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."

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Preview: UW faces Heisman winner, tough team in Alamo Bowl

University of Washington Alumni Association

The Washington Huskies will spend the holiday preparing for their second bowl game in two years. They face the Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Offensive change, hard-charging Lynch spur Seahawks' streak

'Beast mode': Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch evades the St. Louis Rams defense during Monday night's 30-13 rout in Seattle. Lynch is on a roll that could land the Seahawks in the playoffs for the second straight year.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They started the season 2-6. But a big change in offense and the explosive play of running back Marshawn Lynch have the Seahawks looking at a possible playoff berth.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Preview: The Hawks' late rise

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson greets teammate Doug Baldwin after Baldwin scored a touchdown Monday night in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seahawks' late-season winning streak is keeping their hopes alive for making the playoffs. A lot of things have to happen first, but there's a sliver of hope they'll make it to the post-season for the second year in a row.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Pujols signing pressures Mariners to make big move

The Mariners' division rivals, the Angels, made a big move this week. They signed free agent slugger Albert Pujols from the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-year contract worth more than $250 million.

There's another big-hitting free agent who's still available: Prince Fielder. The Mariners are among the teams interested in him. But can they pull it off?

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:48 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Preview: Angels sign Pujols, up ante for Mariners

"It makes it that much more difficult for everybody in our division."

The words of Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, reacting to news today that the division-rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed star free agent Albert Pujols. The Seattle Times reports the Angels signed Pujols to a 10-year contract worth a reported $250 million.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial

Mike Leach celebrates after Texas Tech beat Minnesota 44-41 in overtime in the Insight Bowl in 2006. Leach took the Red Raiders to a bowl game in each of his 10 years there. WSU officials hope he'll bring his winning ways to Pullman.
Ross D. Franklin AP Photo

He coached Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 years. That's the winning record that Mike Leach brings to Washington State University as the new head football coach.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he also comes with controversy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football

New WSU football leader Mike Leach will bring his special brand of coaching to Pullman. He formerly coached at Texas Tech. He's pictured here in a game against Texas in 2007.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Just a day after firing Paul Wulff, who had the job for four years, Washington State University has hired Mike Leach to be its new head football coach.

Leach is the former coach of Texas Tech University. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's an offensive wizard who's had his share of controversy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Pride, possible coaching jobs on the line in Apple Cup

Washington players celebrate with the Apple Cup trophy after they defeated Washington State 35-28 last year in Pullman.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's Apple Cup time again! The annual cross-state rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State University will be played at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's not much at stake for the players beyond bragging rights. But for two coaches, it's a different story.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Huskies under more pressure than usual to beat Oregon State

Last week's 40-17 loss to USC was the third loss in four games for the Huskies. UW backup quarterback Nick Montana filled in for an injured Keith Price and will get his first start this Saturday against OSU.
Christine Cotter AP Photo

After a 5-1 start, the Washington Huskies are now 6-4 heading into Saturday's game against Oregon State.

OSU is 2-8. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that appears to be little comfort to the Huskies and their fans, who are more apprehensive than normal about this game.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:54 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Preview: UW will try to stop losing slide, likely with backup QB

UW backup quarterback Nick Montana completes a 53-yard pass against Oregon on Nov. 5, 2011, in Seattle. Oregon beat Washington 34-17. The pass was Montana's only play in the game. But he could get his first career start this Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

After a promising start, the Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games. And now it looks like they've lost their starting quarterback to a sprained knee. Keith Price was injured in last weekend's loss to USC.

It's not official yet, but it looks like freshman backup quarterback Nick Montana will get his first career start on Saturday against Oregon State.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

UW hosts Oregon, bids farewell to old Husky Stadium Saturday

Old file photo of Husky Stadium. The current stadium will host its final football game Saturday night when UW plays No. 6 Oregon. Much of it will then be demolished and replaced in a $250 million upgrade. What's your best Husky Stadium memory?
AP File Photo

It's perhaps the most fitting way to end an era at Husky Stadium. The University of Washington hosts No. 6 Oregon on Saturday night in a Pac-12 showdown that will be the final game in the 90-year old waterfront stadium.

We'd love to hear your favorite memories of the old Husky Stadium.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:37 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Preview: Big game in more ways than one for Huskies on Saturday

Washington punter Kiel Rasp reaches for Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris during last year's Huskies-Ducks match-up in Eugene. Oregon won the game 53-16.
Rick Bowmer AP Photo

The Washington Huskies host the 6th-ranked Oregon Ducks Saturday. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's the biggest home game of the year - and the last one at Husky Stadium before it closes for major renovations.

The Ducks are a big threat to the Huskies, who have been doing quite well this season. Find out what Art thinks about the match-up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports
7:55 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Seattle Sounders win, but not by enough to advance in playoffs

Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran (2) and Kyle Beckerman, center, celebrate a play as Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, left, and Fredy Montero, second from right, react. The Seattle Sounders won the game 2-0, but were knocked out of the playoffs.
Ted S. Warren AP Images

They won the game but lost the chance to advance to the next round of the playoffs. That was the situation for the Seattle Sounders and their fans Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 2-0, but it wasn’t enough. Real Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference final with a 3-2 aggregate victory in the two-game series, after winning the first match 3-0.

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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Texas Tenors have their own distinct sound

Illinois Jacquet
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

KPLU's Nick Morrison is glad the word "robust" is coming back into common parlance. He says that's the perfect word to describe the Texas Tenor saxophone sound. He's compiled a list of five titans of Texas Tenor.

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Other News
5:16 am
Fri October 28, 2011

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to KPLU about 'Instant City'

NPR's Steve Inskeep in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

What happens when a city experiences explosive growth and balloons into a vast metropolis? That's what happened to Karachi, Pakistan which has grown from 400,000 people in the 1940s to more than 13-million people today. NPR's Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talked to KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about the growing pains of one of the world's fastest-growing cities which is the subject of his new book, Instant City - Life And Death In Karachi.

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