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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."

Ways to Connect

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The Super Bowl happens Sunday in Miami between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It will prominently feature two former Seahawks players. And that's not the only thing that may sting for Seahawks fans, as they lament what might have been. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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In a new development in the cheating scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles City Council has passed a measure asking the league to award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles. 

LA lost the World Series in 2017 to the Houston Astros, who were found to have cheated by using technology to steal pitching signs. The Boston Red Sox also are being investigated for this; the Dodgers lost the title to them in 2018.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says the council's move is "symbolic of the rage going on in baseball." He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the scandal, which involves one of the Mariners' division rivals.

Gun-rights supporters rally on the steps of the Washington Capitol, in Olympia, Wash., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
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The issue of gun control will once again be front and center in Olympia today. More hearings on proposed legislation are scheduled. Yesterday, people on both sides of the gun control debate packed a Senate hearing room to testify on some gun control measures. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins was there and talked more about it with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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"It's a deal that represents moving forward both from a WNBA perspective, but also in general, for women in sports and society." That's how Seattle Storm veteran Sue Bird described, in an interview with The Seattle Times, the tentative labor agreement reached this week between the WNBA and its players union.

Bird is a member of the Players Association executive committee. The eight-year contract still needs approval from the league's board of governors, but KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that it's a big improvement.

Capitol dome in Olympia in January 2020.
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The 2020 legislative session is in full swing in Olympia, after a historic first day yesterday. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins was there and talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what happened and what's on tap for the rest of this week. 

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What is it like writing speeches for the governor? Turns out it’s far less bureaucratic than the corporate world. During a break in her radio career, KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick worked at the state Capitol during Gov. Gary Locke’s second term. She worked in the communications office, alongside speechwriter Mike Wiegand.

The two reunited to talk about the art of writing for someone else — specifically, the leader of Washington state — as part of our KNKX Connects to Olympia series.

Snow falls on Lambeau Field during a game between the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis.
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The Seahawks face the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday in the NFC divisional playoffs. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the game and the team's history at Lambeau Field.

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We are less than a week from the start of the 2020 legislative session in Washington state. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the issues lawmakers are expected to tackle this year.

Philadelphia Eagles' Josh McCown, left, meets with Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson after an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. Seattle won 17-9.
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The Seattle Seahawks are moving on in the NFC playoffs. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday 17-9 in a wild-card playoff game. Next up, the Seahawks travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in the divisional round. 

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel was at the game yesterday, and talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about his impressions of the game.  

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The Seahawks play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday in a wild-card playoff matchup. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the game — and what led up to it — with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks will have the emotional edge over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night when the two teams battle it out at CenturyLink Field to see who wins the NFC West division of the National Football League.

After losing three running backs to injuries this month, the Seahawks have signed two former teammates to free-agent contracts. One of them is a fan favorite known as Beast Mode - Marshawn Lynch. The other is Robert Turbin. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Photos of Washington head coach Chris Petersen, left, and defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake are shown on the scoreboard at Husky Stadium after an announcement that Petersen is leaving his position and that Lake is assuming it in early December in Seattle.
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The Washington Huskies play the Boise State Broncos on Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl. We get a preview from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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As the state prepares to enter a new decade — and an election year with an interesting governor's race — we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that's happened in Washington in 2019. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins recaps the year with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half a game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
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The Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., this Sunday. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it will be a situation that's become familiar for the team this season.

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Washington’s 2020 legislative session is about a month away, and lawmakers already are prefiling bills they hope to get passed. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has been going over the list, and gave KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick a sneak peek of what’s on lawmakers’ minds.

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It comes down to passion. That's what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says is the difference between outgoing University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen and his successor Jimmy Lake. We're learning more about what went into Petersen's surprise announcement this week. Art talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

In this Feb. 8, 2012 file photo, state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, speaks at the Capitol in Olympia. A report on the investigation into Rep. Shea is due to the House this week.
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A report on the investigation into state Rep. Matt Shea is due to the House this week. Earlier this year, the House hired an outside firm to investigate whether Shea has engaged in, planned or promoted political violence. Since that investigation was launched, a lot more has happened involving Shea. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

It looks like the Reign FC will have a new majority owner. A deal announced this week with a major European soccer club is expected to be finalized by the end of January 2020. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what this means for the team and its fans.

Tim Eyman, a career anti-tax initiative promoter, holds up a t-shirt that reads "Let the Voters Decide," as he talks to reporters, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Tim Eyman, a career anti-tax initiative promoter, formally announced his entry into Washington’s 2020 governor’s race.

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Election results will be certified on Nov. 26. In Seattle, there are some new members of the City Council who won their elections despite a $1 million donation from Amazon that benefited their opponents. The controversial donation was made to the political action committee sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

So, how does the chamber plan to work with the new council? KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick sat down with Marilyn Strickland, the chamber's president and CEO, who's also the former mayor of Tacoma. 

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The University of Washington and Washington State football teams have one more weekend before they face each other in the annual Apple Cup game.

This year, it's being played at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. As KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick: what a difference a year makes!

In this July 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump is joined by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, second from right, as he arrives at Melsbroek Air Base in Brussels, Belgium.
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The United States Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, testifies Thursday in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Sondland was involved in the president's communications with Ukranian officials that are now under scrutiny. Sondland has strong personal and professional ties to the Pacific Northwest. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner about Sondland's ties to the Pacific Northwest.

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If you're a Seattle sports fan, this week was epic. You celebrated a second Major League Soccer championship for the Sounders and a big overtime win for the Seahawks in Monday Night Football. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it all with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Sounders host Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer championship match Sunday at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders have been to the playoffs every year of their 11-year existence in Major League Soccer. It's a recipe for success that has been in place since day one, especially when it comes to record fan attendance.

Matt Pentz covers the Sounders for The Athletic and wrote a book about the team. He talked about the Sounders' winning ways with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan, center, celebrates after he scored a goal against Toronto FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Seattle. The Sounders won 3-2.
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Tickets went on sale Friday for the Major League Soccer championship match in Seattle on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Seattle Sounders will host Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final, for the third time in four seasons.

The Sounders beat Toronto to win the MLS Cup in 2016, but lost to them in the championship match the following year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the matchup and the history with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seven of the nine Seattle City Council positions are up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election. Amazon recently donated $1 million to the political action committee for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to promote candidates seen as more business friendly.

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The Seahawks play the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday. It's a game the Seahawks are expected to win because they have a better record. The Seahawks have five wins and two losses. The Falcons are 1-6. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick the Seahawks have some glaring problems that they're trying to address.

Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones (33), midfielder Jordy Delem (21) and defender Roman Torres (29) clap with the crowd after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in San Jose, Calif.
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Both of the region's professional soccer teams have playoff games this weekend. The Seattle Sounders host FC Dallas on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Reign FC play the North Carolina Courage on the road Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A life-size, bronze statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell stands outside the Museum of Pop Culture a day after its unveiling, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Seattle.
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Seattle-born band Soundgarden and Seattle resident Dave Matthews are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, alongside the late musical icons Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. 

An election worker stacks ballots into a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Renton.
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Washington’s 18-day voting period begins Friday. That means ballots will start appearing in mailboxes and voters will have some decisions to make. KNKX is preparing a special election series to inform you as you fill out those mail-in ballots.

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