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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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.

Westminster Kennel Club
4:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

One Step For Mutts, One Leap For Dogkind

Mutts will be allowed to compete in the Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February.
Flickr Photo/Pet Adviser

Ross Reynolds talks with Westminster Kennel Club spokesperson David Frei about the decision to include mixed-breed dogs in the upcoming Masters Agility Championship on Feb. 8 in New York City.

Legalized Marijuana
3:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Pierce County Councilman Responds To Attorney General's Opinion On Pot Moratoriums

The Pierce County Council voted to ban recreational pot.
Flickr Photo/Brian Stalter

Ross Reynolds talks with Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach about state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's opinion that jurisdictions may ban recreational pot at their discretion.

International Trade
4:36 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

What The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Mean For Washington

Ross Reynolds talks with Eric Shinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, about how he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement will benefit Washington.

Meanwhile, Marcie Sillman speaks with Labor Representative Stan Sorscher at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Stan Sorscher. He explains why he believes the TPP will hurt Washington.

Legalized Marijuana
4:34 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Reactions To Attorney General's Opinion On Pot Moratoriums

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.
Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds talks with Alison Holcomb, ACLU's drug policy director, and Candice Bock, government relations advocate for the Association of Washington Cities, about state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's position on local governments' pot moratoriums. On Thursday, Ferguson said state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.

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