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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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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911 Outage
1:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

911 Outage In Washington, Oregon Due To 2 Separate Problems, Says CenturyLink

The 911 service outage that affected most of the Pacific Northwest this morning was the result of two separate, unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink, which provides the infrastructure for 911 in the region.

What started as a 911 outage in Oregon around 1:30 a.m. Thursday was quickly felt in Washington state, too. But CenturyLink spokeswoman Jan Kampbell says the two outages are unrelated.

“One had nothing to do with the other. The timing was just crazy,” she said.

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911 Outage
5:02 am
Thu April 10, 2014

CenturyLink, Agencies Say 911 Service Restored After Overnight Outage

Emergency 911 phone service has been restored in Washington after a 6-hour-long statewide overnight outage.

CenturyLink spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer in Spokane says service was restored about 8 a.m. Thursday in Washington. Service was restored about 6:30 a.m. in parts of Oregon that also were affected.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

No Limes, And A Sense Of Perspective In The Air

Don't be this guy. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says a sense of perspective is important when flying.
Ed Ronco KPLU

A shortage of limes is causing trouble for some airlines, according to a report by the Associated Press. Many carriers announced they would temporarily stop using limes during drink service aboard their aircraft. That includes Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, which estimates it goes through 900 limes a day. 

Some bloggers reacted to the news as though they'd just eaten a lemon instead.

"Diet Coke without lime is like Bert without Ernie," wrote Ben Schlappig, on the BoardingArea blog.

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Oso Slide
8:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide, Meet Families And Emergency Responders

A soccer ball sits adjacent to the Whitehorse Trail near where it landed after a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash
AP Photo

Pres. Barack Obama will visit the site of the deadly mudslide in Snohomish County and meet with family members of victims and first responders, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

The governor said the president will visit the community of Oso later this month, during the week of April 21.  His visit will come approximately one month after the disaster.

"This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Inslee said in a statement. 

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Arts
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Seattle's Deaf Community Hoping To Build Understanding Through Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

People who are deaf or have hearing loss often find themselves misunderstood, says Patty Liang. It happened to her once on a plane. A representative from the airline labeled her as disabled, which resulted in someone meeting her at the gate with a wheelchair.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Five Tips On Getting The Best Hotel Room For Your Money

AP Photo/Millennium Hotels and Resort

One of the most intimating parts about travel is booking the hotel. So many choices — where to begin, and how to find a deal?

Follow these five easy steps, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley, and you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

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Going Places
6:17 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Visiting The Parks: Avoid Campsite Loserdom

Old Faithful Inn is close to the famous geyser, but you should look to next summer if you want to stay here, says our travel expert.
Jim Peaco National Park Service

You know how it goes: You’re sitting around on a Wednesday afternoon, and you decide to take the family camping over the weekend. Maybe to a national park.

Well, here’s a confession from our own travel expert: He’s one of you.

“If you’re like me, you’re the dad who gets the Charlie Brown campsite,” Brumley said.

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Natural Disaster
9:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure would likely decline dramatically.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Central America Offers Something For Everyone

Tourists are seen at the Mayan ruins of Tikal, in Guatemala, in 2005. Nearly two decades after war, Guatemala is earning new fame as a top tourist destination.
Rodrigo Abd AP

There are seven countries in Central America, all smashed into a thousand miles of land between Mexico and Colombia. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says among those seven countries, you can find just about anything you want, from adventures in the wild to full-service resorts.

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