This is a weird one.
Wordpress by default stores uploaded media in monthly sub-directories of the uploads directory. Eg wp-content/uploads/2016/07/
On one of my sites, this directory's owner gets set to "root:root", which means that nothing can be uploaded to the directory via the web server.
Any ideas what might cause this behaviour? I can imagine a cron script creating this behaviour, but I don't see how Wordpress itself should be able to create a directory owned by root.