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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Helicopter Crash
4:43 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NTSB Investigating Fatal KOMO News Helicopter Crash Near Space Needle

Investigators look through the charred wreckage of a news helicopter and two vehicles after the chopper crashed into a city street near the Space Needle, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Two people were killed inside a news helicopter when it crashed outside the KOMO-TV studios near the Space Needle in Seattle, sending clouds of black smoke into the sky during the rush hour at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to the fatalities, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said a man managed to free himself from one of the burning cars at the accident scene. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of serious burns. The man, who was initially listed in critical condition, was upgraded to serious condition Tuesday afternoon.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Knowing These Tips Can Save You Big Bucks On Airfare

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J. David Ake AP Photo

If you’re looking for plane tickets, you’ve probably spent time navigating various websites, wondering if there’s any rhyme or reason to how airfare is priced. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says there is, in fact, a method to the madness.

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Transportation
12:37 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic

WSDOT

State highway engineers will shut down a stretch of the Alaskan Way viaduct later this month to take a closer look at cracks found on the roadway.

What workers found during a routine inspection of the viaduct on March 1 isn’t that unusual, says Tom Baker, an engineer with the Washington state Department of Transportation.

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Going Places
8:26 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mexico Still Safe For Vacationers — If You Know Where To Go

Matthew Brumley

The recent arrest of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is the latest volley in Mexico’s war on drug cartels. It’s also a reminder that the country is dealing with problems, including those that could easily scare off visitors.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

How To Avoid Becoming A Victim While Traveling Overseas

Make sure your valuables are out of sight, and that you have control of your possessions at all times.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

One of the unpleasant but important facts about travel is that tourists are often victims of crime. A tourist can be an easy mark for pickpockets, con artists and thieves. The crimes often come in forms you wouldn’t expect. 

“I’ve been a victim three or four times," said KPLU travel expert Brumley.

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Seattle Police
9:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Murray Reinstates Misconduct Finding For Embattled Seattle Police Officer

zeraien Flickr

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says it was wrong to change penalties against a police officer who threatened to harass a journalist. The comments mark an about-face for the mayor. 

In July, Dominic Holden of The Stranger was taking pictures as officers questioned a man in the International District. He says Officer John Marion got angry with him and threatened to come to The Stranger’s offices and “bother” Holden while he was at work.

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Trash Pickup
12:06 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle will not switch its trash pickup schedule to every other week following an unpopular pilot program.

Mayor Ed Murray asked the Seattle City Council to shelf the proposed plan and keep the city on its current weekly pickup schedule.

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Please Insert Card
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Help City Of Seattle Choose Next Generation of Parking Meters

Ed Ronco with the IPS Freedom parking pay station, on Fourth Avenue between Blanchard and Bell.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Most of us know the drill: You walk up to one of those green parking meters on the street, put in your change or a credit card, and it spits out a little sticker for your car window. Those machines brought in $37 million last year.

But the city of Seattle says it’s time to upgrade those 10-year-old machines, and it wants the public’s input in choosing the next model.

SDOT: Try The Machines, Give Us Feedback

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Going Places
5:01 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Sochi Has Us Dreaming Of A Trip To Russia

This June 4, 2012 photo shows the Mostovaya Bashnya tower which once housed archers guarding the approach to the Czar’s Country Estate on Silver Island in northern Moscow.
Jim Heintz AP Photo

The Winter Olympics come to a close this weekend in Sochi, Russia. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley spent the games reflecting on his time in Russia. 

Brumley, who was once an exchange student in Moscow and worked on the the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 1980s, says you should consider making the trip.

“It’s a time capsule,” Brumley said. “When you travel through Siberia, it’s as if someone set the clock back a hundred years.”

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Found Object
3:53 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Found Mammoth Tusk To Head to UW's Burke Museum

This image provided by the Burke Museum and taken on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, shows what museum officials believe is mammoth tusk that was uncovered by construction workers in the south Lake Union area of Seattle.
AP Photo/Burke Museum

Paleontologists with the Burke Museum will excavate the giant mammoth tusk unearthed at a Seattle construction site earlier this week, and move it to the museum. 

The owners of the lot in South Lake Union said they've given the paleontologists permission to remove the tusk. 

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Going Places
5:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

10 Tips On Understanding French Culture

Relax, be humble, learn a few words in French, and don't squeeze the produce. That, and a few other tips, will keep you happy in France.
Courtesy of Matthew Brumley

French President Francois Hollande's visit to the U.S. this week included mentions of the two countries' long-standing friendship, one that dates back to the American Revolution. But citizens of the two countries sometimes find themselves at odds.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley lived and worked in France early in his career. He says the French aren’t being rude. In fact, as a culture, they’re extremely polite. Knowing that before you get on the flight to Paris can make all the difference, and there are 10 easy tips to make sure things go well. But first, a story.

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Transportation
3:11 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Study: Cities Should Look To Colleges For Tips On Transportation Policy

Jennifer Wing KPLU

Cities could ease traffic congestion by following the example of colleges and universities, according to a study released Thursday.

The national study by the WashPIRG Foundation says elected officials should look to places like the University of Washington when shaping transportation policy.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Traveling To Cuba Is Easier Than You Think

San Cristobal Catedral, with the Plaza de la Catedral in the foreground.
Matthew Brumley Photo provided

Colder temperatures this week might have you thinking about warmer places than here. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley just got back from Cuba, and says going to Havana is easy and completely worthwhile.

Cuba Is Opening Up

It's true, Cuba is opening up, but it’s not completely open yet, says Brumley. You’ll need either a missionary license or people-to-people license, usually available through organized tour groups. Once you’re legal, though, the rest is easy.

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The 12th Man
10:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Meet The Diehard Fans Who Spent The Night On The Seahawks' Parade Route

Greg Kockritz, left, and Sean Cochran are ready for action.
Ed Ronco

These two are no fair-weathered fans.

Diehard Seahawks fans Greg Kockritz and Sean Cochran spent the night in a tent on Fourth Avenue, determined to stake out front-row seats for the teams’ victory parade on Wednesday.

Never mind the cold. These two arrived at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a two-person tent, a propane heater and an air mattress in tow.

“It don’t get no better than this,” said Kockritz. “Come on, this has been 39 years coming!”

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Going Places
9:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

What's In It For Your Tour Guide? Too Much, Maybe

This Jan. 5, 2012 photo shows tourists lining up to view Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The natural wonder has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Joe Kafka AP Photo

So you go on vacation and your guide says he knows the best place to get leather jackets in Madrid. Or the best restaurant in all of London. Or maybe he’s getting a kickback from the business in exchange for shepherding tourists through the front door, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

What’s Wrong With That?

Two things, says Brumley say.  The stores they’re taking you to could have inflated prices. Also they’re wasting your time.

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