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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 first half of the college football season didn't exactly go as planned for University of Washington and Washington State fans. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some setbacks for both teams.

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A new law signed this week in California will allow college athletes to eventually make money from advertising that uses their name and image. It's similar to legislation that was introduced in Washington this past legislative session but never made it to a vote. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it's time to force the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to change its ways.

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Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez took the mound for the final time Thursday night in Seattle. The All-Star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner has thrown a perfect game and a no hitter in the 15 years he has spent in Seattle. But along with those highs came some lows.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the career of King Felix.  

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The Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. The Saints will be without star quarterback Drew Brees. As KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, the game could contain some surprises.

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel contributed to our KNKX Connects to Tacoma project this week. A native of Tacoma, Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how the city is on its way to becoming a major player in the region's sports scene. 

The Grand Cinema is a nonprofit movie theater in Tacoma.
Amelia Vaugh / Courtesy of The Grand

The Grand Cinema is more than a theater — it’s like Tacoma’s living room. It’s where people come together not only to watch and appreciate films, but also to engage in conversation with their neighbors about those films. 

“There are a lot of theaters where movies are played,” said Jamika Scott, a board member for the nonprofit, in a conversation with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. “But the difference is The Grand is an organization that was bred out of love for the community, and is sustained by the community.”

Dawn Akerman and her brother Fred pose while having lunch together before he returned to the hospital in June.
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Editor's note: Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins first reported this story Monday. Today, he talked in more detail about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. Listen to their conversation above, read his in-depth story below, and  listen to his on-air feature here

In recent months, court commissioners on both sides of the Cascades have found the state of Washington in contempt, and even imposed fines, over access to state psychiatric care for people with severe developmental disabilities.

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Sonics legend Jack Sikma is now a Hall of Famer. He was inducted into Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame over the weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. KNKX sports commentator, and Sportspress Northwest co-founder, Art Thiel was there and he talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney rushes during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Clowney was traded to the Seattle Seahawks from the Houston Texans and makes his debut in Seattle on Sunday.
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The Seahawks open their regular season at home on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals. It will be the first time fans will see the team’s newest acquisition, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, in action. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says Clowney has changed his whole outlook on the team’s chances this year.

In this photo, Christopher Davis, who is autistic and nonverbal, is shown restrained to his hospital bed in Spokane. He has been hospitalized for more than eight months without a medical need to be there.
Courtesy of Deborah Davis

Editor's note: This story originally published Aug. 29. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked more about it on Morning Edition with Kirsten Kendrick. Listen and revisit in-depth reporting from Jenkins. 

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The University of Washington and Washington State University football teams begin their 2019 seasons on Saturday. The Huskies host Eastern Washington University in Seattle at noon, and the Cougars host New Mexico State in Pullman at 7 p.m. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel about how both teams look this year.

Former NFL football quarterback Jim Zorn, right, shakes hands with XFL Football Commissioner Oliver Luck, left, as Zorn is introduced as the head coach for Seattle's XFL football team, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Seattle.
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The Seattle Seahawks open the regular season at home Sept. 8, and football fans have plenty of NFL matchups to keep them satiated through the new year. But what happens when February rolls around? Next year, fans have a new professional team to look forward to, and sports commentator Art Thiel tells Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that it should be a legitimate league.

The Sounders added new members to its ownership group this week, including Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, hip-hop artist Macklemore, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and others to its ownership group this week upon Roth’s exit.
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"It's the beginning of a new era." That's how KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel describes the new names added to the Seattle Sounders ownership group this week. It's the topic of his most recent chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll yells as players, including middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, center-left, run a drill July 29 during training camp in Renton. Wagner agreed to a contract extension with the team this week.
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The next Seahawks season is upon us. Training camp is underway and the team plays its first exhibition game Aug. 8, against the Denver Broncos at home. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how the season is shaping up.  

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing for his second nationally televised Democratic presidential debate this week in Detroit. It will be held tonight and tomorrow night. Inslee will appear on Wednesday night, sharing the stage with candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about what to expect with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Dmitri Matheny Group is amon the many friends of KNKX who have performed at Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club over the years. The group will perform Aug. 7, about a month before Tula's will close for good.
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September marks the end of an era for Seattle jazz performers and fans: the closure of Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. It’s a real blow to jazz in Seattle, says Abe Beeson, KNKX’s resident jazz expert and host of The New Cool.

“It’s really been the central headquarters of the Northwest jazz community,” Beeson told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Daniel Vogelbach hits a three-run homer during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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If you've been thinking there are more home runs than usual in Major League Baseball these days, you're right. It looks like the league is going to set a record this year for the number of home runs hit in a season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why this is happening.

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More than 30 gray whales have washed ashore in Washington state this year. But that’s only a fraction of the number of stranded whales seen along the West Coast between Mexico and Alaska. This "unusual mortality event" (UME) has triggered an investigation by researchers, though answers won't come quickly.

John Calambokidis, a biologist who co-founded Olympia-based Cascadia Research Institute, has been trying to understand the whale strandings in Washington state. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick via Skype about what’s happening and how we may only be seeing a fraction of the problem.  

Former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he addresses a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Seattle. Martinez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday.
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Edgar Martinez, the beloved designated hitter who spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. 

Finally. 

“It took 10 years for the baseball world to understand Edgar’s contribution and status,” KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick in their weekly chat. 

census form
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Every 10 years, the population of the United States gets counted. The actual census starts in March of next year, with a first-ever digital rollout of forms. By April, paper copies are sent to those who haven't already filled out the information online. 

Even though the count doesn't begin for several months, there's work being done by organizations to get the word out about the importance of taking part. Washington Census Alliance Manager Kamau Chege says his group has focused specifically on populations that are historically undercounted, including people of color. 

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, speaks to the press before the start of the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami.
Brynn Anderson / The Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee was able to raise more than $3 million in the second quarter of this year. He’s still far behind some of his fellow Democratic candidates in the race for president in 2020. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has updates on fundraising totals, as well as possible decisions Inslee may need to make regarding his status in the presidential race. 

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Taxpayer money would be required to help build a proposed soccer complex in Tacoma. But is there support to use public funding for a sports-related project when the region is dealing with a homelessness crisis? It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Mount Rainier is surrounded in a haze of wildfire smoke.
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While the east side of the Cascades is no stranger to wildfires, communities in Western Washington are preparing for the possibility of bigger and more frequent fires.

In two interviews with KNKX Public Radio, officials with the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service share their insights into the unique challenges of preventing and fighting wildfires in Western Washington.

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the National Education Association Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is heading east this week to campaign for the presidency. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins gave Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick an update on the governor’s bid, and what it could mean for Inslee now that billionaire Tom Steyer has entered the race.

“What’s notable is just how much time the governor is spending on the campaign trail,” Jenkins said. “If you want to run for president...you gotta get out there and press the flesh.”

Inslee is heading to the East Coast, with stops in New York and Washington, D.C., before heading back to Iowa.

The Mariners' Daniel Vogelbach celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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Major League Baseball's All-Star game takes place Tuesday, July 9, in Cleveland. The Mariners' lone representative is Daniel Vogelbach. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the selection and how the team is doing midseason.

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Reign FC and U.S. women's national team star Megan Rapinoe is standing by her comment that she would not go to the White House and meet with President Trump, if the defending champions win the World Cup again.

They're one step closer to that goal after Friday's 2-1 win over France in the quarterfinals, which saw Rapinoe scoring both U.S. goals like she did against Spain earlier in the week.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the controversy that swirled around Rapinoe this week.

Mariners pitcher Gerson Bautista works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on June 15, 2019, in Oakland, California.
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Watching a Major League Baseball game has become more like going to a music concert. The use of opening pitchers is becoming more common. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the trend with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves after speaking during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, California.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing for his first Democratic presidential debate, which will be held over two nights next week in Miami.

Inslee is one of 10 candidates who will be on stage the first night, Wednesday, June 26. Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the debate and the latest on Inslee's presidential campaign.

McNeil Island
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Laura McCollum, who was profiled in Episode 2 of Forgotten Prison, has been conditionally released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Hosts Simone Alicea and Paula Wissel spoke with KNKX's Kirsten Kendrick about what that means.

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Two celebrations in the sports world caused controversies this week. One involved Toronto Raptors fans in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The other involved the U.S. women's national soccer team at the World Cup.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the issue of sportsmanship with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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