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.


Democracy Movement
3:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Gary Locke On How The Hong Kong Protests Might Play Out

A scene from the Hong Kong protests on October 3.
Flickr Photo/Johnlsl (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Gary Locke about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Locke is a former Washington governor and former U.S. ambassador to China.

2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How Youth Unemployment Could Drag Down Our Future Economy

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Allison, policy and research manager for the Millennial advocacy group Young Invincibles, about youth employment in the United States.

Background Checks
3:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

591 Or 594? Former Cops Differ On Gun Control

Ross Reynolds talks with two former law enforcement officials on opposite sides of this fall's gun ballot measures. 

Don Pierce is a former Bellingham police chief and the former executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He supports 594, which calls for stricter background checks. 

William Burris is a retired detective and spokesman for the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. He supports Initiative 591, which would limit the restrictions the state can place on gun ownership.

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2:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pastor Frank Schaefer On Officiating Son's Gay Marriage In Methodist Church

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Ross Reynolds talks with Frank Schaefer, author of "Defrocked: How A Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church," about his decision to officiate his son's same-sex marriage and the ensuing case over his dismissal from position as pastor in the Methodist church.

Seattle History
2:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

After 50 Years, Friends Of The Pike Place Market Still Seem Like Revolutionaries

The iconic sign of the Pike Place Market.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jonathan Cohen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Pike Place Market by speaking with international market consultant David O'Neil. O'Neil says the Friends' efforts to save Pike Place Market turned the tide for public markets all over America.

Election 2014
2:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Oregon Votes On New Primary System

Ross Reynolds talks to Chris Lehman, reporter for the Northwest News Network and OPB, about Measure 90, which would change Oregon's primary system. Similar to Washington, the two candidates with the most votes would move forward to the general election, regardless of their party affiliate.  

3:51 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

PHOTOS: Seattle Nurse Trains Health Workers In Liberia

A mural in Liberia warns of Ebola.
Credit Courtesy Karin Huster

There is no shaking of hands in Liberia.

Instead, people elbow their hellos.

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2:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Is Class Size That Important In Education?

Credit Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Diane Schanzenbach, associate professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, about what research says about the efficacy of class size in education. 

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2:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

After Driscoll, What Will Become Of Mars Hill Church?

Mars Hill Church's downtown Seattle location.
Flickr Photo/Mars Hill Church (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington religion professor Jim Wellman about Mark Driscoll's resignation and what it could mean for the future of Mars Hill Church.

News From Canada
2:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

News From Canada: Ebola Preparedness, And Pirate Punjabi Radio

A sidewalk mosaic in Vancouver's famed Punjabi Market.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jeff Rosen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's Ebola preparedness, pirate Punjabi radio stations, and balloon bombs from World War II.

12:58 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Tampering Revealed, State Throws Out Seattle School’s Test Scores

When district officials noticed heavy erasure marks on tests from Beacon Hill International School, they became suspicious.
Credit Flickr Photo/Benjamin Chun

  When Beacon Hill International School in Seattle submitted its tests last spring, district officials spotted improbably high scores schoolwide.

Now, the state schools office has invalidated test results for the elementary school. This is the first time an entire school’s state test scores have been thrown out due to tampering.

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11:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Seattle Nurses, Hospital Housekeepers Feel Unprepared For Ebola

Swedish Medical Center housekeeper Carmencita Smith.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

If today is a typical day in the United States, about 200 hospital patients will die with an infection they picked up while they were in the hospital.

Only one patient in the United States has ever died of Ebola, and many deadly diseases spread much more easily than Ebola.

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3:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Works To Prep Health Officials For Ebola

Harborview Hospital in Seattle announced that it would take in Ebola patients.
Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Heather Stephen-Selby about nurses' preparedness for Ebola in Washington state. Stephen-Selby is the assistant executive director of practice, education and research for the Washington State Nurses Association. 

Also Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington's chief epidemiologist, explains how the state is preparing and what the state still needs to do.

3:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Ghost Guns: Homemade, Untraceable, And Perfectly Legal

Ross Reynolds talks with journalist Cyrus Farivar about untraceable, homemade guns. Farivar is senior business editor for the technology website Ars Technica.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

How Much Is Too Much Automation?

Credit Nicholas Carr's book "The Glass Cage"

Ross Reynolds talks to author Nicholas Carr about his new book "The Glass Cage: Automation And Us."