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Kirsten Kendrick

Morning Edition Host

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting KNKX’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 KNKX: 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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The Seahawks host the division-leading Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The team is coming off a costly win against the Cardinals last weekend.

It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Foster kids in Washington state have been housed in hotels and state offices at a higher rate than ever, over the past year. It's a practice that's costing taxpayers millions of dollars, and it's further traumatizing some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.

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The Mariners are playing the Texas Rangers in their final series of the season this weekend at Safeco Field.
KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's season and what he thinks should happen next year.

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The Seahawks play their first home game of the season this Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys. And the team is looking for its first win.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's been going wrong and right.

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Seattle Storm fans will gather at Seattle Center this Sunday to honor the team. They won their third WNBA title this week, defeating the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells host Kirsten Kendrick that the Storm was the team to beat all season. And they had a not-so-secret weapon.

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The Seahawks begin their regular season on Sunday in Denver. The team got some good news this week with the return of holdout Earl Thomas.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about Thomas and the outlook for the Seahawks this season.

Ben Torkelson / Chelan County Fire District 3 via AP

The sheer number of forest fires across the western United States has many pointing to climate change as a big reason for their intensity. But another issue is likely contributing to the problem: forest management.

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The University of Washington football team opens its season this weekend. The Huskies play Auburn Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a big game for a team that’s expected to have a stellar season.

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KNKX music host Abe Beeson is celebrating his 20th anniversary of hosting Evening Jazz. He sat down with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about his early days in radio and what he has planned to commemorate the milestone. 

You can join Abe for his 20th anniversary show tonight at 8 p.m. on KNKX.

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The Seattle Storm will play the Phoenix Mercury in the semi-final round of the WNBA playoffs. The first game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at KeyArena.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked to Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about how the Storm has stood out this season.

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The Mariners host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at Safeco Field. The team is coming off a road trip that included a lot of drama.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time since he was drafted by the Mariners in 2005, former American League Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez has been demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Mariners manager Scott Servais made the announcement Thursday night.

Felix, who pitched a perfect game in 2012, is having the worst season of his career this year as the team is vying for the playoffs.  KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel spoke by phone early Friday morning with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are at the end of a 20-year lease at Safeco Field. They’re asking for $180 million in public funding to help pay for upgrades and repairs at the stadium as part of a new, tentative lease agreement between the team and the King County Executive.

We hear what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about that in his chat this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Training camp is now underway for the Seattle Seahawks. There are a lot of changes this year. And there may be more as the team works to try to keep free safety Earl Thomas. He’s holding out for a contract extension and more money.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the storylines he’s following, which include the return of Russell Wilson.

Alex Garland / Seattle Weekly

Thursday is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border because of its “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Some kids were taken from their parents and sent to various facilities across the country: detention centers, converted warehouses and shelters.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

The Seattle Storm is on fire this season with the best record in the WNBA. And three Storm players were named league All-Stars this week: Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. For Sue Bird, it’s a season of records as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The news this week that a neck injury has ended the playing career of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is just the latest blow to Seahawks fans.

The team is going to look a lot different this fall – on the field and on the sidelines. That prompted KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to ask sports commentator Art Thiel about the impact on head coach Pete Carroll.

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There are more questions than answers in the news this week that Washington State University backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). He committed suicide in January.

Hilinski's death, as well as his physical and mental state before he killed himself, are the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88-5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Washington State University football coach Mike Leach caused a firestorm on social media this week. He tweeted out a doctored video of a speech by former president Barack Obama. His action and the response by the university are not sitting well with KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seattle wants to be part of the 2026 World Cup soccer tournament. It was announced this week that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the international competition in eight years.

Seattle is vying to be one of the 10 U.S. cities to host the games in North America. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick the city has a good chance but it’s not a certainty.

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With news this week that Howard Schultz plans to step down as chairman of Starbucks, speculation is swirling about whether he’ll run for political office - maybe even President. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a bad idea, based on his track record as an NBA owner.

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It’s quite a surprise for Mariners fans for the team to be close to first place in the American League West at this time of year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s happened so far and what might be in store for the rest of the season.

Melissa Hellmann

Conversations around immigration reform have come up a lot in the last few years. It's an issue that affects the Puget Sound region directly with thousands of highly-skilled workers from other countries living and working here because of the H1-B visa.

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We’re hearing reaction locally to the NFL’s new policy regarding the national anthem at football games. The league is mandating that players who are on the sidelines stand during the anthem. This comes after a season when many players sat down for the anthem in protest against social injustice and racial inequality. 

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about his reaction to the new policy.

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Mariners fans are seeing the debut of Dee Gordon at second base this weekend at Safeco Field. He’s moving from center field to his original position at second following Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension for use of a banned diuretic.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the fallout from the Cano bombshell.

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The 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival kicks off Thursday. It is said to be the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the country. More than 145,000 people are expected to attend the 25-day festival at several Seattle-area venues.

More than 400 films from 90 countries will be shown, with some films geared toward younger audiences. And, for the tenth year, SIFF has selected some young people to help judge which of those films are the best. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with three of them.

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The Okanagan River is pushing past its banks in eastern Washington because of rapid snowmelt in the mountains. It’s been more than 40 years since the area has seen this kind of event with emergency crews filling sandbags rather than preparing for wildfires.

This type of flooding, and the response, isn’t new for the people who live on the west side of the mountains in the Chehalis River Basin, with the most recent catastrophic flood happening about a decade ago.

MLB.com

He’s due to pitch one more road game this weekend but the Mariners are planning to honor James Paxton Fri., May 18, at Safeco Field. This, after he pitched a no-hitter this week in Toronto. It was just the sixth no-hitter in Mariners' history.

We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Fred Thornhill / Associated Press

Mariners pitcher James Paxton has become the sixth pitcher in team history to throw a no-hitter. It happened Tuesday night as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 5-0, in Toronto.

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Seattle leaders could vote on the proposed "head tax" for high-earning businesses as early as next week. Revenue from the controversial tax is meant to fund affordable housing initiatives and continue the city’s fight against homelessness.

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