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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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Math experts meeting in Canada, solving world problems.
Leighton Pritchard Flickr
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Budget surprises
1:45 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Cut of 20,000 government workers could be next big surprise

With the loss of revenue, the impact of inflation and rising population, Washington’s government is providing one-fifth (18 percent) fewer services.

That’s instruction in K-12, colleges and universities, road maintenance, health and welfare agents, building inspectors – you name it.

By the time this economic decline in government services gets ironed out, Washington could shed up to 20,000 government jobs statewide, says Seattle economist Dick Conway, who is also co-publisher of the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster.

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Budget surprises
9:55 am
Fri July 15, 2011

State budget cuts were unique this time around

This season of state budget cuts in Olympia was different than previous bad-budget years, not just in size and scope – but also because the Legislature eliminated many small programs rather than suspending them so they can be brought back online more easily in better times.

“That’s different,” said Marty Brown, director of Washington's Office of Financial Management.

The $4.6 billion in cuts that resulted in the state’s current $32 billion two-year budget contained many program eliminations that surprised even veteran budget wonks like Brown.

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Budget surprises
8:30 am
Fri July 15, 2011

10 state budget cuts that might surprise you

Washington budget writers just can’t catch a break. Earlier this week, state income had fallen another $22 million short of forecasts. That’s on top of a forecasted revenue slump that will leave the state with only $163.3 million in reserve by June 2013.

All of which comes on the heels of the Legislature’s $32 billion two-year budget that cut $4.6 billion.

We’ve heard about the big cuts to education and a few other programs – such as closing the state tourism office, the quit cigarette hotline, living will registry and ending film industry incentives. Now, here’s 10 small programs cuts that will affect the way at least some Washington citizens live their lives:

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Vancouver still puzzling over riots.
Craig McCulloch KPLU
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Education
12:11 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

College students: Heavy drinking has its upsides

College students tend to believe that the negative consequences of heavy drinking are outweighed by the what they consider to be the positive ones.
Alejandro Gordo Flickr

“It’s as though they think that the good effects of drinking keep getting better …”

A new study with implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses around the country finds that many students believe the benefits of boozing it up outweigh the downsides.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:13 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Vancouver has lost the top rank as Canada's most expensive city.
Evan Leeson Flickr
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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:38 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Work on 520
11:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Time lapse video shows weekend work on 520

Washington State Department of Transportation has released a one-minute time-lapse video from this weekend’s State Route 520 construction on the Eastside. Crews dug a trench across 520 near 84th Avenue Northeast in Hunts Point to install a fish-passable culvert beneath all lanes of the highway.

The road was closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The city of Tacoma decided to allow some electronic billboards to remedy billboard blight, but the measure has been met with intense public resistance.
Jennifer B Flickr
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Medical Marijuana
2:58 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Seattle City Council pondering regulation of medical marijuana

The city of Seattle is looking into regulating medical marijuana.
Flickr

With roughly 25,000 Seattleites “legally” smoking marijuana for medical reasons, the city council has decided to step in where Gov. Chris Gregoire dared not tread. The city will begin holding hearings on an ordinance for regulating the growing and sale of medical marijuana.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:29 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Washington State Patrol reports there has been a spike in pedestrians being killed on state roadways.
Matthew Rutledge Flickr
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Japanese Internment
5:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Photo collection from Japanese internment camp donated

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

The largest private collection of photographs taken during World War II at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is being donated to Washington State University.

The more than 2,000 black and white photo negatives were taken by George Hirahara and his son Frank between 1943 and 1945 at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. (More photos inside.)

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:26 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

To protect hikers from goats, Olympic National Park officials are asking that you not pee on the trails.
Bala Flickr
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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:29 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The brewery in Tacoma, shown here in better days, burned last night.
J Brew Flickr
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