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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is speaking to reporters after meeting with the House Democratic caucus. There are growing calls for an impeachment inquiry following reports that President Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Erin Hennessey, who has led the KNKX (previously KPLU) newsroom for 23 years, is transitioning into a new role focused on community engagement and education based out of the station’s downtown Tacoma studios. 

On her last day serving as news director, KNKX staff wished her well in a special on-air sendoff. Have a listen above. 


Alto Saxophonist Shaina Ellis from Central Washington University in Ellensburg will join Abe Beeson tonight (Sept. 5) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist. 

KNKX is moving its broadcast facility from Parkland, WA to our new studios in downtown Tacoma this evening, Wednesday 8/28.


The transition will require several broadcast switches and you may experience audio outages on our signals. 


KNKX 88.5 Seattle/Tacoma and KPLI 90.1 Olympia will experience minimal disruption.


KNKX Public Radio is pleased to announce that veteran journalist, producer and educator Florangela Davila is the station’s next news director, effective Sept. 9.  She succeeds Erin Hennessey, who has led the KNKX newsroom (formerly KPLU) for 23 years.


Please join us Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our new Tacoma studios located at 930 Broadway. We're throwing a block party between 9th and 11th on Broadway with live music, studio tours, food trucks, a beer garden and more. The event is free and open to the public. We hope you can come and help us celebrate as KNKX embarks on the next major chapter in our journey of independence.

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KNKX celebrates six alumni from our School of Jazz! Abe Beeson co-hosts the 8 o'clock hour tonight with young jazz musicians who are home from college. Listen to their stories and hear about the role that jazz plays in their lives today.  

U.S. Department of Justice
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live. 

From left to right: Sound Effect producer Jennifer Wing, youth and education reporter Ashley Gross and South Sound reporter Will James.
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KNKX Public Radio has earned three first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington. The Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards honored work published or broadcast across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska in 2018.

United States' Megan Rapinoe holds the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Claude Paris / The Associated Press

The U.S. women’s national team won the Women’s World Cup in France yesterday, a record fourth time, defeating the Dutch 2-0.

Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the tournament.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

UPDATE, June 27: It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks.



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KNKX Public Radio won big at the 2019 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) Conference on June 15. Sound Effect, the weekly storytelling show featuring stories inspired by the place we live, earned four national awards. The stories earned recognition in the Arts Feature, Short Documentary, Commentary and Sports Feature categories.


Tenor Saxophonist Evan Snoey from Ballard High School visited our studios June 6 at 8 p.m. as a guest DJ. Listen to his hour and read his playlist. 

Cameron Allen

Saxophonists Cameron Allen and Jonah Panzer from Stadium High School in Tacoma will take over our Seattle studios tonight (May 9) at 8 p.m. as guests DJs. Listen to the show and read a Q&A with Cameron and Jonah. 

South Sound reporter Will James (left) and Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer earned Edward R. Murrow awards in two categories: Feature Reporting and News Documentary, respectively.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

KNKX Public Radio has earned two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage in 2018. The awards, announced Tuesday morning, were received in News Documentary and Feature Reporting categories from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

James Carter is set to perform Saturday night at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma.
Monica Morgan / Courtesy of American International Artists

Multi-instrumentalist James Carter performs with Symphony Tacoma this Saturday evening, April 20, at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. "Saxophone Fusion" presents compositions derived from diverse cultures that feature the luscious sounds of the saxophone with the rich harmonies of the orchestra. 


Alto saxophonist Natalie Whitlock will join Abe Beeson tonight (April 4)  at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. She is a senior and plays in the jazz band at Edmonds Woodway High School. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist.  

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Bass player Bridget Shelton from Bainbridge High School will take over our KNKX studios as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 7). Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist. 

U.S. Capitol
James Doyle / NPR

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, is testifying on Capitol Hill today before the House Oversight Committee. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May, after pleading guilty to charges related to payments he made to two women who allege they had sexual encounters with Trump. Watch now as NPR News brings you live coverage of the testimony.


From Temple University Jazz Band in Philadelphia, freshman Preston Lee took over the eight o' clock hour on Feb. 7 as guest DJ at our KNKX studios. Listen to the show and read his playlist. 

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Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, is delivering the Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis.


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Meg Kelly / NPR

President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

U.S. Capitol
Liam James Doyle / NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind."

Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, immigration, national security and more are annotating his remarks live, adding context and analysis.

Tom Collins

KNKX presented its 22nd Holiday Jam and Live Broadcast on last month at the Historic Capitol Theater in Olympia, continuing the tradition of bringing yuletide cheer to the Northwest and showcasing some of the area's best student and regional jazz musicians. The concert was hosted by Abe Beeson and broadcast live on KNKX.

We had some wonderful guest student DJs from all over the region in 2018. For our first student DJ hour of 2019, which aired Jan. 3, Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson compiled 11 songs that appeared on student DJ playlists from last year.   

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Saxophone player Noah Barr and trumpet player Rafael de Ocampo — juniors from Redmond High School — graced the KNKX studios Dec. 6 as guest DJs for the evening. Listen to the show and read a Q&A with Barr. 

KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson hosted a recorded studio session with three dynamic combos at Jazz Port Townsend 2018.  The two trios and a quintet were there attending Centrum's 44th annual jazz workshop, experiencing a week filled with living and learning under the tutelage of some of the finest jazz musicians in the world.  The workshop is open to all ages of participants. 

'Tis the season!  This year's KNKX Holiday Jam Concert and Live Broadcast will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m in a new location — the Historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.

Your gift to KNKX Winter Drive helps fill a backpack with food for a child in need.

KNKX is thrilled to be partnering with Northwest Harvest again during our Winter Drive! Since the inception of this partnership in 2016, KNKX listeners have helped fill over 3,200 backpacks with food for children in need throughout our region.


Trumpet player Mauricio Hernandez plays for the Edmonds Community College Jazz Band and is KNKX's guest DJ on November 8 from 8 - 9 p.m. He also plays trumpet in the band, Mauricio & the Jazzhounds.