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
5:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

'Skeptical' about NHL's Coyotes moving to Seattle

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

Do sports fans in Seattle dare to get excited about the prospect of yet another professional team coming to town?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical about the possibility of the Phoenix Coyotes moving to Seattle.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen sits in the dugout after blowing 1-0 lead in 9th inning against the Astros Wednesday. Houston won 6-1.
AP Photo

The Mariners are on the road for the next seven games. They're playing the A's in Oakland this weekend.

The team keeps finding more painful ways to lose. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the fans end up hurt the most.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Extreme highs, crushing lows in Mariners' history-making game

Kyle Seager, center, is greeted at home following his grand slam against the White Sox in the 14th inning to tie a baseball game on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners are hosting the Yankees at Safeco Field this weekend. But a lot of fans are still shaking their heads about Wednesday's history-making game —and devastating loss— against the White Sox.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was there. To the bitter end. In the 16th inning. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NBA expansion is 'Seattle's way forward'

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to bringing the Sonics back to Seattle despite having lost his bid to move the Sacramento Kings to town.

Hansen made his first public comments about the failed deal in interviews this week.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'The bleakest outlook': Mariners' woes could get worse

Catcher Jesus Montero can’t hold on to the ball in a recent game against Cleveland. One of many agonizing plays for Mariners fans. Montero is now being sent down to Tacoma.
Tony Dejak AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator  Art Thiel describes the Mariners' six-game losing streak as "the bleakest outlook they've had all season."And it could get worse this weekend.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lynn Shelton: Seattle 'like the canvas that I paint everything on'

Director Lynn Shelton on location in Seattle
Eliza Truitt

In all the films that she writes and directs, Lynn Shelton shines the spotlight on Seattle. 

Her latest project, "Touchy Feely", was filmed entirely in the city, mainly in the Central District and "all over Capitol Hill," according to Shelton. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Wait could be longer for Sonics fans; Kings sold to Calif. investors

A fan wears a shirt that reads "Bring Back Our Sonics," as he attends a fan rally Monday in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel

The effort to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle is officially over. After the NBA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to deny relocation of the Kings to Seattle, the team has now been sold to California investors.

The Sacramento Bee reports a Sacramento investors group has reached a deal with the Maloof family to buy the Kings for an NBA record valuation of $535 million.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel phoned in a report on the deal late Thursday night.

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essentially ellington
5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Three area high school jazz bands competing in prestigious festival

This image shows a jam session held in the Allen Room of the Lincoln Center on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Essentially Ellington's Facebook page

Three area high schools jazz bands are in New York this weekend to compete in the 18th annual Essentially Ellington Festival, the most prestigious high school jazz band competition in the country. 

Edmonds-Woodway High School, as well as bands from Seattle's Garfield and Roosevelt high schools are among the 15 national finalists from across the U.S. and Canada. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sounders, fans hoping they can dig out of big hole

Sounders supporters wave a giant flag before a match in Seattle last month.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seattle Sounders FC stunned Sporting Kansas City Wednesday by scoring late in stoppage time to win 1-0 in dramatic fashion. It was a thrill that fans haven't experienced that often this season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel points to the team's recent roster change as a factor. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:24 am
Fri May 3, 2013

A 'win-win-win' idea for Kings sale, NBA in Seattle

Sacramento Kings fan holds a sign campaigning to keep the team in Sacramento.
Steve Yeater AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote May 15 on the recommendation by its relocation committee to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle. But investor Chris Hansen is refusing to give up.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has his own idea for how to solve this whole mess.   

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Mariners' slump physical and mental

Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders, catcher Kelly Shoppach, right, and third baseman Kyle Seager hang their heads after Saunders gave up a double in Wednesday’s game against the Astros in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP Photo

The Mariners beat the Angels Thursday night 6-0. A bit of good news, after they hit a new low on the road.

The team's problem is both physical and mental, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston bombing will not deter marathoners, sports-loving city

78-year-old Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens was running in his third Boston Marathon Monday when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts. He got up and walked across the finish line.
John Tlumacki The Boston Globe/Getty Images

"Of all the cities…and of all the sports.” 

That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is saying about this week’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. Art says the attack will only strengthen the resolve of marathon runners and the sports-loving city.

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Sacramento or Seattle? Why NBA commish wants Kings to stay put

Kings fan Robert Robbins holds a poster of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before the Kings NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly Sonics) in January.
Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The battle between Seattle and Sacramento investors over the Kings basketball team has taken a few more turns. The most interesting one is the revelation that NBA commissioner David Stern appears to want to keep the team in Sactown.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sonics fans left to wait; Kings decision likely delayed

Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, chair of the NBA relocation committee, arrives for owners’ meeting Wednesday, regarding the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Bennett led the group that moved the Sonics to OKC in 2008.
Richard Drew AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

Why the delay? That’s what a lot of Sonics fans in Seattle are asking, after a meeting of NBA owners this week regarding the future of the Sacramento Kings.

Seattle and Sacramento groups made competing bids and NBA commissioner David Stern says it will likely take longer than expected to reach a decision. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Does Mariners' spring training success mean strong season?

Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak - two of the three players that Art Thiel says need to have a good season for the team to be strong.
Orlin Wagner AP Photo

The Mariners begin their regular season Monday in Oakland against the A’s. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what fans can expect after an impressive spring training.

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