Jake Ellison

Online Managing Editor

Jake Ellison is central to providing overall accuracy, timeliness and creativity to KPLU's online product. He has spent over 17 years in the news business, 10 of which were as a reporter, editor and online producer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He spent the last third of those years working solely in the online environment as a writer, curator and editor and has the distinction of being among Seattle's pioneering web-first reporters.

Jake has won a number of journalism awards and honors, been a panelist and speaker on journalism and leadership, and has a Masters Degree in creative writing.


1:42 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

What should the agency in charge of marijuana licensing be called?

Now that Washington voters have put the State Liquor Control Board in charge of coming up with the rules and process for licensing the growing and selling of marijuana, we're wondering what the agency's new name should be.

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2:37 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

What Seattle’s NBA arena might look like

A conceptual design of the new Seattle NBA arena, set up for basketball.
360 Architecture City of Seattle

City and county officials said yes to the $490 million deal, so Chris Hansen et al. have submitted a preliminary design for the proposed NBA arena to be located in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.

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Seattle city news
2:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Superheroes Inc. – Does Seattle need Phoenix Jones and his superhero team?

Phoenix Jones and his team of superheroes.
Courtesy of Phoenix Jones

The superhero phenomenon in Seattle led by Phoenix Jones is becoming a staple of nightlife in some of the violent and crime-ridden parts of the city.

It’s also turning into something like an official organization with dues paying members, health insurance and company cars. And, the team’s self-shot street videos continue to raise questions about the superheroes’ presence in the city …

The business side of superhero life

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Marijuana legalization
2:09 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

4 things to remember about possessing legal marijuana

You can have marijuana but not buy it legally. That's one of four things to remember when Dec. 6 rolls around.
The Associated Press

Okay, on Dec. 6 we can legally have pot in our pockets. But there are still at least four things to consider when contemplating your first legal marijuana possession – not counting how or if the federal laws will be enforced.

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2012 Elections
10:51 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Report: Same-sex marriage foes redouble efforts against Starbucks

Starbucks said pre-elections that it will treat customers with respect regardless of their position on the issue.
The Associated Press

With the passage of laws approving same-sex marriages in several states including Washington, the National Organization for Marriage says it will keep up its efforts to make Starbucks suffer for its support of the laws.

The Colorado Independent, an online news organization, reported NOM’s efforts against Starbucks will be focused in the Middle East. The news org said it got the information from a news conference.

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Japanese tsunami
12:13 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Resurgence of tsunami debris likely; Washington finally has plan

A piece of debris that washed up on a beach in Ocean Shores, Wash., in June.
The Associated Press

Winter winds and ocean currents are expected to deposit more debris on the Washington coast from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

State Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent says the amount of debris declined over the summer after peaking in June, but it could pick up as weather patterns shift.

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10:55 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Spooky self-portrait by Curiosity rover

This is Curiosity ... on Mars
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

On Mars, Curiosity took a moment or two for self-identification, as if to say, this is me on Mars. The composite image however, almost looks as if Curiosity had a visitor.

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11:31 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Legal marijuana and charter schools pulling away in latest poll

The initiative to legalize marijuana possession and set up a state-licensed distribution system appears headed to victory.

Initiatives to legalize marijuana and create charter schools in Washington are pulling away toward approval in the latest poll by The Washington Poll and KCTS9. The poll is a project of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Washington.

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First person
1:42 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Bill Gates is being a Halloween buzzkill with his healthy candy

This is Bill Gates' house: A large mansion in the side of a hill which is overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, according to Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Commons

Doesn’t this guy ever let his hair down? It’s Halloween! A long and important tradition, at least as far as I remember, was getting far too much candy and then hoarding it for months. (A parallel tradition only surfaced sometime after the 1980s: fighting over how much of the trick-or-treat take our kids were going to keep.)

Now though, there’s “healthier” candy … where’s the fun in that?

Well, Bill Gates is still just the second richest man in the world … so he has to stay on his game, evidently. So, he wrote on his blog that he’s enamored of great tasting candy that’s suppos’ to be good for you.

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earthquake science
10:56 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Update: Tsunami waves smaller than expected in Hawaii 
after quake

Pretty easy to see where the latest strong earthquake was in this screen grab of the real-time earthquake map by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.

HONOLULU – A geologist tracking a tsunami in Hawaii says the first waves hitting shore are smaller than expected.

Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Saturday night the largest wave was measured at 5 feet in Maui in the first 45 minutes.

Warning changes

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had issued a tsunami warning for all Hawaiian islands Saturday night, hours after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off Canada's west coast. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed an emergency, mobilizing extra safety measures.

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1:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

How a Boeing worker invented computer graphics for movies

A screen grab from former-Seattleite Loren Carpenter's groundbreaking movie "Vol Libre."

In a blast from the past, the public radio show Bullseye dug up Seattle’s connection to the first video showing the genesis of computer-generated images or graphics in movies.

In 1980, Boeing employee and University of Washington graduate Loren Carpenter presented a two-minute computer generated movie call “Vol Libre” that almost immediately revolutionized moviemaking.

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Cafe Racer Killings
6:28 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Video: How police confronted the Café Racer killer

In this screen grab from the Seattle Police Foundation video, Ian Stawicki can be seen walking in West Seattle just before shooting himself.

In a video presented at the Seattle Police Foundation’s awards banquet Friday the two officers presented with Excellence Awards explained how they found and confronted the Café Racer killer.

On May 30, Ian Stawicki shot and killed four people at the café in north Seattle and wounded another. He later killed a woman in downtown Seattle in a carjacking. He then drove the woman’s car to West Seattle where he shot and killed himself as police closed in.

World's Fair Anniversary
5:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Update: The 'Trees' design wins Space Needle contest

The design that will adorn the top of the Space Needle.

The contest for designing the top of the Seattle Space Needle went from six choices to one - trees.

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2:02 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Study: Kids get developmental boost from phones, social media

“What they’re doing is different from generations of teenagers from before the digital era, but it comes from the same place of basic developmental needs. It’s just that they’re using different tools to satisfy these needs,” said a UW researcher.
Summer Skyes 11 Flickr

Instead of increasing kids’ isolation, a new study from the University of Washington suggests life on the digital frontier is helping kids reach developmental milestones.

Phones and social media help kids share personal problems and build a sense of belonging, the UW noted in a press release.

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Zombie apocalypse?
9:40 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Video: Haunting time-lapse of Seattle without people

A screen grab from the video Empty Seattle.

What would Seattle look like with all of its people gone? Well, Los Angeles film director Ross Ching wondered the same thing, but not just about Seattle.

Ching’s ongoing time-lapse video project called the Empty America series has been to San Francisco and now Seattle. He intends to do New York City and Washington D.C. next. His video of an "empty Seattle" was published this morning.

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