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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Community members gather at the site of the Oso landslide to remember victims and dedicate a mailbox sculpture in their honor.
Geoffrey Redick / KNKX

Oso, Washington — They gathered to remember their friends, their families, and the neighborhood that was once here.

Five years ago, a hillside gave way above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, killing 43, injuring more and changing the lives of thousands. It was the deadliest single landslide in U.S. history.

Wooden signs hang from a gate at the site of the Oso landslide, which devastated the community of Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Oso, Washington — People in the tight-knit community of Oso, Washington, knew when they drove past Steelhead Drive. There weren’t any street signs pointing to their neighbors’ idyllic corner of the Pacific Northwest. But there was the familiar row of mailboxes.

Jean Godden holds a copy of her book at the KNKX Seattle studios, on Jan. 5, 2019.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

Jean Godden has heard a lot of stories over the years.

Godden, now 87, was a columnist for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times, before serving three terms on the Seattle City Council.

A sign indicates a road closure on Queen Anne Avenue North, at the Galer Street intersection. A snow storm blanketed Western Washington on Monday, causing disruptions across the region.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

A winter storm blanketed Western Washington on Monday with several inches of snow, cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds. A lot of snow fell overnight, particularly from Seattle to Bellingham. And the snow continues to fall in parts of the region. Kirby Cook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, joined Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about the latest weather updates.

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau
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Jill Boudreau has been mayor of Mount Vernon since 2012. As KNKX Connects to the Skagit Valley, Boudreau takes KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco on a walk through the city’s downtown.

 Test baker Julia Berstein (right) works with a graduate student at the Bread Lab in Skagit County.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — When the Bread Lab was founded eight years ago, it was just that — a lab inside Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Research Center. 

Now, it lives in a gigantic building full of ovens and flour mills, where bundled wheat stalks adorn the walls. Food commentator Nancy Leson visited (and indulged her way through) the Bread Lab recently.

Advanced manufacturing is the top industry in Skagit Valley.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — With more than a million visitors flocking to Skagit Valley every year for the Tulip Festival, it’s easy to think agriculture is the county’s biggest industry. But John Sternlicht, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, says advanced manufacturing is king — at least in terms of money.

Skagit Valley is working to diversify its economy. All Things Considered host Ed Ronco talks about that and other stories ahead of our KNKX Connects broadcast.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — Today, All Things Considered broadcasts from Mount Vernon City Library for KNKX Connects to Skagit Valley. Host Ed Ronco talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick — live from Edgewater Park on the banks of the Skagit River — about some of the stories you’ll hear this afternoon 3-6 p.m.

Former designated hitter Edgar Martinez, right, greets former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. during a ceremony retiring his No. 11 before a baseball game in 2017. Martinez, who retired at the end of the 2004 season, will join Griffey as the second Hall of Famer
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

It took a decade to get there, but Edgar Martinez is headed to Cooperstown.

The legendary designated hitter beloved by Mariners fans was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, after receiving enough votes in his final year of contention. 

Microsoft President Brad Smith speaks Thursday during a news conference in Bellevue to announce a $500 million pledge by Microsoft to develop affordable housing for low- and middle-income workers in response to the Seattle's housing crisis.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Microsoft has pledged to contribute $500 million for affordable housing efforts in Seattle and the Eastside. King County Council member Claudia Balducci says this is a significant down payment on addressing the housing crisis. She talked with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco about the announcement.

A King County Medical Examiner van arrives at a crime scene in Seattle in this April 2016 file photo.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

When someone dies unexpectedly or unnaturally, a medical examiner is often called in to review what happened. A new report from King County shows how the information they gather is used to help public health.

After 5 years, KNKX bids adieu to Going Places

Dec 27, 2018

Dear listeners,

We have some news about Going Places. As we close out 2018, we’re also ending our travel segment as a weekly feature.

Leavenworth's holiday lights are a big draw for visitors. But the town retains its winter charm well past the holidays.
Craig Jager / Flickr/Creative Commons

We all have those people who are impossible to buy holiday gifts for.

“I’m in that situation right now,” said KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley. “I’m missing a couple key presents for a couple key people in my life – one of them being my wife.” (She knows.)

state capitol
The Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his proposed budget Thursday, calling for an additional $10 billion in state spending over the next two years. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins breaks down the plan, and state Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) reacted to it in an interview with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco.

An ambulance drives through the streets of Tokyo.
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Editor's note: This segment was originally broadcast on May 29, 2014.

Sometimes, people get sick while they're away from home. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley certainly has seen that in his decades leading group tours around the world. "I've been probably in 20 different hospitals in 20 different countries in the last 20 years," he said.

Ted S. Warren / AP file

Following eight months of meetings, a workgroup on the prevention of sexual harassment in the Washington state House is recommending the formation of an independent office where victims could report misconduct, among other reforms.

In an on-air chat with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins said the full set of recommendations is robust.

Ed Ronco / knkx

Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Jan. 19, 2017.

They say reading a book can take you far away. That’s usually a metaphor. But for many, books inspire literal travel, to follow in the footsteps of great authors or stories.

Grays Harbor has a long history of logging.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

GRAYS HARBOR, WASH.  —  As part of special coverage here last week, All Things Considered host Ed Ronco introduced listeners to a pair of local historical fixtures: the Polson Museum in Hoquiam and the Aberdeen Museum of History. The former focuses on the history of logging. The latter faces a long road to recovery after a devastating fire in June. 

Stefanie Ask gave her friend, KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, a tour of her childhood neighborhood in Hoquiam. While they were there, they also attended the city's annual Loggers Playday festival.
David Dodman

HOQUIAM, WASH. — Stefanie Ask says it's natural to make jokes about where you grew up. But when someone else does it, protective feelings bubble to the surface. "You feel this swelling of rage and sort of pride for this place," she told All Things Considered host Ed Ronco.

Montesano Mayor Vini Samuel
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

GRAYS HARBOR, WASH. — People might not think of Grays Harbor County first as a bastion of progress. But take a closer look at the area's leaders and you might get a different picture. 

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, WASHINTON — Aberdeen and Hoquiam high schools have been rivals on the football field since 1906. Hoquiam won this year’s game, back in September, 28-7. The Grizzlies had an undefeated regular season, with the first loss coming in a playoff game on Nov. 17. But that’s not the only rivalry that plays out every fall.

At the Port of Grays Harbor, Pasha Automotive Services exports thousands of vehicles to foreign markets along the Pacific Rim.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

ABERDEEN, WASHINGON — If you look at Aberdeen on the satellite view offered by Google Maps, one thing jumps out. From high above, it looks like a quilt with little tiny squares of color, neatly arranged over a huge area. Zoom in and it becomes clearer. The squares are cars. Acres and acres of cars.

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Thanksgiving kicks off a holiday travel season that's famously busy and stressful for many. Travelers can face long lines at airports, winter weather delays, difficult drives, and so much more.

So it's become something of a tradition on our weekly travel segment, "Going Places," to reflect on those who make the experience a little easier.

Matthew Brumley / KNKX

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is in Hawaii this week, exploring the Big Island and learning about its history. 

Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Feb. 5, 2015.

Travelers from the United States spend a lot of time abroad, mostly in Europe. Far fewer head to South America. KNKX  travel expert Matthew Brumley has five things everyone should see and do in two South American countries: Chile and Argentina.

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Editor's note: This segment originally aired Dec. 10, 2015.

The fall and winter are famously gray and drizzly in western Washington. In fact, we’re already seeing some of that weather. And that causes many of us to look for a temporary reprieve.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says how far you travel to find it depends entirely on what you’re looking for.

Ben Anderstone



Elections are a measure of public opinion. And in part, the opinions of the people who make up the electorate are influenced by their background.


Political scientists and campaign consultants can use factors like a person’s age, race, educational attainment and income level to predict how that person will vote. But demographics can be fallible. Particular people often buck their demographic trends.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley had a busy summer. He was in Switzerland, England, Croatia and Solvenia, just to name a few places. And everywhere he went, it seemed the crowds were bigger than he's seen, even with 30 years experience as a travel guide.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

Winter isn't too far away, and KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is thinking about where he's going over the next few months.

That includes both holiday travel, trips he plans to take in early 2019. Brumley has one clear message for people planning some travel between now and the spring: Book now.

Ed Ronco

Inside the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, the crowd had questions: Will there be jobs? What will the housing look like? Can I still get down to the beach? What about traffic in the area?

The redevelopment of Bellingham’s waterfront brings a lot of unknowns. What is clear, though, is that change is happening at the foot of the city’s downtown, where heavy industry once sat for more than a century.