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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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Photo courtesy of Ruth Dickey

Friday is Ruth Dickey's last day as head of Seattle Arts and Lectures. Dickey has been at the helm of the literary arts organization since 2013. She will soon be the new executive director of the National Book Foundation, which is the presenter of one of the most prestigious awards in the literary world — the National Book Awards.

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The NFL draft is underway. The Seattle Seahawks have three picks this year - the fewest in franchise history. We did hear from Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll this week. But the main topic wasn't the draft: It was quarterback Russell Wilson. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Daffodils bloom outside the Legislative Building on April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia.
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With the legislative session now over, Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's next for some of the key legislation that was passed.

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The Seattle Sounders are on the road for their second Major League Soccer match this season. They play Los Angeles FC Saturday afternoon. The Sounders won their first match last week at Lumen Field. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

The dome of the Legislative Building is shown next to cherry blossoms, Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia.
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State lawmakers are in the final week of their legislative session, and there is still a lot to address: budget, capital gains, climate issues, drug possession laws and more.

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The Seattle Seahawks continue to make moves ahead of the NFL draft later this month. The latest acquisition happened this week with the signing of defensive end Aldon Smith. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

People enjoy a sunny day outside the Washington state Capitol.
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Changes are happening on the COVID front in Washington this week. Three counties are moving back to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan. That announcement comes as all Washingtonians age 16 and older are about to become eligible for the COVID vaccine.

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Just in time for the debut of the Seattle Kraken hockey team this fall, the monorail is getting a major revamp. The one-mile line connects Westlake Center and Seattle Center, home to Climate Pledge Arena. 

Starting Monday, monorail service will be suspended until April 30. After that, the monorail will remain open through the rest of the construction process. 

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The Gonzaga men's basketball team came close this week to being the first undefeated national champions since 1976. But they lost to Baylor in the title game. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick  have a look at the history of this successful program and what's in store for its future.

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme loses control of the ball ahead of Baylor guard Mark Vital, rear, during the second half of the championship game in the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament  April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana.
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It was a near-historic season for the Gonzaga men's basketball team. The Zags from Spokane lost to Baylor Monday night in the NCAA championship game, 86-70. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel joined Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick live to talk about the game and the Zags' season.

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The Seattle Mariners' 2021 season is officially underway. They're hosting the San Francisco Giants for three games at T-Mobile Park. Fans are back but in a limited capacity under Phase 3 of the state's COVID reopening plan. We learn more about the season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Kate Olson at Seattle Art Museum, Tim Kennedy in background
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After being hit hard by the pandemic, local jazz musicians like saxophonist Kate Olson hope the public will again support live music as venues reopen.

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The NCAA basketball tournament resumes Saturday with the Sweet 16 matchups. On the men's side, this follows a wild five days of upsets, led by the Pac-12 Conference. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Elgin Baylor, 6-foot-5 center for Seattle University, with an average of 34.4 scoring points per game, is seen in this Feb. 14, 1958, photo, in Seattle.
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Local and national basketball legend Elgin Baylor is being remembered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Baylor died Monday at the age of 86.

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The Seattle Seahawks made some moves in free agency this week. And it looks like their highest-paid player is staying put. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with kindergartners in Chelsea Singh's class during a visit to Firgrove Elementary School in Puyallup on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.
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As the state prepares to move into Phase 3 of the pandemic reopening plan next week, Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an emergency proclamation requiring all school districts to provide in-person learning options by next month. This is happening as lawmakers continue the legislative session, mostly remotely.

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The Gonzaga men's basketball team will find out Sunday where they will be seeded in the NCAA tournament. They're expected to be ranked No. 1 overall since they're entering the tournament with an undefeated record. It's quite a contrast to how the seasons went for the University of Washington and Washington State University, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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Seattle Storm fans are celebrating this week's announcement that Sue Bird has signed on for her 20th season with the team. Bird has helped bring four WNBA championships to the city. And her achievements don't end there, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Attorney James Bible, bottom right, and the family of the late Manuel Ellis are seen at a press conference in June. On Friday, Bible announced the family's plan to seek $30 million in damages in a lawsuit against the city of Tacoma.
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Wednesday marks one year since Manuel Ellis was killed by Tacoma police. The 33-year-old Black man was heard on video saying he couldn't breathe as officers restrained him following an altercation that began when police say they saw Ellis trying to open the door of a car that wasn't his. His death was ruled a homicide.

A pedestrian makes his way along a waterfront as downtown Seattle is partially hidden in a steady rain beyond Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
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It’s been one year since health officials announced the nation’s first death from COVID-19 here in western Washington.

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It was a stressful first week of spring training for the Seattle Mariners. The team's president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after controversial comments he made to a Bellevue Rotary club went viral. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Cranes have become more familiar fixtures of the Tacoma skyline as growth has increased in the City of Destiny in recent years.
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Tacoma has been outfitting police officers with body-worn cameras since mid-December, with a goal of having all of them deployed by the end of March. Now, the city is on track to finish that process a month early.

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The Seattle Mariners begin spring training workouts next week in Arizona. And a familiar face is back. Starting pitcher James Paxton has signed a one-year deal with the team worth $8.5 million. We learn more about Paxton's return and the Mariners' 2021 season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Capitol dome in Olympia in January 2020.
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This is the first week that every region in Washington is in Phase 2 of the state's COVID recovery plan. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick live Tuesday morning to talk about the latest in the state's pandemic response as well as what's happening in the Legislature this week.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made news this week in more ways than one. He was honored as the NFL's Man of the Year for his charitable work. But in interviews after the award, he expressed serious concerns about the Seahawks' offense. What does that say about his future with the team? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A trial will take place in April for a former member of the Seattle Seahawks who is charged with felony domestic violence. Chad Wheeler was arraigned this week. Authorities accuse him of violently attacking his girlfriend in their Kent apartment last month. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. (Warning: Details of this story are disturbing.) 

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The Seattle Seahawks have hired Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as the team's new offensive coordinator. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick take a closer look at the impact he might have on the team.

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With the Seahawks' early exit from the playoffs this season, many fans are wondering what the team will do in the offseason. Some questions were answered this week, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:40 p.m. at Lumen Field. We get a preview from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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We are taking a look back at the top Seattle sports stories of 2020. But it's not a typical countdown, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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