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 June 12, 2014

To Enjoy A Place, 'Take Your Nose Out Of The Guide Book'

Yes, you should see the big sights. But pausing just to look at the everyday things nearby — like this evening gathering near a river in Kyoto, Japan — can add a lot to your sense of a new place.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Here’s how not to do it: 8 a.m.: breakfast, 9 a.m.: Eiffel Tower, 10 a.m.: Arc de Triomphe, 12 p.m.: lunch in nearby café, 12:30 p.m.: Louvre, 3 p.m.: Notre Dame, and so on.

That's too much, too fast, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

“We approach everything with our giant list, and we feel we’ve had a successful day if we’ve checked everything off,” he said. “We become trophy hunters.”

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Living Legends
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lily Tomlin Finds A Parking Place, And Other Comedic Insights

Lily Tomlin is touring her one-woman show and set to appear in a new Netflix series in 2015, with Jane Fonda.
Luis Sinco

Lily Tomlin calls for our interview just before lunchtime.

She's on the road, driving through Beverly Hills. I ask her to park before we start in on the questions, because I don't want to be the guy who distracted Lily Tomlin while she was behind the wheel.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

When In Rome: The Value Of Blending In On Vacation

The Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is at the focal point of the Piazza di Santa Maria. A good place to see Rome as the Romans do, says Matthew Brumley.
Zione Flickr

Yes, it might be a cliché by now: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." But the old proverb is true, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. When visiting the Italian capital, the best way to experience it is to blend in.

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Messy Commute
12:34 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose

Traffic was backed up for more than 11 miles on Thursday morning.
Washington state DOT

If you tried to make it into downtown Seattle during rush hour this morning, you have our sympathy. Just before 6 a.m., a metal plate popped out of an expansion joint along southbound I-5 just south of I-90. Three lanes of the freeway were closed and the resulting backup, at its peak, stretched more than 11 miles. 

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Going Places
5:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

How To Prepare For A Hospital Stay Abroad — Just In Case

Nobody plans to ride in a Tokyo ambulance. But you can be prepared, should the need arise.
youkaine Flickr

Mandy Evans was just two days into her three-week vacation in the United Kingdom when it happened: searing pain in her abdomen at 10 o’clock on a Saturday night.

She stuck it out as long as she could, but by 5 a.m., the front desk of her hotel put her in a cab to St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London. She was diagnosed with a gallbladder infection, and admitted to a ninth floor room.

“On the plus side, I ended up with views of Parliament and the London Eye (ferris wheel),” Evans said.

It was an inauspicious start to a long-planned holiday, and it’s an experience shared by countless travelers around the globe.

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Maya Angelou
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: Her 2011 KPLU Interview

Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on April 5. Angelou died May 28, at age 86.
Paul Morigi AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" broke new ground with its descriptions of overcoming racism and trauma in the South. Throughout her life, Angelou was celebrated for her words. She shared a few of those words with KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp, in a 2011 interview we're reposting here:

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

As Berlin Faces Its Difficult History Head-On, 'Hard Not To Be Stunned' As A Visitor

You'll need to arrange your visit in advance if you want to go inside the Reichstag.
Matthias Leibing Flickr

Germany's capital city of Berlin is one of the most international cities in Europe.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Former Yugoslavia Is A 'Painfully Gorgeous' Vacation Spot

Lake Bled, in Solvenia's Julian Alps, is a beautiful stop on your trip.
Lemsipmatt Flickr

Bring up the former Yugoslavia in conversation, and most people won’t picture sunshine, beautiful seaside towns and great food. But KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says that’s exactly what you’ll find.

“The Adriatic (Sea) and the rocky coastline that goes from the top, by Trieste, all the way south to Dubrovnik, is so breathtaking it’s painfully gorgeous,” Brumley said.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

5 Reasons To Consider A Vacation In B.C.

The Cape Mudge lighthouse guards the entrance to Discovery Channel on Quadra Island, British Columbia.
David Stanley flickr

We could probably write a whole book on things to see and do in British Columbia. And many have. But KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says the reasons you should consider a trip to B.C. can be boiled down to five points:

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White House Dinner
9:20 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Seahawks' Sherman Attends White House Dinner, Gets Shoutout From President

NFL football player Richard Sherman attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washingto
Evan Agostini Invision/AP Photo

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was among the attendees at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner over the weekend.

The annual event features members of the Washington press corps, Hollywood celebrities and President Barack Obama, who delivers a roast.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Avoiding The Beaten Path In Italy

Positano, on the Amalfi coast, offers beaches and small village life you won't find in crowded Rome, Florence and Venice.
Tano Pecoraro AP

Italy is crowded these days, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

"From May through early October, it can be packed," he said. "Especially in those cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence."

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Public Safety
12:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

With Warm Weather, A Warning About Cold Water

The onset of warm weather in Seattle means more people will be out on the water.
Brianna Flickr

Warmer temperatures this week mean more people will be out having fun on the water. Authorities say it’s a good time to remember that while the sun might be warm, the water is cold. 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

What Your Phone Does On Vacation While You’re Not Looking Can Cost You

If your phone roams for data on a trip outside the United States, it could cost you big.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Imagine getting a $700 phone bill. It happened once to KPLU travel expert and tour guide Matthew Brumley.

“I was stuck in Capetown in a cable car, heading up to Table Mountain. And I had some things I needed to get done, and I had to call the office back in the United States,” he said.

What Brumley didn’t realize is that even though he wasn’t actively using his phone, it was still sending and receiving data.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Going On A Cruise? Try The Smaller Boats

The Lindblad Expeditions ships National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird operate in Baja and Southeast Alaska. They offer a more intimate, hands-on cruise experience than the big mainline companies.
Michael S. Nolan www.wildlifeimages.net

If you want to kick back and relax without thinking too hard about your itinerary, your destinations or dinner, your best bet is a cruise aboard one of the big mainline cruise ships, no question. They all offer reasonably priced, all-inclusive getaways aboard a giant floating resort.

But if your style is to get active, get educated or get away from the crowds, then you might want to consider a smaller cruise line, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. 

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Voter Registration
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ahead Of Special Elections, In-Person Registration For New Voters Ends Today

Special elections are set for April 22. You have until today to register in-person to vote.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Time is running out for new voters who want to register in time for special elections on April 22. In-person registration will be accepted until the end of the day today. 

Among the biggest contests is a King County question about raising vehicle registration fees to fund bus service. If the measure doesn't pass, King County Metro will face cuts.

County officials expect about 38 percent of voters will return their ballots. 

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