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
5:01 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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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

Travel with the whole family doesn't have to be a chore.

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

Hear from the people of the two cities.

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

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says South Africa is his favorite place on the planet.

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.

Q&A: Albert Evans discusses Charles Dickens

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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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