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.

Ways To Connect

Rainbow chard is the star of this stir fry.
Courtesy of Hsiao-Ching Chou

Ross Reynolds finds out what’s fresh at the South Lake Union branch of the Pike Place Market with Hsiao-Ching Chou, cooking coach and former food editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

Fireworks over Lake Union on July 4, 2014.
Flickr Photo/Scooter Lowrimore (CC BY 2.0)

When the rocket’s red glare of the Seafair Fourth of July fireworks go off Saturday night, the show will be the creation of Heather Gobet.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Peter Nicolas, professor of law at the University of Washington, about what the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage means for gay couples in Washington. Nicolas also looks at how the ruling might be challenged in states where gay marriage is banned.

E-cigarette. Photo credit: "Disposable e-cigarette," by Lindsay Fox on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Flickr Photo/Lindsay Fox (CC BY 2.0)

Ross Reynolds talks with Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield about a unique lobbying technique the e-cigarette industry is trying out.

David Whitmer from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife pumps rainbow trout into Seattle’s Green Lake on Friday, June 19, to the delight of a crowd of anglers and passersby.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Watched by an eager crowd, two trucks backed carefully toward Green Lake, their tanks awash in black water and something more. It’s time to plant trout.

It might not seem sporting, but the large rainbows that were pumped into Green Lake last Friday provide some city dwellers their only chance to fish – and it’s practically in their own back yards, said David Whitmer of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He and co-worker Scott Meechan had just driven their tanker trucks down from the state hatchery in Arlington.

Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington emeritus professor Roger Roffman about moves in the state legislature to redirect marijuana tax revenue away from education to balance the budget. Roffman explains what he thinks the impact will be on public health.

The production line at a Boeing facility.
Courtesy/Boeing Company

Ross Reynolds talks to Jon Ostrower, aerospace reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about the challenges facing Boeing's new CEO, Dennis Muilenburg. 

Washington State University president Elson Floyd at a fund-raising campaign kick-off for the school Dec. 2, 2010, in Seattle. Floyd served as WSU president until his death on June 20, 2015.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Ross Reynolds speaks with Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University and a friend of Elson Floyd, about the late university president's legacy. 

Summer time is berry time at the farmers market.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds and Seattle Times food writer Rebekah Denn visit the Phinney Ridge farmers market and discover a bounty of berries.

Columbia Center Tower in downtown Seattle.
Flickr Photo/David Schott

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about the upside to Chinese investment in Seattle's real estate market.

Computer scientist and author Ramez Naam
Courtesy of Ramez Naam

Ross Reynolds interviews Seattle computer scientist and science fiction writer Ramez Naam about the latest technology in human enhancement.  Naam is the author of the 2010 book, “More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement."

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia corespondent Austin Jenkins about the upcoming "do or die week" for state lawmakers to finish the budget. 

University of Washington

Ross Reynolds speaks with Crystal Eney, Director of Student Services at the University of Washington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, about how their department achieved a rate of female enrollment that's nearly double the national average. They have been recognized for their achievements with an award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

King County Heroin Deaths Up 58 Percent In 2014

Jun 18, 2015
Found in Seattle's Belltown area in 2008.
Flickr photo/Elan Ruskin (CC BY-NC 2.0)

A spike in deaths from heroin use in King County has alarmed health experts and prompted warnings that the trend will continue unless efforts to treat addiction are ramped up.

The report on drug trends from the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute says 156 people died with heroin in their systems in 2014, a 58 percent increase over the year before.

Playground and wading pool at Woodland Park, circa 1915.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jesus Aguirre, the new superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, about why his background in education matters and about his vision for how Seattleites of the future will play.

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