DAVE ROSS AND SYSTEM PAVERS

Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m.

Dave is a notorious and well-respected member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Seattle. He has appeared in every G&S show at least once and has performed at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, twice. Dave and his wife Patricia enjoy a good show, too, and subscribe to the local opera, ballet, ACT Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, and Village Theater.

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He spends his down time tinkering with electronic projects, writing novelty songs, shopping at thrift stores, and playing squash. As an avid hiker, he's earned the title Energizer Bunny from his friends; while they all stop to see stuff along the trail, Dave keeps going and going and going. He enjoys traveling internationally for work and pleasure with memorable stops in Baghdad, Qatar, Israel, Prague, Germany (to cover the Berlin Wall), China, Soviet Union, Niger, Senegal, and Iran.

Dave finds politics important and entertaining, though his bid for the U.S. Congress in 2004 fell short and he immediately returned to radio.

Dave has been at KIRO Radio since 1978. In that time he's won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times, and in 1992 he won a local Emmy Award for some writing he did for KIRO-TV. He also writes and produces a daily commentary for CBS Radio and has been the network's regular fill-in for Charles Osgood since 1992. He's been a commentator for CNET-TV in San Francisco, KCTS 9 here in Seattle, and for the Associated Press with a syndicated radio feature called "Chip Talk."

Before landing in Seattle, Dave was a reporter, anchor and producer for WSB-AM in Atlanta. He also had stints at WTKO-AM in Ithaca, NY and WVIP AM & FM in Mount Kisko, NY.

Dave grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY. In 1973 he graduated from Cornell University where he studied arts & sciences, English and, for a time, physics. That same year he married Patricia, with whom he has two daughters, Emilie and Caitlin.