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.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:44 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Hundreds march in LA in economic protests

LOS ANGELES — A downtown Los Angeles march in sympathy with New York's Wall Street demonstration has spilled into an intersection and police have formed containment lines.

Some organizers of the Thursday afternoon march appear to be trying to get demonstrators back onto sidewalks.

One group also has entered the lobby of a bank.

About 500 union members, students, activists and others have been marching among downtown high-rises containing offices of banks and other financial businesses.

Protesting Wall Street
9:50 am
Thu October 6, 2011

'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

A much-diminished group of protesters stuck it out Thursday, a day after 25 protesters were arrested and all their tents removed from Westlake Park.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Occupy Seattle demonstrators vow to press on, despite yesterday's arrests of 25 protesters who refused to remove their tents from a downtown Seattle park.

Early Thursday morning roughly 30 people were in their sleeping bags huddled under awnings of businesses that boarder the east side of Westlake Park. By noon there were roughly that many protesters still in the park.

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
5:15 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Amanda Knox won her life back, but not her story

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday in Seattle.
Associated Press

With Amanda Knox back home in Seattle after four years in an Italian prison, the question is “when will she sell her story and how?”

But Knox, despite the fact that her conviction in the sexual assault and fatal stabbing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher was overturned, could find the media and movie markets crowded with others hawking her story, both in non-fiction and fictional form.

And, they can do so almost with impunity, according to one expert.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Update: Police arrest at least 20 Occupy Seattle protestors

For the latest updates on this story see: 'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

Police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press. Demonstrators tussled with officers as they made a last stand, attempting to block police from removing a few tents left at the park.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:05 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Mayor Mike McGinn's statement on Westlake Park protest

I support the efforts of the protestors at Westlake Park to address this country’s economic situation. In my budget speech last week, I stated:

"We are facing unprecedented inequality in this country. It is always true that bad times are harder on the poor. But we have not seen income inequality this great since 1928, the year before the Great Depression started. The top 1% control 34% of the nation's wealth. The top 10% control 2/3rds of the nation's wealth. It is an unprecedented grab by the most powerful to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie."

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
1:08 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Sea-Tac Airport braces for arrival of Amanda Knox

International and national members of the media crush in to get a view and statement from Amanda Knox and members of her family at Sea-Tac Airport on Tuesday.
Paula Wissel KPLU

As soon as the appeals court in Italy overturned Amanda Knox’s conviction of sexually assaulting and killing her British roommate, officials at Sea-Tac began to prepare for the onslaught of media from around the world.

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Data Mining
5:04 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Could young voters be the next surprise for Republicans?

Young voters have a voice and a vote – but how they will use them is the question.
Joseph Gilbert Flickr

Recent polls suggest that younger Washington state voters are trending more politically conservative than their elders.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Weak fronts mean sun, but the coming strong front will bring clouds

When the sun is just coming up ... it's the coldest part of the day.
Trevin Chow Flickr

Weak weather fronts mean the sun should stick around through the weekend, with temperatures in the lower 70s and mid-60s and some occasional light showers. Then, a stronger front moves in late Sunday that will seal our fate for next week – at least when it comes to no sun.  

“The pattern of the atmosphere is shifting,” Cliff Mass told KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld, “so we are going from a ridge-like pattern to a trough-like pattern, which means that for much of next week we are going to be stuck in a cloudy, wet situation with highs getting up to only around 60.”

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Digital Billboards
5:06 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

King County delays vote on digital billboards

One potential use of digital billboards - as long as it doesn't flash, fade or change too quickly - that could be allowed in King County.
Jack Lail Flikr

The King County Council decided to take no action today on the contested digital billboards proposal. The vote will instead be held until Oct. 24, said Al Sanders, a spokesman for the council.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:18 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Feels like the East Coast … but we’ll go back to NW weather soon

An example of the scope of vision the new coastal radar north of Hoquiam allows, showing a band of precipitation offshore that is slamming into Vancouver Island. "Pretty impressive," Cliff Mass said.

It’s the first day of fall, but you can’t trust the calendar to tell us what kind of weather we’ll be having. … So, we turn to Cliff Mass and KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld to give it to us straight.

First, it’s the water vapor in the air covering us like a blanket that will keep us warm and humid today and tomorrow. But it all changes again on Monday. And with a new radar station coming online on the coast, Mass says we’ll be able to see our future weather much more clearly.

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Festivals and events
3:26 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Itchin’ to be green and seek a future beyond fossil fuels?

Flickr

This Saturday you can join the green-minded at events in Seattle celebrating the international day of action on climate change.

First thing in the morning you can be in a parade of boats and bikes, feet and wheels, pedaling, rowing, sailing, walking, dancing, skipping, skating, jumping, cartwheeling our sweet selves from all over Cascadia to Lake Union Park, according to the Website for the Moving Planet Seattle events.

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Traffic Woes
2:20 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Plethora of weekend events means lots of fun and traffic hell

A traffic jam from previous busy weekend in Seattle.
Oran Viriyincy KPLU

Beer drinkers at Oktoberfest in Fremont, Huskies and Seahawks battling it out on the playing field, marching bands in the streets ... all of which means drivers will be edging in and out of one traffic jam after another, warns the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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High-density living
3:29 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

A thing to remember when moving into high-rise, another high-rise

Jenny Downing Flickr

If you're considering moving into a high-rise condo or apartment in Seattle for the views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle or mountain ranges, you might want to keep this in mind: City regulations do not protect private views, only public views.

This is a lesson being learned the hard way by residents of the Cosmopolitan high-rise in the Denny Triangle, according to a story in Seattlepi.com. Residents there have already had one building go up a mere 18 feet from them and now another tower has been approved for construction.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:08 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Back to wet, cool and possibly a winter similar to the last

Here they come - the return of the fall and winter clouds.
Lattiboy KPLU

That's it – nine days of summer. The nine days of over 80 degree temperatures in September look like the best we'll get this year.

“Looking at the maps, the large scale maps over the hemisphere, things have really changed. We’ve gone from a summer-type pattern to a much more winter-like pattern," Cliff Mass told KPLU's Keith Seinfeld in this morning's weather report. "The Jet stream is really strengthening and the storm systems are moving south. “

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Returning soldiers
11:41 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Stung by criticism, JBLM focuses on returning Guardsmen

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Gets A Briefing At Joint Base Lewis-McChord On How Guardsmen Are Now Transitioned Home
Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – More than 26-hundred National Guard soldiers from Oregon, Idaho and Montana are returning home from a year long deployment to Iraq . Their first stop is Joint Base Lewis-McChord where last year guard members complained they were treated like second class soldiers.

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