Ed Ronco

Morning Edition Producer

Ed Ronco came to KPLU in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KPLU’s Morning Edition. He’s been reporting news since he was 18, but 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. Since moving to Seattle, Ed says he’s learned patience from area freeways, moderation from area Thai restaurants, and discipline from his alarm clock, which wakes him up each day at 3 a.m.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Nearby Destinations For Winter Escapes, Whether You Ski Or Not

There are plenty of areas to ski within driving distance of Seattle or, if you have the time, within train distance.
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With autumn in full swing, it’s already time to start planning winter getaways. Here are a few options from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley:

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Seattle Voters To Decide On Monorail Plans — Again

Passengers ride the privately owned Seattle Monorail as it speeds along its elevated track on Monday morning. A ballot question asks city voters to fund a study for a larger, public system connecting West Seattle and Ballard.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Seattle voters have a monorail proposal on their ballots this year. The city's last public monorail effort died in 2005. Now, supporters hope to revive the idea.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tips On Staying Healthy While You Travel

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Teresa Crawford AP Photo

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the cases that have popped up elsewhere on the planet have put new scrutiny on travel. Health officials have been quick to assure the public that catching the disease on a plane or at an airport is unlikely. But staying healthy while traveling is a major concern for many people, even before the outbreak.

An important note before we keep going: We are not medical experts. And we’re not going to address Ebola specifically. For information on that, look to the resources linked at the end of this article.

What we can tell you is what KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley does to stay healthy while he travels.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Head To Provence For Food, Wine And A Bit Of Ancient Rome

The Pont d'Avignon, at Avignon, France.
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The south of France is a vacation destination for Europeans as well as those coming from outside. That’s in large part because of its sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. Our travel advice this week comes from Danna Brumley, wife of KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. She’s the Francophile in the family, having lived and studied in France in her early adulthood.

“I studied the language. I worked at EuroDisney. I did everything I could to stay in the country,” she said.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travelers Find Art, Architecture And Autonomy In Barcelona

The architect died in 1926, but the Sagrada Familia, a soaring church in Barcelona, still isn't finished.
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The Spanish city of Barcelona sits on the Mediterranean coast, just a couple hours’ drive from the French border. More than 1.6 million people call it home, and it’s the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous region that, lately, has been pushing for independence from Spain.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it’s also worth your time as a vacation destination.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

What If Your Travel Plans Go Awry? Know Your Rights Before You Head Out

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J Pat Carter AP Photo

Most of us can neither fix nor fly airplanes. So when a flight is delayed or canceled, there's very little most passengers can do about it.

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Seattle
1:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Listen: Peter Sagal Explains Difference Between Seattle Runners And Chicago Runners

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Eric Frommer Flickr

You know him best as the host of the popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!", but Peter Sagal is also an avid runner. 

And he says the difference between running in Seattle and running in Chicago comes down to one thing: smugness. Here's how he explains it: 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Don't Panic If You Lose Your Credit Card While Traveling

FILE - In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 tourists gather in front of the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Alessandra Tarantino AP Photo

Credit cards are essential travel tools for many. But they’re also targets for thieves and also easy to lose. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says the most important thing is not to panic. 

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News Jokes
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Talks Comedy, News And What It's Like To Run In Seattle

"Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" host Peter Sagal
Alain McLaughlin for NPR

The popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Thursday. On the weekly game show, a panel of comedians and writers crack wise about the news. The show also features celebrity guests taking the  quiz — everyone from actors and comedians to Supreme Court justices. (This week, it's travel expert Rick Steves.) KPLU spoke with "Wait Wait..." host Peter Sagal about the news, comedy and even a famous incident involving that animated paperclip from Microsoft.

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Seahawks' Roots
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Burke Museum: Here's The Mask That Likely Inspired The Seattle Seahawks' Logo

Courtesy of the Burke Museum

Just where did the Seattle Seahawks’ logo come from?

Amid the fever pitch of last year’s Super Bowl run, one of the art history classes at the University of Washington got curious.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Because Good Travel Agents Don't Hang Up When You Ask Questions

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Nick Kenrick Flickr

A fax arrived at KPLU not too long ago, claiming to be from the “HR Department.” Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

How Many Of These 50 Must-See Cities Have You Seen?

Climbers ascend Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005.
Nathan Nelson Flickr

Have you been to New York? How about Lalibela, Ethiopia? Or Siem Reap, Cambodia? Those are three of the cities on a list titled “50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:51 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Mass: Cooler Weekend Ahead, But Don't Give Up On Summer Just Yet

"Dear Summer 2014...Don't leave us!"
Tim Durkan

It won't be long now. 

Fall is just around the corner, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, and that means the holiday weekend won't be all sun. 

"We'll see a different weekend than we've been used to in the past," he said. "Temperatures are going to drop way back. No more 80s."

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bah! Humbug: Plan Now If You Want To Escape The Holiday Bustle

If you want to travel for the holidays, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says you'd better book soon.
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The holidays are still a ways off, but if you’re thinking of heading out of town for Christmas — and not to a relative’s house — now is the time to plan.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent about 10 holiday seasons outside the country. This year, he’s taking his family to Costa Rica, and they plan to exchange inexpensive gifts from the local crafts market.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Farm Stays And Urban Adventures In New Zealand

A woman views the Mueller Glacier in New Zealand's Mount Cook National Park in this undated photo.
AP Photo/Tourism New Zealand

It could be argued that New Zealand bears at least a mild resemblance to the Pacific Northwest. It’s got rugged terrain, lush vegetation and, of course, plenty of water nearby. But that’s where the similarities end.

“When it’s dark and cold, and gray and depressing here, it’s absolutely stunning and sunny there,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

Its placement in the southern hemisphere makes Seattle’s winter the perfect opportunity to enjoy a New Zealand summer.

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