Ross Reynolds

Executive Producer of Community Engagement


Ross is executive producer for Community Engagement. His projects include the person to person conversation event ‘Ask A…’ and That’s Debatable: Amazon is Good for Seattle.

Prior to his current job Ross hosted The Record (2014-2015) and The Conversation, KUOW’s award winning daily news talk program (2000 – 2014).

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.

He led KUOW’s coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, which won a National Headliner First Place Award for Coverage of a Live Event.

Along the way, Ross hosted KUOW’s daily magazine program Seattle Afternoon (1980 – 1985); the award winning regional radio 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.

In 1991, Ross went on a journalism exchange to Tonga in Oceania where he interviewed the king. In May 2003, he was a Jefferson Fellow from the East/West Center traveling to Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.

In 2011 Ross graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters 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 D.C. bureau.

Ross has a cameo role in the documentary film "Manufacturing Consent," an intellectual biography of Noam Chomsky.

He is an honorary SeaFair Pirate. His pirate name is Rotten Ross. 

To see more of Ross' past KUOW work, visit our archive site.


  • Even With Universal Health Care, The Poor Suffer

    The United Kingdom already has a universal health care system. So you might expect that the health gap between rich and poor is smaller in England than it is the United States — but you’d be wrong! Melissa Martinson is a professor in the  School of Social Work at the University of Washington and she talks with Ross Reynolds about the differences in health between citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. 

  • Alex Alben On How Digital Technology Rewrote Our Future

    Former RealNetworks executive Alex Alben says digital technology is leading to more connection and more alienation.  Alben talks to Ross Reynolds about what the rise of digital technology means for the future of America. 

  • Are Washington Voters At Risk Of Being Hacked?

    The New York Times says Washington state’s online voter registration system is not secure. Ross Reynolds talks with Washington's assistant secretary of state, Steve Excell. 

  • Anote Tong, President Of Kiribati, Considers The Options For A Drowning Nation

    The South Pacific island nation of Kiribati (pronounced Kir-uh-bahs) is comprised of 32 atolls and a raised coral island. It is the only nation in all four hemispheres of the Earth. But the future of the 100,000 residents is uncertain because of fears that global climate change will raise the ocean levels, making Kiribati, which is only 6 feet above sea level, uninhabitable by the 2050s.“We are looking forward to quite unpleasant stories for us, it doesn’t matter what levels of emissions are agreed to by the international community” says Kiribati President Anote Tong. “The momentum of what has already been emitted into the atmosphere will ensure that the level of sea level rise will continue to affect us very, very adversely in the future.”  President Tong recently joined the board of Seattle-based Conservation International and he was in Seattle in early October 2012 for a board meeting. I met with him in a private dining room at the Four Seasons hotel where we spoke of the implications and possible solutions to his country’s dilemma:Build up some of the islands of Kiribati to stay above the rising ocean or create floating islands. The nation has not yet begun engineering studies to get an estimate of the cost of raising the islands. Japanese researchers have begun to look at creating floating islands for Kiribati. But President Tong says that even if the engineering studies show raising or floating the islands would work, and even if Kiribati did get the foreign aid necessary for such huge undertakings, it’s unlikely there will be enough acreage for all the people of Kiribati.Relocate the population. President Tong has begun to research moving all the people of Kiribati to other nations. “That is the reality of the situation. We cannot deny this, because up until now, there have not been other options put before us — we have to relocate them.” President Tong says it will be a gradual process that can take place while maintaining citizens' dignity. “One of the categories I’ve tried to reject is that we would be climate refugees.”If they leave will they still be citizens of Kiribati?“I suspect that decision will not be mine,” says President Tong.  “I’m only in office for the next three years. I think it is important that people maintain that link and that the law of Kiribati allow people to maintain that link. I would like to see opportunity for people say, I live here, say in Seattle, and  have the opportunity to move back to Kiribati if and when they choose.”