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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Environment
3:41 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Urban Sustainability With Majora Carter

Majora Carter
Credit ced.berkeley.edu

Ross Reynolds speaks with former activist Majora Carter about her work organizing low-income communities around environmental issues.

Childbirth
3:41 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Mother Of Midwifery

Ina May Gaskin has been dubbed "Mother of Midwifery."
Flickr Photo/TEDxSacramento

Ross Reynolds talks with Ina May Gaskin, the so-dubbed "Mother of Midwifery," about childbirth practices around the world.

Youth Issues
3:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Stability And Security: The Case For Extended Foster Care

Deontae Cruz and Mockingbird Society founder Jim Theofelis are advocating for a bill that would allow foster youth to remain in the system until age 21.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds sits down with Jim Theofelis, founder and executive director of the Mockingbird Society, and 21-year-old Deontae Cruz who participated in the original extended foster care pilot program.

They spoke about the importance of allowing young adults in foster care to remain in the system until age 21 — an issue state legislators will address this session.

Transportation
3:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Woes Of Funding Public Transit

King County Metro Transit is facing a 17 percent cut to service.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Johnson, the executive director of Transportation Choices, about how cities deal with transit funding woes.

Poetry
7:26 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Remembering William Stafford, A 'Poet Of Personal Integrity'

William Stafford's collection "Ask Me."

This year marks the centennial of the birth of William Stafford, a much beloved poet and lifelong pacifist who taught at Lewis and Clark College in Portland for nearly 40 years. To celebrate the occasion, Graywolf Press has released a collection of his poems titled, "Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems."

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Author Interview
7:12 am
Thu January 23, 2014

How Limitations Of Self Control And Corporate Marketing Set Us Up For Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Deborah Cohen's book, “A Big Fat Crisis."

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Deborah Cohen about her new book, “A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind The Obesity Epidemic – And How We Can End It."

She says there are two reasons for the obesity epidemic. First, we’re hardwired to eat and no matter how many diets we try, we can’t overcome the limits of self control. Second, in the modern food environment, corporations aggressively market cheap, unhealthy food.

Gay Rights
4:10 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Eastside Catholic School Alumnus Fighting For Teacher's Rights

President of Eastside Catholic School Sister Mary Tracy resigns just weeks after its vice principal was dismissed for marrying his same-sex partner.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

Ross Reynolds talks with Corey Sinser, graduate from Eastside Catholic School, about the resignation of the school's president Sister Mary Tracy and his fight to bring Mark Zmuda back to the school.

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Seasonal Vegetables
3:17 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Sunchokes And Parsnips

Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition recommends picking out parsnips that are firm and dry.
Courtesy of Sheryl Wiser

Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about what is fresh at the farmer's market this week.

Aerospace
4:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Not Even Boeing Can Fly Without Wings

Everett, Moses Lake, Spokane and Frederickson, Wash., are vying for Boeing’s wing work.
Flickr Photo/Pylon757

Ross Reynolds talks with Snohomish County Executive John Lovick about why he thinks Boeing should build the wing for the 777X in his neighborhood.

Heath
3:25 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Young, But Not So Invincible

The Washington’s healthcare exchange needs young and healthy people to balance out the people who will get sick more often.
Flickr Photo/Benjamin Stone

Ross Reynolds talks with one of the so-dubbed young invincibles, 23-year-old Ursula Swantner, about her experience signing up for health care through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website, and why she's glad she did.

Online Privacy
3:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Proposed Bill Would Make 'Revenge Porn' A Felony In Washington

The proposed bill would outlaw posting explicit photos or videos of someone else online, with the intent to cause serious emotional distress.
Flickr Photo/Matthew (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with activist Charlotte Laws about her daughter's experience as a revenge porn victim.

Technology
10:36 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Is Technology Oversold As The Solution To All Our Problems?

Evgeny Morozov's book "To Save Everything, Click Here."

Ross Reynolds chats with self-described digital heretic Evgeny Morozov, who is the author of "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism." Morozoy says not only are the promises of technology oversold, but Silicon Valley is trying to fix things that don’t need fixing.

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Football
4:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Calling The Game: Gene Steratore's Role In NFC Championship Game

Gene Steratore will be officiating the game in Seattle this Sunday.
Flickr Photo/Ed Yourdon

Ross Reynolds talks with Ben Austro, editor of FootballZebras.com, about Gene Steratore's officiating style in anticipation of this Sunday's league championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

National Security
4:38 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Outlines Steps Toward Changing The NSA, Will They Work?

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Ross Reynolds talks with David Cole, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University, about President Obama's proposed changes to the National Security Agency program.

Diversity
4:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Could You Describe Your Racial Experience In Six Words?

Journalist Michele Norris launched the Race Card Project to get people talking about race in America.
Flickr Photo/KCTS 9 Public Television

Ross Reynolds speaks with NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris about her project the Race Card Project.

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