Kirsten Kendrick

Morning Edition Host

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting KPLU’s Morning Edition since 2006. She handles all aspects of the show - from news selection and writing to audio production. Kirsten has worked in radio for 20 years. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Indiana and attended high school and college in North Texas. In addition to being a jazz fan, Kirsten is an avid softball player and sports lover. Kirsten and her husband Troy live in Seattle with their son Delton and their dog Nancy with the Laughing Face.

Kirsten's most memorable moment at KPLU: Interviewing sports columnist Art Thiel about the demise of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Kirsten says, "Art's raw emotion in describing the newspaper's final day really impacted me."

Ways to Connect

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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be inducted as a Mariner into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Griffey had a huge impact on and off the field in Seattle.

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Seattle Reign and U.S. Women's National Soccer Team goalie Hope Solo have revealed some significant problems within the National Women’s Soccer League.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between sports commentator Art Thiel and KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are less than a month away. They begin August 5th in Rio de Janeiro.

Sports commentator Art Thiel and KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick have the story of one local athlete who’s just earned the chance to shine on the world stage.

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The Mariners dropped below .500 this week. They are now 36-37, after suffering their sixth loss in a row Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. This is happening after a very strong April and May.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what’s going wrong, and why it’s not a surprise.

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Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki reached a significant milestone this week. It came with some controversy. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it shouldn't have.

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Bellevue High School has the most successful football program in state history – winning 11 titles in the last 15 years. But many of those accomplishments are in jeopardy, because of a scandal that has now reached the punishment stage.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a symptom of a much bigger problem.

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The Seattle Sounders head into a two-week Major League Soccer break on a high note. They beat D.C. United on Wednesday, giving them their first road win of the season and breaking a three-game losing streak.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says changes are coming soon that could help the Sounders turn their season around.

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The Mariners host the Twins this weekend at Safeco Field. After two big wins this week and a highly successful road trip, the team has one of the best records in Major League Baseball.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about why the team and its fans are in some unfamiliar territory.

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett endeared himself to fans by commandeering a police bicycle and riding it around CenturyLink Field after the team’s dramatic win in the NFC championship game last year. He made headlines again this week, saying he’s not happy with his contract.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel agrees Bennett is not getting paid what he’s worth. But he says that’s not going to change.

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The Mariners remain in first place in the American League West as they host the Angels this weekend at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot of factors have come together this season to give even the most skeptical fans some hope.

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Sonics fans and supporters of a proposed arena in Seattle are trying to regroup after a big setback this week. The City Council voted 5-4 not to vacate a street needed for the project.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about what happened and what might be next.

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Developer Chris Hansen’s proposed NBA and NHL arena in Seattle’s SoDo district passed a major milestone this week. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the biggest obstacle remains: the NBA.

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The Mariners are hosting the Oakland Athletics this weekend in their first home series of 2016. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team’s first three games in Texas had some surprising highs and lows.

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The University of Washington women’s basketball team takes on Syracuse Sunday in Indianapolis as part of the NCAA's Final Four.

It’s the first time the UW women have gotten this far in the tournament. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it was a bit of a surprise this year.

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The Seattle Sounders have a break from Major League Soccer play until April 2. But their best players aren’t getting a rest.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that’s not helping the team, which is off to the worst start in franchise history.

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'A turning point.' That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel calls the NFL’s admission this week that football head injuries are a contributor to long-term health consequences for retired players.

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The NFL’s free agency period is underway and, already, three well-known Seahawks players are gone.

It’s just part of the game and KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s no reason for fans to get nervous.

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The University of Washington men’s basketball team is looking ahead to the Pac-12 Tournament, after finishing their regular season this week with a win over Washington State.

But will the Huskies get a chance to experience March Madness this year? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is doubtful.

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Much like King Felix's new "do," newness is a big theme for the Mariners this season as they get ready to begin exhibition play next week in Arizona.

The team has a new general manager, a new manager, and a bunch of new players. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that could mean the end of some old problems.

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The Seattle Sounders and their fans are likely still reeling from the surprise departure of leading scorer Obafemi Martins to the Chinese Super League.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that, amid the shock, there is a bit of a silver lining.

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His teammates and fans are definitely going to miss him. But the retirement of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t really a bad thing for the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

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The Mariners begin spring training two weeks from now in Arizona. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans can expect a lot of changes this season.

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We should know in a few weeks whether Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman will be charged with two felonies in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Bellevue last October.

Bellevue Police this week recommended charges to the King County Prosecutors Office. And that has drawn criticism from Coleman’s attorney.

The case has raised an issue that has KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel concerned.

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Following their exit from the playoffs against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, the Seahawks are already looking ahead to next season.  But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team’s future may not include some very popular players.

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This Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game between the Seahawks and Panthers IS the Super Bowl, as far as KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is concerned.

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With Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. garnering the most votes ever for selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, there’s been a lot of talk about his athletic achievements: 630 home runs, 10 Gold Gloves and 13 All-Star appearances, just to name a few.

But sports commentator Art Thiel told KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick there’s a very complex personality behind the powerful swing and graceful outfield leaps.

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Seattle sports fans have a lot to look forward to in the new year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel spoke with Kirsten Kendrick about some of the big stories to watch.

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2015 was filled with a lot of highs and lows for Seattle sports fans. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel breaks them down.

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The Seahawks continue their quest for a wildcard playoff spot this Sunday, hosting the Cleveland Browns at CenturyLink Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans will see two new running backs, and an interesting quarterback matchup.

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The Mariners are the busiest team in Major League Baseball this offseason as they remake their roster. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about the changes, including some made this week.

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