Jake Ellison

Online Managing Editor

Jake Ellison is central to providing overall accuracy, timeliness and creativity to KPLU's online product. He has spent over 17 years in the news business, 10 of which were as a reporter, editor and online producer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He spent the last third of those years working solely in the online environment as a writer, curator and editor and has the distinction of being among Seattle's pioneering web-first reporters.

Jake has won a number of journalism awards and honors, been a panelist and speaker on journalism and leadership, and has a Masters Degree in creative writing.


Election 2011
9:36 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Pot initiative passing in Tacoma

Tacoma News Tribune reports that Tacoma voters are easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 – the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma.

After initial ballot counts posted as of 8:15 p.m., 65 percent of voters (16,888) were favoring the measure, compared to 35 percent of those casting “no votes” (9,240 total).

National Emergency Test
4:14 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Update: First-ever national emergency alert test is over, whew

The White House is preparing the country for the first nationwide test of the country's emergency alert system on Wednesday.

The test occurred at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday. It lasted about 30 seconds. But, of course, you wouldn’t know it if you’re online at the time.

And what does it mean that the test is on 11/9?!

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UW Ocean studies
2:17 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

UW 'gummy bear experiment' asks, will it crush?

Compared to the Styrofoam cup on the left that stayed topside, the cup sent into the ocean depths collapsed under the pressure to about a quarter of its original size. The gummy bears didn't compress nearly as much, but look worse for the wear.
University of Washington

When you’re sending scientific equipment 18,000 feet below the surface of the ocean, sometimes it can be fun to show the world what that kind of pressure can do to a gummy bear or a Styrofoam cup.

So, scientists from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory – who have been on expedition in the South Pacific near Samoa to study massive underwater waves – attached a camera to snap photos of objects being crushed under the weight of the ocean.

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Global Health
12:46 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Bill Gates says he was nervous addressing G20

Talking to the BBC about global health and poverty, Bill Gates also discussed the issue of the Greek crisis overwhelming the G20 talks and how nervous he was because of the opportunity to move the agenda of nations.

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Election 2011
5:17 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

King County Elections Director invited to explain unmailed ballots

The county’s election director, Sherril Huff, has been invited to the Metropolitan King County Council’s Committee of the Whole on Monday to talk about 11,000 unmailed ballots, the council reports in a press release. 

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Tsunami debris
12:53 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Debris from Japanese tsunami a threat to NW jobs, Cantwell says

Model of the debris from the Japanese tsunami reaching the NW coastline.
University of Hawaii

Calling it an “emerging threat,” Sen. Maria Cantwell testified in congress yesterday that a floating debris field five-times the size of the state of Washington is heading for the West Coast and could disrupt the state’s economy when it lands in 2014.

“After the tragic tsunami that struck Japan, whole communities were swept out to sea in an unwieldy mass of toxic debris,” she testified in the Senate Commerce Committee. “We can’t wait until all of this tsunami trash washes ashore. We need to have an aggressive plan on how we’re going to deal with it.”

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Odd news
1:02 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

It's '11022011' !

Professor Aziz Inan created this palindrome image (with his face in the center) in honor of 11022011, a very rare eight-digit palindrome date.
Courtesy of Aziz Inan

From our neighbors to the south (University of Portland) come these facts about today’s date:

  • One: It’s a palindrome
  • Two: It’s an extremely rare one.

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Festivals and events
5:09 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Seattle's Fremont Troll celebrates 21st birthday

Seattle's Fremont Troll
Christine Majul Flickr

The Fremont Troll turns 21, according to its Facebook page.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:58 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Occupy Seattle sends press release; new phone app aids those arrested

Screenshots of an Android-based app that allows Occupy protesters, or anyone, to quickly send out out a message that they are being arrested.

Occupy Seattle members have sent out a press release declaring their intention to protest an upcoming speech by Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, at a University of Washington event in downtown Seattle next Wednesday.

And if any member is about to get arrested, a new Android-based app will help them notify a lawyer, family and friends with one touch.

(With update from Occupy Seattle's "media committee.")

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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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Phoenix Jones
12:51 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Seattle ‘superhero’ evades charges; next Hollywood action figure?

In this screen grab, Tauntr.com has put up a 'parody' of an action figure featuring Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones.

Prosecutors have filed no charges, as of yet, against the self-proclaimed Seattle superhero who goes by the name Phoenix Jones.

Jones, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor (and whose real face can be seen in the photos above), appeared in a city courtroom Thursday morning wearing a charcoal-colored mask and a superhero uniform under a button-down shirt.

The ‘superhero’s’ costume, exploits and court appearance are fast becoming internationally recognizable. Could this fortune (for good or ill) make Fodor’s character the next Hollywood action figure?

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2:09 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Hanford ground water cleanup huge challenge, new pumps helping

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to flush and clean contaminated groundwater that runs deep under southeast Washington.

The massive plumes of radioactive and toxic chemicals are leftovers from plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War. Decontaminating all that groundwater is a monumental task. And as correspondent Anna King found out, it will only get harder over time.

Some of the groundwater pumped up from Hanford near the Columbia River is so contaminated it looks like flat Mountain Dew.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:20 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Occupy Seattle: Still at Westlake Park, still wet and still staying

Getting the basics at the Occupy Seattle protests in Westlake Park. Protesters say they have been allowed to put up a single bigger tent for food and some first-aid supplies.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Occupy Seattle protesters continue to weather the rain and exposure, with the aid of one structure for storing and distributing food and some first-aid care.

Monday morning, roughly 50 occupiers of Westlake Park milled about while many still slept or huddled against the rain under plastic tarps and whatever other makeshift barriers they could create to stay warm and dry.

One protestor and organizer said she intended to stay in the park indefinitely or until the "National Guard rolls in with tanks."

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4:13 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Do you have a ‘locavore’ coming to dinner?

Shira Golding Flickr

Some people come over and you love ‘em, but you have to hide the plastic bags, Tupperware and the Teflon pans just so you don’t have to “go there” with them.

Some are organic only (especially with children), limited or no red meat, fish only or vegetarian or vegan (all by choice and principle). And now for a growing number of potential dinner guests, it's locavore, too.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:08 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Rain off and on, but without ‘nowcasting’ it's hard to pinpoint

Expect light rain off and on through out the weekend, but less of it on Saturday.
Aarthi Ramamurthy Flickr

Forecasters aren’t perfect, but we can be pretty sure of the rain falling this morning.

The cooler temps and heavier rain are a few weeks early, forecaster Cliff Mass told KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld, but the front dropping this rain will move through by mid-day today leaving Saturday mostly dry with rain returning that evening through Sunday morning.

But this could all be off by a few hours either way, because the official forecasters only publish every six hours. And those forecasts are used by nearly all the different weather Websites and news organizations.

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