Ross Reynolds

Host, The Record

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 Germany, 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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Audio Postcard
10:16 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Across The Street From The Gestapo Headquarters

One section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into the East Side Gallery, with artworks by a variety of artists from around the world.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds reports on what's changed and what's stayed the same in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Voice From Afar
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Embedded KUOW Reporter Describes The World Cup Atmosphere In Germany

According to Ross Reynolds, currently on a fellowship in Germany, the whole country seems to be in love right now with the World Cup and beer.
Flickr Photo/harry_nl (CC-BY-NC-ND)

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds shares some firsthand observations of the World Cup fever he’s witnessed during his stay in Berlin, where every game — whether Germany is playing or not — is big.

Reynolds said public viewing areas are all over the city, from the giant public viewing space near the Brandenburg Gate created for some 50,000 people, to the small, neighborhood convenience stores that set out chairs and TVs for customers. Wherever you are watching, he said, the beer and Curryvurst probably isn’t too far away.

“Fun fact about the World Cup here,” Reynolds told fellow Record host Marcie Sillman in a phone interview. “It’s being broadcast by the public television network! Imagine if PBS had the franchise on running the World Series; that’s what it’s like here in Germany.”

Seattle In 2035
3:35 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

South Lake Union: The Comprehensive Plan That Helped Grow It, And What The Next One Should Do

Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Roger Valdez of the pro-growth group Smart Growth Seattle about how the last comprehensive plan helped create growth in South Lake Union and what the next comprehensive plan for 2035 should be doing.

Perhaps no Seattle neighborhood has changed more than South Lake Union. What was once low rise and low income is now shiny high rises and Amazon. They spoke at Stackhouse, an apartment complex developed from an old laundry building.

Ivory Tower
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Documentary That Asks, Is College Worth It?

A lecture hall at Trinity College.
Flickr Photo/Trinity College (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Andrew Rossi, director of a new documentary "Ivory Tower" that asks the question, is a college education worth the skyrocketing cost of tuition?

Rossi, himself a Harvard and Yale graduate, examines the one trillion dollar student debt (now higher than credit card debt), the reasons higher education costs more, and the shake-out out that could take down many smaller liberal arts colleges.

Oso Mudslide
3:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

As Highway 530 Opens, Darrington Welcomes Visitors

SR 530 is reopening to alternating single-lane traffic May 31. Sections of the roadway was discovered missing during clearing work, so portions of the highway will be unpaved.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Martha Rasmussen, organizer of Darrington Day, about the fortuitous connection between the re-opening of state Route 530 and the annual celebration of Darrington Day. Both events take place Saturday May 31.

STEM Workers From Abroad
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: More Skilled Foreign Workers Could Mean Higher Wages In Cities

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

Catchy Tunes
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Local Musicians Talk About Their Love For Disney Classics

What is it about Disney music that keeps us singing and dancing no matter what the age?
Flickr Photo/Carlos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews saxophonist and bandleader Jacob Zimmerman and vocalist Katie Jacobsen about an evening of music from Disney films they’ll be performing with others Saturday night at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Zimmerman has performed marching band renditions of Disney favorites in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Jacobsen loved Disney music as a kid, and then got into it again when she began giving voice lessons and all the girls wanted to sing Disney songs.

Growlers
11:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On Whidbey Island, Jets Are Also 'Sound Of Freedom'

For some, the sound of the growler jets over Whidbey Island are a deafening nuisance. But for at least one woman, it’s “the sound of freedom.”

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Author Interview
4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Bainbridge Author's 'Problems With People'

Credit David Guterson's book "Problems with People."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bainbridge Island author David Guterson about his new collection of short stories "Problems with People," and the 2013 commencement speech Guterson gave at his alma mater, Roosevelt High School,  which drew boos from some in the audience.

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Documentary
1:55 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Honor And Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story

A still from a Kickstarter trailer for the film "Honor and Sacrifice" about the life of WWII hero Roy Matsumoto.
Credit YouTube

Ross Reynolds speaks with film maker Don Sellers and Karen Matsumoto, the daughter of World War II hero Roy Matsumoto. 

Roy Matsumoto enlisted in the army to get out of a Japanese American internment camp. He went on to serve  as a translator for the Merrill’s Marauders behind enemy lines in the Burma and won a medal for outstanding bravery.

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Wage Debate
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle City Council Considers Changes To Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Official photo of the current Seattle City Council.

Ross Reynolds talks to PubliCola reporter Erica C. Barnett about the Seattle City Council's review of Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal. The original plan was a hard-fought compromise between business and labor representatives.

Long-Term Unemployment
1:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed

Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work.

International Conflict
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Number Of Refugees On The Rise

A refugee from the Darfur conflict visits a medical facility in Sudan.
Flickr Photo/United Nations Photo

Ross Reynolds talks with Judith Kumin, former United Nation's official and current professor of International Human Rights at the University of New Hampshire, about why the number of displaced people in the world is on the rise.

Cascadia Fault Line
3:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Research Takes Us A Step Closer To Understanding Earthquakes

The Cadillac Hotel in Seattle suffered severe damage in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, about new research on predicting earthquakes.

Injury Research
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

As Risks Come Out, School Sports Are Changing

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

Ross Reynolds talks to John Miller, assistant executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, about how research into risks associated with school sports is changing attitudes and activities in Washington state and beyond.

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