Erin Hennessey

News Director

Erin Hennessey oversees KPLU's news team. Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as KPLU's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for KPLU and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.

Erin's most memorable moment at KPLU: "Interviewing NPR's Cokie Roberts about multi-faith families and the challenges of juggling different holiday traditions."

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Books
4:30 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Gerry Hadden covers his years as an NPR foreign correspondent

Central American migrants wait for nightfall just south of the U.S. border outside Sasabe, Mexico.
Gerry Hadden

Any dedicated public radio listener has probably wondered what it's like to be a foreign correspondent for NPR. Reporter Gerry Hadden gives us a glimpse into that world in his memoir, Never the Hope Itself.

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Other News
9:22 pm
Sun October 23, 2011

Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown

Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle homicide detectives on Sunday afternoon fatally shot a man who was a suspect in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old employee at a self-storage facility in the city's Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim's credit cards.

Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, at the bustling corner of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson told KPLU the murder suspect attacked detectives, forcing them to fire their weapons.

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History in Tripoli
5:17 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Seattleite in Libya witnesses historic jubilation

It’s a “privilege” to be in Libya at the height of its transition from the now-dead leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s rule to that of the rebels, said Anna Knutzen, an emergency program manager for Mercy Corps in Tripoli, who grew up in Seattle.

“Martyrs' Square … was a sight to see. People were just piling in to celebrate the news, and it’s still going on. You might be able to hear it in the background,” Knutzen said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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9/11 Anniversary
5:57 pm
Sun September 11, 2011

Memories of loss, ten years later at International Fountain at Seattle Center

Images from Seattle Center on 9-11-2011.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world.

 I was happy to be among them, and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Back to school: Memories of junior high jitters

Seattle writer Tim Haywood laughs to avoid crying over memories of first day of junior high.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle writer Tim Haywood of Reflections of a shallow pond fame has the jitters. His youngest daughter is about to start middle school.  That brings up  memories of his own journey, 35 years ago, from elementary school to junior high. 

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Parenting
5:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Navigating tweendom: A dad's tale

Writer Tim Haywood navigating fatherhood with a smile.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Being a father of tweens and teens isn't easy. Just ask writer Tim Haywood. With Father's Day coming up, Tim reflects on his efforts to take the high road, even when it gets bumpy.

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