehensive city plan to accommodate nearly 120,000 new residents who are expected to move to Seattle by 2035.

From The Archives
9:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'People Need Each Other'

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appears onstage at the 2013 Envision Awards.
AP Photo/Andy Kropa

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a Best Actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film "Capote," was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday at age 46.

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Author Interview
4:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Novelist Richard Powers Explores Post-9/11 Paranoia

Richard Powers' book, "Orfeo."

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist Richard Powers about his new book "Orfeo." It's a story of a 70-year-old retired music teacher who finds himself being pursued by the Department of Homeland Security as the "Biohacker Bach."

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Author Interview
3:46 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Why Do You Read?

Wendy Lesser's book "Why I Read."

Ross Reynolds speaks with author Wendy Lesser bout her latest book “Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books." Lesser is the founder and editor of the literary magazine the Three Penny Review and the author of eight books of non-fiction and a novel.

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