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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Education & Race
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem

Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard about his concerns for the lack of diversity at Western and other schools across the country.

In a recent convocation speech, Shepard sparked a debate over his statement: "If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university."

Pot Retail
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away

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Ross Reynolds talks with Dominic Corva, executive director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, about the implications for pot bans and moratoriums in Washington state.

Seattle 2035
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard

Downtown Ballard.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sean Oliver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, Seattle 2035.

City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit.

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Restaurant Inspection
3:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Meet The Woman Pushing To Make Restaurant Food Safer In King County

The New York City Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of restaurants at least once a year. Each violation of a regulation earns a certain number of points.
Credit Flickr Photo/La Piazza Pizzeria (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews Sarah Schacht, who has survived two bouts of E.coli, about her grassroots effort to make restaurant inspection results more public in King County.  

Aerospace
2:04 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Why Boeing Is Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Everett

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about Boeing moving engineering jobs out of Everett and Washington state.

Catholic Church
1:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

An Ex-Seminarian's Take On Sexual Abuse Scandal

Credit Fred Moody's book, "Unspeakable Joy."

Ross Reynolds interviews local author Fred Moody about his account of discovering his seminary's sexual abuse past in his book, "Unspeakable Joy."

This interview originally aired on November 18, 2013.

Documentary
3:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History'

Greenwood School student, Pasha, reciting the Gettysburg Address in Ken Burns' latest documentary.
Credit PBS/Ken Burns

Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "The Address."

The film captures the story of a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Business
3:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Would You Accept Money To Quit Your Job?

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Ross Reynolds talks with behavioral economist Uri Gneezy about company incentives and why Amazon is implementing the "Pay to Quit" program.

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Income Inequality
3:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Political Chess Game Of The $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with 15 Now Campaign Manager Jess Spear about its proposed Seattle city charter amendment to change the minimum wage to $15.

Then, Marcie Sillman checks in with political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News about the politics behind the $15 minimum wage movement and what we can expect looking forward.

Military Veterans
3:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Lack Of Accountability:' An Investigation Into Wrongful Deaths At VA Hospitals

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Ross Reynolds talks with journalist Aaron Glantz about preventable deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals. Glantz covers veterans and military issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
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It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Education Reform
3:29 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Common Core State Standards Explained

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Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the new changes to learning standards in Washington state public schools.

Psychology
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True?

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Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction.

Computer Security
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer

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Ross Reynolds talks with Teresa Seyfried, program operations manager at the UW Surplus Store, about how to properly wipe data off of your computer before reselling or donating it.

Income Inequality
3:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Listeners Weigh In On $15 Minimum Wage Debate

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Steve Scher and Ross Reynolds talk with guests and listeners about raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.

Guests include Gea Bassett, owner of Green Cleaning Seattle Eco-Maid Services, and Matt Galvin, co-owner of Pagliacci Pizza.

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