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 September 6, 2012

Preview: Seahawks' perfect preseason makes some wary

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in action against the Oakland Raiders in a preseason game in Seattle.
AP Photo

The Seahawks are preparing for their season opener on Sunday in Arizona. They went 4-0 in the preseason - only the second perfect preseason in team history.

But not everyone is celebrating that feat. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will explain why tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

UW Huskies face formidable foes in first half of 2012 season

On the bright side: Quarterback Keith Price is back at the helm for UW this year, after an impressive debut last year. Art Thiel says Price is a Heisman Trophy contender and will help the Huskies get through a rough start to 2012.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies begin the 2012 football season Saturday night against San Diego State. UW will face four Top 20 teams in the first six weeks of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a tough schedule is not the only obstacle the Huskies face this year.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Preview: UW Huskies prepare for a tough season

Washington's Josh Shirley, center, Gregory Ducre, left, and Alameda Ta'amu celebrate a sack during the first half of the Alamo Bowl against Baylor Dec. 29, 2011, in San Antonio.
Darren Abate AP Photo

The Washington Huskies ended their season last year with a 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. As they gear up for 2012, they face an even tougher schedule. UW opens the season Saturday night vs. San Diego State.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will have more on the Huskies stiff competition this season, coming up tomorrow morning at 5:30 and 7:30 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Mariners' streak: different star every game

Team effort: Mariners outfielders Trayvon Robinson, Eric Thames and Michael Saunders leap together after the team beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners take their eight-game winning streak to Chicago this weekend for a series with the White Sox.

It's their longest winning streak in five years. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's significant in more ways than one.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Preview: Mariners' streak definitely team effort

The dude abides. John Jaso, front right, and Kyle Seager are congratulated in the dugout after they scored against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Jaso has had one of the hottest bats in the eight-game winning streak.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners are on a winning streak the likes of which fans haven't seen since 2007. Eight games and counting.

It's definitely been a team effort. The Mariners' offense has finally come alive to match their stellar pitching and great fielding.

KPLU commentator Art Thiel will talk about the significance of the streak tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
2:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

A feeling about Felix: perfect game premonition

Felix Hernandez kisses his right wrist after throwing a perfect game on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel had a feeling that Wednesday's Mariners game was going to be special. And that feeling was confirmed once Felix Hernandez started dominating on the mound.

"I tweeted out in the seventh inning 'If you can get off work and get down here, be here...because history is about to happen.' And it sure did."

The perfect game that followed was a first for Felix and the Mariners.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Preview: Breaking down Felix's perfect game

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Felix Hernandez and Mariners fans are still savoring the perfect game that he pitched yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.

There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding Felix's perfect game, which was the first in Mariners' history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will share his thoughts on the milestone tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Seahawks' signing of Terrell Owens 'low risk,' fills a need

New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens makes a catch around the defense of cornerback Richard Sherman during training camp Wednesday in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seahawks open their preseason Saturday night with a home game against former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans.

This comes just days after the Hawks named their new starting quarterback - former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn - and signed controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Preview: Is T.O. a changed man?

New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens talks with quarterback Matt Flynn during training camp Wednesday in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens had his first official workout with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, after agreeing to a one-year deal with the team this week.

The often outspoken player who's clashed with players and coaches in the past told the media that he's changed his ways.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will discuss the "T.O. effect" on the team tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Mariners streak leads to 'cautious optimism'

Newly-acquired Mariner Eric Thames hit a game-tying two-run homer against his old team the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Safeco Field. Thames was traded to the M's Monday for reliever Steve Delabar.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

So they CAN hit. That's what a lot fans are saying about the Mariners these days after the team has won seven games in a row - their longest winning streak in five years.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on the timing of the streak and what it means.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Preview: A positive streak for the Mariners

The Mariners' John Jaso singles in a run against the Toronto Blue Jays Aug. 1, at Safeco Field. With a 5-3 win, the Mariners now have a seven-game winning streak.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

In a season where fans are used to the opposite trend, the Mariners have now won seven games in a row. That hasn't happened in awhile. The Mariners actually have the second best record in the American League since the All-Star break.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is pleased with the progress. He says the Mariners' young hitters are becoming as consistent as the pitchers.

Find out more of what Art has to say tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

After Ichiro trade, more disappointment for Mariners fans?

Mariner-turned-Yankee Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he leaves the field following Wednesday's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

For many Mariners fans, the surprising news of Ichiro Suzuki's trade to the Yankees is still sinking in. Now comes word that another big name could be leaving the team next week.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about why it wasn't too hard to say goodbye to Ichiro...and who might be next.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Preview: Moving on without Ichiro

Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki doffs his batting helmet and bows to fans as he steps up to bat for the first time as a Yankee against the M’s in Seattle Monday. It was just hours after the announcement that Ichiro had been traded to New York.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A lot of people are wondering what's next for the Mariners, now that the face of the franchise - Ichiro Suzuki - has been traded to the Yankees.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on why it wasn't too difficult to say goodbye to Ichiro, and why next week might bring even more heartbreak for fans.

That's tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 FM KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lynch, Seahawks season could be affected by DUI charge

A poster of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch greets fans entering CenturyLink Field. The poster also includes the Seahawks 2012 schedule, which could be impacted by Lynch's DUI arrest.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's latest brush with the law could keep him from playing in some games next season. He plans to plead not guilty to a DUI charge that resulted from an arrest in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., over the weekend.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a new NFL crackdown on misbehavior could lead to a suspension - even before the matter is resolved in court.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Preview: Fallout from Marshawn Lynch arrest

2012 photo of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
AP Photo

Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch has now officially been charged with driving under the influence, following his arrest over the weekend in his hometown of Oakland, Calif. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty at his arraignment next month.

This is not Lynch's first run in with the law. And he's one of several NFL players arrested this offseason.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on the issue tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

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