Ed Ronco | KNKX

Ed Ronco

All Things Considered Host

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.

Ed grew up in Wyandotte, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

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The new International Arrivals Facility at Sea-Tac Airport will have seven baggage claims, instead of four in the current space. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer lots of natural light.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

When you arrive on an international flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you end up at the S-gates and are shepherded into customs – a windowless area in this nearly 50-year-old building, under low ceilings and fluorescent lights.

A $968 million renovation will add a new International Arrivals Facility to the airport, which sees 51.8 million passengers a year.

And airport officials hope the new facility will offer a completely opposite experience than what travelers encounter today.

An Alaska Airlines jet taxis beneath an enormous pedestrian bridge, still under construction at Sea-Tac Airport. It will link the south satellite with the new International Arrivals Facility.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

Lance Lyttle’s office offers a view across most of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He’s the managing director for the aviation division for the Port of Seattle. In short, he manages the airport. And from his corner windows you can see planes taking off and landing, and taxiing around the airfield.

But these jets are tiny in comparison to a new bridge that connects the airport’s South Satellite to a new International Arrivals Facility, where passengers will retrieve luggage and go through customs.

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum.
Andrew Selsky / KNKX

Republican lawmakers in Oregon’s capital have walked off the job, to protest a controversial cap-and-trade bill aimed at addressing greenhouse gas emissions.

And this isn’t the first time.

Adrian Florez / KNKX

In British Columbia now, the company TC Energy is building a liquefied natural gas pipeline across the northern part of the province. The Coastal GasLink project is highly controversial, in large part because it crosses the reserve and traditional lands of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

Demonstrations in Victoria and Vancouver are among many across Canada that have brought parts of daily life to a halt at times — from rail lines, to the B.C. Legislature, to the centers of busy downtowns. To help us sort through what's going on, KNKX's Craig McCulloch — based in Vancouver, B.C. — talked with KNKX’s Ed Ronco.

Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray
Cliff Owen / AP File Photo

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray spoke to KNKX about a variety of topics during an interview at her Tacoma office. She’s represented Washington state in the Senate since 1993. We asked her about Boeing, the aftermath of impeachment, the White House spending priorities, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the influence of money on politics.

State Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Parkland, poses with then-4th-grade students at Elmhurst Elementary, last school year. They and teacher Amy Cole, at right, are hoping to get the Suciasaurus named Washington's official state dinosaur.
Courtesy of Amy Cole / Elmhurst Elementary School

Athena Tauscher is on a quest.

The fifth-grader, and many of her classmates at Elmhurst Elementary School in the Franklin Pierce School District, would very much like it if state lawmakers passed a particular bill this session. The subject? A dinosaur.

Four guys walk into a bar, and what happens next is definitely not a joke.

It started when my partner David and I went out with another couple. We saw a show and, afterward, went for a nightcap at a nearby establishment. We're not naming it here because it's not important where this happened, just that it happened.

Kristin Haakenson / Jubilee Farm

Pacing behind his cow barn, David Haakenson looks out over the farm where his family has lived since 1989.

Today, it’s surrounded by water from the Snoqualmie River.

“It’s all frothy and logs are going down, and we’ve got water all around,” he said. “I’ve got all my tractors and trucks and vehicles, and all the animals, up here on this raised-dirt mound, and my house is a stone’s throw away, and I’ve got my row boat in the driveway.”

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Time was, being called “nerd” was a bad thing.

That is happily different now, says Sarah Jane, gallery and program director at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, which is home to the exhibit “Obsessed: The Art of Nerd-dom” through March 15. Admission is free.

Ashleigh Bishop, 19, a quartermaster from Lynchburg, Virginia, who joined the Navy a year ago, waves a flag at the forward edge of the flight deck to alert a refueling ship of the bow’s position. “Every job on this ship is important," she said.
Josh Farley / Kitsap Sun

When the USS Nimitz was commissioned in 1975, the crew did not yet know what the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would see. In the years since, it's been adjacent to some of the world's tensest moments.

KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco talks with House Speaker Laurie Jinkins during a live conversation at the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13 in Olympia.
Tom Collins

Hours after she was sworn in on a historic first day of the 2020 legislative session Jan. 13, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, talked live with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. It was part of our special KNKX Connects to Olympia broadcast in the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13. They discussed legislative priorities, including gun-control bills, what her swearing in means for representation in state government — and some pretty neat bipartisan socks.  

KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco talks with Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib during a live conversation at the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13 in Olympia.
Tom Collins

As part of our KNKX Connects to Olympia broadcast at the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib talked live with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. They discussed the tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Washington’s role in global trade and challenges facing Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration.

Rep. My-Linh Thai, D-Bellevue, talks to KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco ahead of a live conversation in the Temple of Justice in Olympia on Jan. 13.
Tom Collins

Rep. My-Linh Thai moved to the U.S. when she was 15, as a refugee from Vietnam. Now, she’s a Democratic representative for the 41st District, which includes Bellevue and Mercer Island. She talked live with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, during our KNKX Connects to Olympia broadcast on Jan. 13, about the changing face of the Legislature, among other issues.

KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox at the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13 in Olympia.
Tom Collins

As part of our KNKX Connects to Olympia broadcast at the Temple of Justice on Jan. 13, Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, talked live with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. The House minority leader discussed Republican priorities in the Legislature — including Initiative 976 — and homelessness, among other issues.

Adrian Florez / KNKX


As part of our conversations for KNKX Connects to Olympia, we’ve heard lawmakers talk about homelessness as a priority for this 60-day session. It’s a growing issue in many parts of our state, not just cities. But it is perhaps most visible there.

A tree is gradually sliding into the water at Priest Point Park in Olympia. This beach is a favorite of "Welcome to Olympia" podcast host Rob Smith, who showed KNKX his favorite places in town.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

Olympia is home to about 52,000 people, and it’s growing. Rob Smith is one of the new arrivals. He came here about six years ago, and was so taken with the city that he started a podcast about it.

“Welcome to Olympia” explores not just the sights in Washington’s capital city, but also the stories. As we explored stories from Olympia for our KNKX Connects reporting project, we wanted to journey beyond the Capitol Campus. Smith showed us some of his favorite places.


New Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Debra Stephens speaks from the bench after she was sworn in, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Stephens replaced former Justice Mary Fairhurst as Chief Justice, who retired in January as she battles cancer.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Debra Stephens became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Washington — the state’s highest court — on Jan. 6. She’s been on the court since 2008, and is currently the only sitting justice from Eastern Washington.

We visited Chief Justice Stephens to talk about the law, being chief justice, and more. We aired this conversation during a special broadcast on Jan. 13, 2020, from the Temple of Justice, as part of our KNKX Connects reporting project.

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins holds up a cassette tape containing one of his first stories on the beat, from 2004.
Ed Ronco / KNKX


Never walk across the state Capitol Campus with Austin Jenkins if you’re in a hurry.

Fortunately, we are not in a hurry as Jenkins shows us around today, which is good, because he stops every so often to chat with someone he knows: a staffer at the front desk of the Capitol visitors’ office, a lawmaker making his way across the rotunda to a meeting, an acquaintance whose son was on the same basketball team as his.

The truth is, Jenkins gets around this place with plenty of speed — he says he can get from his office to the rotunda in under three minutes — and knows the Capitol Campus inside and out.

Newsstand owner Lee Lauckhart stands inside the business he's owned for 40 years at Pike Place Market. He's closing at the end of 2019.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

This is not the first story written about the newsstand at Pike Place Market, especially in the last few weeks. But it could very well be one of the last.

On Dec. 31, the newsstand at bustling Pike Street and First Avenue for 40 years will close for good. And on a recent Monday morning, nearly everyone who drops by says they regret that news.

“I’m sorry you’re closing,” says a woman carrying a freshly bought centerpiece from another stall.

“This is part of the character of the market,” says another passerby.

Soo Ing-Moody, who became mayor of Twisp in 2010, stands in front of blackened trees in Methow Valley.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

Author's note: One of the best parts of this job is the opportunity to learn new things from smart people. In June, producer Geoffrey Redick and I traveled to Twisp, in the Methow Valley. That’s where we met Mayor Soo Ing-Moody. Her town dealt with large wildfires in 2014 and again in 2015, when three firefighters died. We were looking to Twisp for some lessons learned, for a program we did exploring wildfire danger here in Western Washington. Ing-Moody took us to an overlook along a highway where we talked about how the landscape changed after the fires, the difference between fear and preparation, and how tragedy changes a community and its people. (This story originally aired July 9.)

Rep. Matt Shea
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

A Washington state lawmaker took part in "domestic terrorism" against the United States during a 2016 standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon and traveled throughout the West meeting with far-right extremist groups, according to an investigative report released Thursday. Crosscut legislative reporter Melissa Santos has been following this story. She talks with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. 

Laura Calkins stands in front of the dump truck she decorated with 50,000 lights, for Quigg Brothers Construction in Aberdeen. The truck was among the entries in the parade at the Montesano Festival of Lights.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

For four days this past week, Laura Calkins was up before the dawn, into the shop at Quigg Brothers Construction in Aberdeen, and hard at work putting more than 50,000 Christmas lights on a dump truck.

Or, “only” 50,000, as Calkins is quick to point out. She’s gone as high as 250,000 lights before.

The painstaking work was in preparation for the Montesano Festival of Lights. The annual three-day festival has been taking place in the Grays Harbor County seat for more than 30 years.

Tanesha Ross sings during a rehearsal of "Cabaret," along with cast members Azaria Johnson, Natalie Thompson and Alie Orme.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Just before “Cabaret” begins, actor Casey DeCaire, in character as the M.C., walks out on the stage and barks at the audience.

“Before we start, turn off your cell phones!” he shouts in a German accent. “Ja! And anything that buzzes. We have many beautiful actors on the stage. We will not touch you, so please do not touch us.”

Gov. Jay Inslee hands Washington head coach Chris Petersen the Apple Cup on Friday. Petersen unexpectedly announced Monday that he's stepping down.
Stephen Brashear / The Associated Press

 Editor's note: The story below was written by Associated Press reporter Tim Booth.  

SEATTLE (AP) — University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen has unexpectedly stepped down after six seasons at the school, with defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake promoted to over the program.

Ruth Fremson / Viking

In Timothy Egan’s new book, “A Pilgrimage to Eternity,” the Seattle author walks the Via Francigena, a nearly 1,100-mile pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome – the seat of the Church of England, to the epicenter of Roman Catholicism.

Lewis County Historical Museum

On Nov. 11, 1919, the United States was marking its first-ever Armistice Day. World War I had come to a close just a year earlier.

In Centralia, a parade for the occasion turned violent. The American Legion and the Industrial Workers of the World – union members known as “Wobblies” – engaged in violence that ultimately left six people dead, and many more wounded and injured.

This weekend, events throughout the city will commemorate what some people call “The Centralia Tragedy,” and others call “The Centralia Massacre.”

A sailor walks in front of a hanger bay door on the USS John C. Stennis Navy aircraft carrier, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, as it moves from Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Two Navy warships will be in Seattle soon, undergoing an overhaul in drydock at Vigor Industries.

The work is being done there instead of at the massive Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Kitsap Sun’s Josh Farley says the Navy is growing its fleet, and that means it needs more capacity for maintenance of its vessels. Farley told KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco that things are busy in Bremerton.

Adrian Florez / KNKX

Flood waters were receding across parts of our region Tuesdsay, after heavy overnight rains blocked roads caused problems along numerous rivers, including the Stillaguamish in Snohomish County. KNKX’s Ed Ronco checked in with Spencer and Karen Fuentes, owners of Hazel Blue Acres farm in Silvana. Listen to their full conversation.

Paula Wissel / KNKX

Educators in Washington state — and around the world — are spending time this week talking about media literacy. It’s part of a special week designed to boost students’ understanding of how different forms of media function.