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
7:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

In this image provided by the Conservation Northwest, a gray wolf is shown in a photo taken from a remote camera on May 7, 2011. State wildlife officials have documented Washington's fourth wolf pack, the Teanaway Pack of Kittitas County.
Associated Press
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Traffic Woes
2:23 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Seattle traffic will not be better this weekend

Between closure of State Route 520 and I-5 ramps to and from Mercer Street, expect anther bad weekend for traffic.
Flickr

You can expect region-wide congestion this weekend, the state Department of Transportation says, because State Route 520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

And, the city of Seattle will close the Interstate 5 ramps to and from Mercer Street.

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Lions Club Parade
11:49 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Lions Parade of Nations march Seattle's 5th Avenue

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations took over downtown Seattle on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention is in Seattle through the July 8, and the club’s major Parade of Nations took over 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle on Tuesday.

"The first thing that struck me were the big smiles on all the participants faces. They looked so happy to be a part of this big event and so proud of their particular groups," reported KPLU's Erin Hennessey.

The parade was scheduled to run from the Seattle Center to the Washington State Convention Center. The closure of 5th Avenue and the rerouting of Metro bus routes through the city was expected to last until 2 p.m. or so. (Video and photo gallery inside)

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seattle parking
10:25 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Special vans hunting for Seattle’s ‘parking scofflaws’

City of Seattle looking to give cars with more than four parking violations the boot.

On Tuesday Starting today, two specially equipped Seattle police vans had started scanning up to 20,000 license plates per day, hunting for vehicles with four or more parking tickets in order to give them the “boot.”

Topping the city’s most-wanted list has to be the vehicle with 263 violations associated with it amounting to more than $25,000 owed, according to a list of citations in the City of Seattle’s “parking scofflaw business plan.”

Second on the most-wanted list must be the two cars with 184 tickets each. Nearly 100 cars have been ticketed 50 times or more, according to the city. Officials say more than 20,000 cars are considered eligible for the boot, a device attached to a vehicle wheel making it unusable.

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Event
7:45 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Update: Lions Club convention descends on Seattle streets today

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations will take over downtown Seattle this morning and early afternoon.
Associated Press

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention hits Seattle on July 4 through the 8 with the club’s major Parade of Nations taking over downtown this morning and into the afternoon.

King County officials say 20 Seattle bus routes will be changed during the Lions Club's International Parade of Nations, preparations for which have already begun in downtown Seattle.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:15 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A new system to track intimidation, bullying and harassment of students is being launched this fall by the Everett School District.
Thomas Ricker Flickr
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Fourth of July
1:21 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

What fireworks can you use? In some cities: None

Time for fireworks, bans and warnings and fun!
Piero Sierra Flickr

Here comes that day that cats and dogs really hate, but most American humans love!

Yes, it’s time for burning, smoking and exploding devices used for celebrating the Fourth of July. It is also time for the many reminders and warnings about what fireworks you can use, how dangerous they are and where you can or can’t use them (should you really feel like you have to).

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:35 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Olympia Brewery in Tumwater pictured in betters days. Plans for using the old brewery site are shaping up.
Minnaert Wikipedia
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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:52 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Finalist Vicci Martinez poses for photographers after the finale of "The Voice" in Burbank, Calif., on Wednesday. Javier Colon was named the winner.
Matt Sayles Associated Press
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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:26 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, pictured here in 2010, will be in Seattle for developers meeting.
Associated Press
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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Whale skeleton being processed for assembly, display in Tacoma

After being buried for six months under over 10 yards of horse manure, the gray whale bones, including the skull are excavated by a team of volunteers from Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology Center.
Highline Community College MaST Center

The skeleton of a gray whale that died last year in Seattle is taking shape in Tacoma.

Highline Community College marine biologist Rus Higley, staff and volunteers are bleaching and assembling the skeleton for display in later this year. (Photo gallery inside)

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:37 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

City of Seattle protects Hat 'n' Boots in Georgetown.
Alan Cordova Flickr

We've been here before: 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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Fourth of July
1:20 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Warning: Dogs will find fireworks on state ferries

The Washington State Patrol is making its annual push to warn people about the dangers of home fireworks.
Rishabh Mathur Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says dogs that sniff for explosives at state ferry terminals will find fireworks.

The patrol says ferry riders should store fireworks where they are accessible for troopers to examine. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the owners could be prosecuted.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:36 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

The rules for Washington's crab harvest have been changed to the benefit of recreational fishermen.
Flickr
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Commuting
3:04 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Reminder: Traffic nightmares in Seattle this weekend

With several major events in Seattle this weekend, traffic is going to be tough. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises you just don't drive downtown.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Starting tonight, it will be a busy next few days for sports enthusiasts – with Sounders’ soccer matches, Mariners’ baseball games, and the huge Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on Saturday, reports the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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