Dave Ross

After four years as a reporter at WSB in Atlanta, Dave Ross joined KIRO Radio in Seattle in 1978 as a news anchor, and started hosting the Dave Ross Show in 1987.  In 2010 he teamed up with podcaster Luke Burbank to host Ross & Burbank daily from 9-12.  In January 2013 he became anchor of The Morning News on KIRO-FM.

Dave has done commentary for CBS Radio since 1993, and serves as Charles Osgood’s fill-in.  He's been recognized with a Marconi nomination and the 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Commentary.


From 1983-2004 he hosted and produced Chip Talk for Associated Press Radio, the first syndicated radio coverage of computer technology, and was part of the 1995 Launch Team for C-NET.   In October of 2013 he launched an interview podcast called ROSSFIRE.

Dave Ross - Bio 2007

Overseas broadcasts: Baghdad (April 2004), Qatar to cover US Central Command during the Iraq War (2003), Jerusalem during the Intifada (2002), Ground Zero (September 2001), Soviet Union (1987, 1991, 1992), Turkey & Jordan during the first Gulf War (1990), Berlin Wall & Czechoslovakia (1989), China (1984), Hong Kong & Japan (1983).

He and his wife spent two weeks (off-duty) touring Iran (2010), and ten days in Cuba in 2013.

In 2004, Dave took a leave of absence to run for an open seat in Washington's 8th Congressional District.  He was recruited by the Democrats (who felt a moderate could win the suburban swing voters east of Seattle) and won the Democratic primary, but was defeated by now-Congressman (and former King County Sheriff) Dave Reichert.  The 8th has since been re-districted, in a way that coincidentally does not include Dave's residence. 

Dave's now out of politics, but serves on the boards of the Transportation Choices Coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute, and as an adviser to the Dean of Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.  As a result, he gets to emcee numerous fundraisers.

Dave’s summer hobby is Gilbert & Sullivan, and since 1979 he's appeared as the comic baritone in most of the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s summer productions at Seattle Center.  He's served as a Trustee of the Society and performed at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England in 1996 & 1999.

Occasionally, Dave will do a singing commentary -- but a little goes a long way.

He and Patti have been married 40 years, and have two grown daughters.

Dave has written enough commentaries to fill several books, but feels they are more effective when spoken aloud.