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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Native Sons
9:43 am
Fri January 24, 2014

7 Shots At Grammy For Seattle Duo Macklemore And Ryan Lewis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, right, and his producer Ryan Lewis pose for a portrait, at Irving Plaza in New York.
Carlo Allegri Invision/AP Photo

Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have seven shots at a Grammy Award on Sunday. The hip-hop duo is nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Music Video.

Local pop music critic and writer Gene Stout says that’s an impressive list of nominations.

“A lot of people think of Macklemore and Lewis as an overnight success, but they’re not,” Stout said. “Macklemore’s been at it for 10 years. Certainly what they’ve done with two chart hits is extraordinary. And for a duo, it hasn’t really happened since the ‘90s.”

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Environment
3:50 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Cantwell Urges White House To Stop Alaska Pebble Mine Project, Protect Fishermen

People pray at Fisherman's Terminal in Seattle before the start of a rally opposing a mining project in western Alaska. Fishermen in Washington say the project threatens salmon in Bristol Bay, where about 1,000 Washingtonians have permits to fish.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Sen. Maria Cantwell is sending a letter to the White House, asking the president to stop a mining project in Alaska.

About 1,000 Washington residents hold permits to fish for salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Not far from there, an organization called the Pebble Partnership wants to open a gold and copper mine.

That’s a bad idea, said people gathered outside Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal on Thursday.

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Going Places
9:33 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Brumley: When You Go, Go Responsibly

Offsetting the carbon from your flight is one way to travel responsibly, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. In this 2008 file photo, a jet plane prepares to land at San Francisco International Airport.
Noah Berger AP File Photo

The tourism industry is one of the largest in the world. According to the United Nations, one out of every 11 jobs worldwide is related to tourism.

“When you travel, it has real implications for the people you’re visiting,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. “There are two sides to this: there’s the environmental side, and there’s the socioeconomic side that has to do with the people themselves.”

So how do you travel responsibly? Here are some tips from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

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Football Fever
5:01 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fill In The Blank: The Seahawks-49ers Rivalry Is Like _______

A man walks across a San Francisco 49ers' team jersey on the floor of the House Chief Clerk's office Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

How would you describe the rivalry between football foes Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers? Share your answer below.

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Going Places
5:01 am
Thu January 16, 2014

5 Tips For A Good Family Vacation

Matthew Brumley and family on vacation.
Courtesy of Matthew Brumley

So, you're planning the next big family vacation. There are lots of questions to consider: Where to go, what to do, who to invite. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has these five tips for families looking to travel together.

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Football Fever
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Seattle Vs. New Orleans: How The Football Foes Measure Up Off the Field

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate with a variation on the New Orleans Saints slogan "Who Dat?" in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle.
Scott Eklund AP Photo

The Seahawks will play the New Orleans Saints at the Clink this weekend, but it's clear both teams' fan fever runneth over the football field and deep in their hometowns. 

So we wanted to know what off-field bragging rights each team might have. Who has it better at home? And whose mascot reigns supreme? We teamed up with WWNO Public Radio in New Orleans to consider the facts.

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Going Places
9:24 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Travel To South Africa Offers Look Behind Headlines

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says South Africa is his favorite place on the globe, both for its natural beauty and its remarkable history.
Matthew Brumley

When Nelson Mandela died in December, the eyes of the world once again focused on South Africa. Earthbound Expeditions founder and KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it’s his favorite place on the planet, and worth a deeper look than the headlines can offer.

"It's a truly remarkable place. There's no other country I've been to on this planet that has more diversity," Brumley said. "The history is phenomenal. It dates back hundreds of thousands of years, and the culture is multiracial. It's the Rainbow Nation."

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Public Health
9:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Four Flu Deaths Reported in King County, Health Officials Urge Vaccination

Matt Rourke AP Photo

Local health officials are urging people of all ages to get vaccinated against the flu, which has already claimed four lives in King County alone this season.

In addition to the deaths, the number of positive tests has doubled since mid-December, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health – Seattle & King County. And this year's most prevalent strain, the H1N1 virus, is one that hits younger people especially hard.

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Bah, Humbug!
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Beyond Scrooge: Dickens Characters Inspired By Walks Around London

5th Avenue Theatre

"Oliver!" tells the story of a young orphan's misadventures in London, from the workhouse to a den of thieves and, finally, to a family that loves him. The musical, on stage now at the 5th Avenue Theatre, is based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

Albert Evans, artistic and music associate at the 5th Avenue Theatre, who says the character of Oliver was one of many Dickens created and used over the years to call attention to societal ills, and to portray London as he saw it.


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air quality
1:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

As Air Quality Dips, a Warning for Your Health

Tim Durkan

The spectacular sunsets we've been enjoying recently have a downside: they’re indicators of increasing air pollution.

Pollution has risen to unhealthy levels around Puget Sound this week. State health officials say pollution often goes up in the winter.

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Affordable Care Act
1:29 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler testifies before Congress on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Like a lot of big projects, Obamacare needs time to be successful. That was the message from Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who testified before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

Kreidler had been invited to speak by Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, but quickly found himself in the crosshairs of another, Rep. Dave Reichert. 

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life lessons
5:01 am
Wed November 27, 2013

In Grays Harbor County, High School Rivalry Helps Feed Hungry

Hoquiam students cheer as they prepare to learn who's won this year's Food Ball competition.
Ed Ronco KPLU

If you drive through Grays Harbor County, it’s easy to notice the darkened storefronts and empty homes that signal the area’s economic struggles. But in the county with a poverty rate that's twice the state average, a long-standing rivalry between two high schools feeds the hungry.

For more than a century, the Hoquiam Grizzlies and the Aberdeen Bobcats have maintained one of Washington state’s biggest high school football rivalries. But it’s their rivalry in Food Ball that funds the majority of the county food banks' annual budget.

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homelessness
1:07 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Marchers Call for More Action to End Homelessness

Protesters marched to Seattle City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Around 100 protesters took to the streets Wednesday morning to urge local leaders to take action to end homelessness. The protesters spent the night in Westlake Park before marching to Seattle City Hall to attend a meeting of the Committee to End Homelessness.

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boeing package
12:54 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Inslee Signs Boeing Tax Breaks as Machinists Mull Labor Proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee, center, adjusts his glasses as he prepares to sign legislation to help keep production of Boeing's new 777X in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

It’s official: Boeing will get nearly $9 billion in tax incentives from the state of Washington in a deal aimed to guarantee Boeing will build its 777X and carbon-fiber wings in the state.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed his name to the tax breaks Monday morning after legislators approved the deal over the weekend. Inslee told reporters that the state has a lot to gain.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day SOS: Last-Minute Tips for Voters

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Happy Election Day! Here's a quick reference guide if you're still holding on to a ballot.

Your ballot must be postmarked today (Tuesday, Nov. 5). Before you drop your ballot into the nearest blue mailbox, look at the sticker on that mailbox to see what time mail is collected. If you've missed that deadline you'll need to head to the post office to make sure your ballot is accepted in time.

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