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.

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City news
11:38 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Update: ‘Grrrl Army’ causing a stir in Seattle with pink paint

Part of the Grrrl Army's work on the abandoned Thunderbird Motel on Aurora Ave in Seattle.
Grrrl Army Tumblr

What appears to have started as a battle over wall space for posters on Seattle’s Capitol Hill has morphed into an increasingly high-profile call to action against patriarchy, “rape culture,” sexism and, well, “inequality and oppression.”

A call to action that the group Seattle Grrrl Army announces in bright bold pink.

UPDATE: Members of the Grrrl Army explain their tactics

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Law
9:04 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Robbery in the ‘Jungle’ results in bite wounds

A man and his friend were robbed in the wooded area along the west side of Beacon Hill. One of the victims sustained “gruesome” bite wounds during the assault and robbery.

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Troubles in space
4:18 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that

This is a computer-generated image provided by the European Space Agency showing an artist’s impression of catalogued objects in low-Earth orbit viewed over the Equator. (Scale not to size)
The Associated Press

Here’s a solution for space junk – gas it.

A Boeing engineer from Seattle, Michael Dunn, has filed a patent for a method of dragging parts, pieces and defunct satellites into the atmosphere where they will burn up.

Geek speak: “… the method comprising hastening orbital decay of the debris by creating a transient gaseous cloud at an altitude of at least 100 km above Earth, the cloud having a density sufficient to slow the debris so the debris falls into Earth's atmosphere,” according to the document.

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Business
3:00 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Reports: Tully's Coffee files for bankruptcy

The company plans to close more stores, too.
Michael Pick Flickr

The Seattle coffee chain Tully's Coffee, sometimes lost in the shadow of the much more successful Starbucks, has filed for bankruptcy protection and hopes to renegotiate its real estate debt, report several news sources.

The Seattle Times says the company is no longer burdened by huge debt but it is cash poor and will likely close more stores.

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Diversions
3:36 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Seattle’s latest rising star? Colonel Meow

An image of the Colonel from his Facebook page.

Okay – it’s a cat post on the Internets … but, hey, he’s from Seattle and he’s a rising star! And, he’s funny (though he has a bit of a potty mouth).

Colonel Meow hit Facebook on Aug. 9 and has quickly risen to 60,000 … make that 60,055 …  60,219 ... you get the idea. (Just now at 67,686)

Update 10-10: Though he won't give us the time of day, the colonel was on Anderson Cooper Live today. He wasn't too talkative but his owner Anne Marie Avey said his hair/fur is natural and then she gave Cooper a pretty good lead into his fracas with Star Jones.

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Justin Bieber in Tacoma
4:25 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Not a 'Belieber' but your kid is? Options for tonight's Justin Bieber concert

Musician Justin Bieber performs during the Believe Tour at Staples Center on Oct. 2 in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press

Teen music sensation and hairstyle-trendsetter Justin Bieber will be singing in a sold-out Tacoma Dome on Tuesday night. That means something like 23,000 kids* will be dropped off by parents looking to while away a few hours.

Enter the LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) and its “Parental Daycare.”

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Earthquake science
1:38 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The earth's shaking a record amount in the Northwest

The range and path of the current episodic tremor and slip event still going on. You can interact with this map at http://www.pnsn.org/tremor.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

The Puget Sound region is experiencing a record “episodic tremor and slip” event, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

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Boeing Dreamliner
11:59 am
Mon October 1, 2012

First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac

A Boeing 787 operated by All Nippon Airways taxis under a rainbow created by fire trucks at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

SEATAC, Wash. — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.

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Wolf reintroduction
1:37 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense

Screen grab from a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife video of a wolf in the Wedge portion of the Colville National Forest, west of the Columbia River, a few miles from the Canadian border.

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

However, emotions have run strong over the decision, and debate over wolf management in the Northwest will likely remain intense.

“We know these issues spark strong feelings among Washington residents across the state, which is why we are committed to conducting our business openly and transparently,” Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson said in a press release.

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Illusions
11:46 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Video update: The making of two giant arachnids at Seattle Center

One of two giant harvestmen painted on a roof at the Seattle Center, as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Earlier this month, we wrote about the creation of two huge “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center. The harvestmen, created by 3-D mural artist Marlin Peterson, cast long shadows and look pretty darn realistic (considering the widest span between leg tips is 100 feet).

Peterson has released a two-minute video showing the creation of the spiders from concept to paint:

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Microsoft and immigration
2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce

The risk of waiting for the education of American workers to catch up and fill high-tech jobs, Microsoft said, is that unfilled high-tech jobs could migrate overseas.
Robert Scoble Flickr

With 6,000 high-tech jobs on the table, Microsoft said today it has a pay-to-play plan that would increase the number of H-1B visas to the U.S. by 20,000 and raise more than $500 million for education.

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diversions
5:38 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities

They dinged us for rain, big surprise, but that wasn't enough to knock us out of the running.
Terence T.S. Tam Flickr

Seattle is the second-best city in the country, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The news org evaluated and ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities and published its results today.

San Francisco grabbed the gold ring at No. 1.

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520 floating bridge
5:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

'Food Bridge' wins design contest for old 520 floating bridge

The "South Park Food Bridge" – submitted by David Dahl and Nicole Lew, both of Seattle – would span parts of the Duwamish River waterfront with parks and gardens.
Courtesy of Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

A design for parks and gardens on the South Park neighborhood's waterfront won the international competition to create a use for the old 520 floating bridge pontoons, according to the competition's Facebook page. The "Food Bridge" would be set afloat along the Duwamish River.

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Weather
2:20 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Video: Plenty of superior mirages this summer – here's a great one

Weather aficionado Greg Johnson calls this image looking at Bush Point from his home in Hansville on the Kitsap Peninsula the "Bush Point Condos."
Greg Johnson Skunk Bay Weather Blog

Greg Johnson, a Puget Sound weather aficionado, was recently called out by KPLU’s own weather expert Cliff Mass for a unique video that shows the development of superior mirages during the day. And, with our string of sunny days, there has been plenty of opportunity to see the mirages this summer.

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washington wildfires
12:33 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Video: Air-to-ground firefighting footage near Wenatchee

Screen grab from the Washington National Guard video showing its air-to-ground firefighting efforts near Wenatchee.

This 3-minute video (below) provides a unique perspective of the wildfire mission from a Washington Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter as it scoops up water with its 660 gallon bucket, flies through smoke-filled skies and drops it on the flames below, according to a press release from the Washington National Guard.

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