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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Play Ball!
2:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Strange Language Of Baseball

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From 'cup of coffee' to 'Bronx cheer,' Ross Reynolds runs the language bases of baseball with linguist Ben Zimmer.

Campaign Donations
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

SCOTUS Rules Against Some Campaign Finance Limits

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Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject funding limits in federal elections.

Author Interview
1:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Nicholson Baker's New Novel 'Traveling Sprinkler'

Credit Nicholson Baker's book, "Traveling Sprinkler."

In his new book “Traveling Sprinkler,” novelist Nicholson Baker tells the story of a 55-year-old poet’s obsession with electronic dance music, Debussy, and his ex girlfriend who works as a local NPR radio host. Baker has written nine novels and five books of non-fiction and speaks with The Record's Ross Reynolds.

This interview originally aired on September 30, 2013.

News From Canada
9:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Elections Controversy, Measles Outbreak, And Trucker Strike Settled

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Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about this week's news from Canada.

Author Interview
3:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Underlying Social Message Of Pranksters

Credit Kembrew McLeod's book, "Pranksters."

Ross Reynolds talks with Kembrew McLeod, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, about his book, "Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World."

McLeod argues that pranksters are more than mischief makers and entertainers. They have an underlying social message and prompt public discussion.

He recounts pranks going back four centuries including Benjamin Franklin and Seattle's own Megan Jaspers from Sub Pop Records.

Author Interview
12:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell: 'Why Do We Call David The Underdog?'

Writer Malcolm Gladwell waits in KUOW's green room before an interview with The Record's Ross Reynold's.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David and Goliath: the improbable victory, a one in a million outcome that never should have happened.

But New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell argues that diminutive David had the upper hand.

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Affordable Care Act
2:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

No Extension In Washington For Health Insurance Sign-Up

March 31 is the deadline for Washington Healthplanfinder's open enrollment.
Credit Screenshot of Washington Healthplanfinder website

Ross Reynolds sits down with Washington Healthplanfinder spokesman Michael Marchand to get an update on the last day of open enrollment.

Oso Mudslide
4:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Factors To Consider Before Releasing Names Of Missing People

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington at a press conference on March 24, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Ross Reynolds speaks with Joel Reidenberg, who teaches law at Fordham and Princeton universities, about the ethical complexities of releasing the names of those missing or unaccounted for in the Oso mudslide. Reidenberg co-authored a report on privacy and missing persons after natural disasters.

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Humor
2:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Isn't 'Waiting For 2042'

Hari Kondabolu
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Ross Reynolds talks with comedian Hari Kondabolu about race in America, the coming white minority and his new album, "Waiting For 2042." Kondabolu will be performing at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, March 29.

Landslide Insurance
2:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Likely To Face Financial Woes

Saturday's mudslide in Oso destroyed at least 49 homes.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Jim Davis, editor of the Herald Business Journal in Everett, about the bleak financial outlook facing Oso victims whose homes were damaged in the recent mudslide.

"There are 1.5 million single-family homes in the state of Washington. Only 4,700 homeowners and business owners have landslide insurance," Davis said.

School Reform
12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School

Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error."

The popular narrative around public schools is that they’re failing and that teachers and administrators are to blame. Reformers argue for charter schools. They call for evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students. They urge abolition of policies that reward seniority among teachers.

Diane Ravitch thinks they’re wrong. She thinks what passes for reform is a hoax. Ravitch is a historian of education and a research professor at New York University. She was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration. Her latest book is "Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To American Schools."

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Local Food
10:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Getting Fresh: Spring Into Delicious Edition

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Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of Cascade Harvest about what spring will bring to local farmers markets.

American Music
2:19 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Man Apart: Terry Teachout On Jazz Giant Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout's book "Duke."

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout about his book, "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."

Ellington is regarded as perhaps the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century. The conductor Andre Previn once compared him to Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

This interview originally aired on October 16, 2013.

Author Interview
9:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Catching Up With Writer George Saunders

Author George Saunders.
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Ross Reynolds talks with acclaimed author George Saunders about his life, work and how he hope to follow the success of his last short story collection, "Tenth of December."

Signs Of Spring
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Not Bad For A Septuagenarian: UW Cherry Trees Burst With Bloom

Cherry blossoms at the UW Quad.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Shores, arborist at the University of Washington, about the annual profusion of cherry blossoms on the UW campus and about how these trees, originally planted at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1939, ended up at The Quad.

The blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom this weekend, Shores said.

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