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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Independence Day
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How

Fireworks will take place after dark on July 4th in Seattle, Tacoma, and many area communities.
Michael B. Flickr

In honor of American independence, we’ve taken the liberty (sorry) of putting together this list of things to do this Fourth of July. The list is, by no means, comprehensive. If you know of a celebration we missed, please let us know in the comment section below.

Seattle

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Dent-Free Guide To Renting And Driving A Car Abroad

Driving on the left, as seen on this road in Tokyo, is often the toughest adjustment for American drivers. Expect to deal with it in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India and southcentral Asia, southeastern Africa, and Japan, among other places.
Ed Ronco

Matthew Brumley had researched his rental car in advance, found a good deal and booked early. Then he got to the counter in Cabo San Lucas, and the clerk asked him if he had insurance. He told her he did, but she insisted he needed extra coverage.

“That slapped on another $30 a day,” said Brumley, KPLU's travel expert. “Then there were taxes and VAT charges.”

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City Salary
12:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All

Jorge Carrasco
Seattle.gov

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco will not receive a six-figure raise after all, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.

The Seattle City Council recently authorized a pay hike of up to $119,000 per year for Carrasco, who currently earns $245,000 annually as the highest paid city employee. The raise was slated to take effect on July 1.

However, Murray, who previously supported a higher salary for Carrasco, said he has reversed his decision in light of questions recently raised regarding the utility CEO’s judgment.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Ireland No Longer The Land Of 'Boiled Potatoes And Overcooked Meat'

Potatoes are seen being sold out of a van in Bantry, Ireland.
Ed Ronco

When you drop below the clouds as you fly into Ireland, it’s as if you’re looking down at a great rock draped in a velvet green blanket. The Emerald Isle is famous for those rich green hues, as well as music, poetry and whiskey.

But Ireland has a newer claim to fame, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley: its food.

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Going Places
7:12 am
Thu June 19, 2014

How To Pack Lightly And Still Have What You Need

How much stuff do you really need when you go on vacation? Not that much, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.
Justin Steyer KPLU

As a tour organizer, Matthew Brumley routinely arrives at a destination a day or so before his clients, and then meets them at the airport. Recently, he was in Johannesburg to greet an arriving flight.

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Senior Thesis
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Veteran Journalist James: Yes, You Must Make Choices, But Choices Aren't Limitations

Courtesy of KING Broadcasting

Editor’s Note: “Senior Thesis” is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.

The college senior sat across from the retired anchorman. She'd brought a list of questions, but only looked at it once. She knew what to ask; she’d been thinking about it for the last four years.

“Do you feel like your career got in the way of other things?” she said.

“Oh, sure,” the anchorman said.

“I’m scared of that,” she said. “I don’t want to end up with a great career, but still have regrets of things I didn’t do.”

“Life is about choices,” he replied with reassurance, not admonition. Yes, you have to make choices, he said, so why not choose a little of everything?

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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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