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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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In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, safety Jamal Adams of the New York Jets walks off the field at halftime during the NFL Pro Bowl game in Orlando, Fla. The Seahawks acquired Adams in a trade on July 25, 2020.
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The Seattle Seahawks are wrapping up their first week of training camp at their headquarters in Renton. The focus is on the regular season now that the NFL has canceled all preseason games due to the pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it all with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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What's in a name? It turns out, a lot.

We find out what went into naming Seattle's new professional hockey team the Kraken — and we get a history lesson in the process — from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Now that Washington, D.C.'s NFL team has announced that it's going to change its controversial name, we are taking a closer look at the use of Native American references in sports. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel shared his thoughts with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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Protesters demonstrating on Interstate 5 dates back to the 1970s. It was an epic moment in Seattle's history — and one that the mayor and officials allowed in an effort to address the public's outrage over the Vietnam War.

Dr. Trevor Griffey co-founded the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington. He currently serves as a lecturer in U.S. History and Labor Studies in Southern California.

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With more than 140 cases of COVID-19 confirmed among students on the University of Washington's Greek Row, there are a lot of questions about how this will affect school and sports. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

An empty T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners.
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The Mariners are moving quickly to get ready for a shortened 2020 season. Major League Baseball announced this week that all teams will report to their home cities by July 1. There are currently no plans to have fans at the games because of the pandemic. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, lets out a yell in the team huddle after the Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 in a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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The Seattle Storm and the other 11 teams in the WNBA will head to Florida next month to begin a shortened season amid the coronavirus pandemic. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, left, surveys downtown Seattle with Police Chief Carmen Best on Sunday, May 31, 2020, following protests the night before.
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Calls continue to defund police in Seattle, following weeks of protests over police brutality and racism sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has refused to cut the police budget by 50 percent. But, she says, for bigger change you have to look beyond the budget. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked more about this with Durkan.

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The stage is set for Major League Soccer to resume play this year. A tournament begins next month in Orlando. The defending champion Seattle Sounders were given the top seed in a group that features other Western Conference clubs FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the tourament details with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seahawks players are speaking out about the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed. Some of the strongest words have come from quarterback Russell Wilson. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A friend of Manuel Ellis, who died in the custody of Tacoma police in March, holds a sign demanding justice after Ellis' death was ruled a homicide. Four officers involved are now on leave.
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Nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are hitting home especially hard in Tacoma, after the Pierce County medical examiner ruled the death of Manuel Ellis a homicide. In March, Ellis died in handcuffs while Tacoma police restrained him. The cause of death was respiratory arrest. 

Jamika Scott is an organizer who has worked with Ellis' family to bring attention to his death. 

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Good news for OL Reign fans. It looks like the National Women's Soccer League will be the first professional sports organization in the country to return to action amid the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the plan to have all teams play in Utah starting at the end of June.

An empty T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners. Major League Baseball owners have made a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans.
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Major League Baseball players are considering a plan from team owners that would start the season in July despite the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the details with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Lynn Shelton, left, directed the film "Sword of Trust," that opens the Seattle International Film Festival tonight. She's pictured with Marc Maron, comedian and star of the film. Both of them stopped by the KNKX studios ahead of the screening.
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Editor’s note: Seattle-based filmmaker and television director Lynn Shelton has died. Shelton reportedly died in the early hours Saturday, May 16, of a blood disorder. She was 54. Shelton was born in Ohio but was raised in Seattle, and often spoke of her deep love for the city and the Pacific Northwest. The area was frequently the setting for her movies. Shelton was in the KNKX studios a year ago, along with actor Marc Maron, to talk with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about their film "Sword of Trust," which was the opening film at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. (This story originally aired May 16, 2019.) 

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Professional sports organizations in the U.S. continue to try to figure out how to start — or salvage — their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Soccer is considering a plan that would put all teams in Florida next month. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major League Baseball has a new plan to try to start the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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A special enrollment period for health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic is about to end in Washington.

The deadline to sign up for a plan through the state’s health benefit exchange is Friday.

Michael Marchand, chief marketing officer for the exchange, says the special enrollment period first opened in March following the governor’s emergency declaration. It was extended in April.

Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson runs past Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark for a first down during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis.
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A lot of comings and goings for the Seahawks in the offseason, as they try to figure out their 2020 team. Will they be better than last year? Who is still missing? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it all with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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For the first time in eight years, the Seahawks used their own pick to a take a player in the first round of the NFL draft. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the selection and what he expects from the team for the rest of the draft with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major League Baseball has joined the fight against the novel coronavirus. Most of the league's 30 teams, including the Mariners, are participating in a study that will help researchers learn more about the infection rate of COVID-19. 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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Major League Baseball is considering a plan that would start the season as soon as mid-May, despite the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that the idea is pretty out there.

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It's business as usual for the NFL despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The league held a teleconference with members of the media this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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Athletes from Washington state are among those impacted by the postponement of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Games will now happen in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the decision — and the future of the Olympics — with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the sports world. Major League Soccer has further postponed its 2020 season for eight more weeks. On Thursday, the league said it remains focused on playing the entire season and that it's "evaluating all options."

Meanwhile, the National Football League has not had to take any action regarding its season, at least not yet. And the league actually conducted business this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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British Columbia also is dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Canadian province that shares a border with Washington has had more than 30 people test positive for COVID-19 and has recorded its first death. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with reporter Craig McCulloch in Vancouver, B.C. on March 10, 2020.

A man makes use of a hand-sanitizing station at CenturyLink Field prior to an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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With the novel coronavirus outbreak continuing to grow in the Seattle area, a lot of people are working from home and rethinking large public gatherings. Right now, Saturday night's soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew is still happening at CenturyLink Field. Fans who do attend will find additional hand sanitizer stations and cleaning wipes at concession stands.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how major health threats have impacted sports in our region — past and present. 

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As spring training gets underway for the Mariners and other teams in Major League Baseball, a lot of anger is being directed at the Houston Astros. They were found to have cheated by using technology to steal pitching signs. This happened throughout the 2017 season, when they won the World Series, and in the 2018 season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout from the scandal with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

People gather at the sundial in front of the Legislative Building, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during a blue-sky day.
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Tomorrow is the deadline for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin in the Legislature. There are several measures that have generated a lot of interest, but have yet to move through the chamber in which they originated. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has the details in his weekly conversation with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners' pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week. This comes after the team's No. 1 starting pitcher, Marco Gonzales, agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it's the start of a slow turnaround.

A pedestrian walks past a sign for the Iowa Caucuses on a downtown skywalk, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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We may not yet know the results of the Iowa caucuses, due to problems with an app used to report the results. But the first contest of the 2020 presidential election season may have a lot of people thinking about what's going to happen here in Washington.

Our presidential primary takes place on March 10. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks more about what to expect with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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