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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Author Interview
4:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Sustainability Guru Talks Local Eating

Vicki Robin's book "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us"

Ross Reynolds talks with Vicki Robin about her latest book, "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.”  In it, she writes about an experiment she did in 2010 to eat only locally-sourced food within 10 miles of her Whidbey Island home. She is a local leader in the sustainable living movement and one of the founders of Sustainable Seattle.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gary Shteyngart: From The Soviet Union To US Novelist

Author Gary Shteyngart in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new memoir: a story of growing up in the Soviet Union, moving to the US as a child and becoming a novelist. It’s called “Little Failure.”

Thailand Protests
2:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Thai Anti-Government Protesters Occupy Bangkok

Thousands of protesters against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra filled the streets of Bangkok.
Flickr Photo/Kitty Chirapongse

Ross Reynolds speaks with ​Thai political blogger and foreign correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut about the anti-government protests shutting down Bangkok streets, and what it means for the future of democracy in Thailand.

Grassroots Campaign
4:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant jokes with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at her first City Council meeting.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Reputation Economics
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

How Much Is Your Mother Worth?

Joshua Klein in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with professional hacker and author Joshua Klein about why who you know is more valuable than what you have.

Sports
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

With Super Bowl Hopes, Can Seahawks Live Up To The Hype?

Die-hard Seahawks fans pack CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Philip Robertson

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances to beat the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Free Agent
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Role Of 'Basketball Diplomacy' In North Korea

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Korean players at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

When former basketball star Dennis Rodman implied to CNN that Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood, Wash., man imprisoned in North Korea, had committed a crime, Bae’s sister lashed out.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Far Along Is Puget Sound Partnership In Cleaning Up The Sound?

A view of Puget Sound from above.
Flickr Photo/David Prasad

Ross Reynolds talks with Joan Crooks, executive director of the Washington Environmental Council, about the progress made by the Puget Sound Partnership in restoring the health of Puget Sound.

Transportation
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Anything But Boring: Bertha Updates

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

Ross Reynolds gets an update from WSDOT Highway 99 Program Administrator Matt Preedy on how and when Bertha will move forward, and who is going to pay for it.

Civil Rights
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'The War On Poverty' Helped Shape Seattle Activism

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action.

Sports
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Football Fleeces The Fans

Gregg Easterbrook's book "King of Sports."

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds speak with sports writer Gregg Easterbrook, author of "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America," about how the NFL fleeces taxpayers.

Seattle Police
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Mayor Murray Appoints New Seattle Interim Police Chief

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.

Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW reporter Amy Radil about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's appointment of former assistant chief Harry Bailey as the new interim police chief to replace Jim Pugel.

Education
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

New Federal Classroom Discipline Guidelines

Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the federal government's new recommendations for classroom discipline.

News From Canada
10:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Another Crude Oil Freight Train Derails In Canada

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer regarding the latest news from Canada.

Labor & Unions
7:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Former SEIU President Andy Stern On Minimum Wage, Boeing

Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International union, about the move for a $15 minimum wage, the Boeing machinists approval of a Boeing contract, and how he views his dramatic move to take the SEIU out of the AFL-CIO looks nine years later.

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