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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Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs

Point Defiance Zoo has released new photo and video of its clouded leopard cubs.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Just a day away from public viewing, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has released a new photo (above) and a new video of the newborn clouded leopard cubs.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:25 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Run your boat drunk this weekend and you might end up with a ticket.
Liam Flickr
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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will take over Alaskan Way all day Saturday.
Rachel James Flickr

A 50 percent chance of showers (pretty much 100 percent in downtown Seattle this morning). Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Forecast here.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Leopard cubs to make debut at Point Defiance Zoo

11-day old clouded leopard cubs being cared for by zoo staff biologists in their new cub room exhibit.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Updated with new video)

The newborn clouded leopard cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be available for public viewing this weekend, zoo officials say.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:09 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle, said laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded. He is backing an initiative to legalize the drug.
Flickr
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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One of the long-beaked common dolphins have been spotted swimming and approaching boats along Boston Harbor. This species is typically found off the coast of Baja, California.
ROBIN W. BAIRD www.cascadiaresearch.org
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Other News
1:42 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Seattle council wants you on the ‘happiness team’

Let's all get happy!
sea turtle Flickr

The Seattle City Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, reports Sustainable Seattle, an organization that develops regional indicators of well-being and sustainability.

“Measuring the subjective happiness or well-being levels of Seattle residents is an important tool that can help our council make effective policy decisions and can engage our community in conversations about what we really want from life and from our economy,” City Council President Richard Conlin said in a press release.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:30 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Boeing announced orders and commitments for 17 of its 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes today during the Paris Air Show. The orders, placed by two undisclosed customers, are valued at a combined $5.4 billion at list prices.
Boeing

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. See the week's forecast here, and for a story about our upcoming summer weather, check out this story by KPLU's Charla Bear.

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Body Art
11:07 am
Fri June 17, 2011

New microdermal piercing technique facing scrutiny

Deanna Wardin Flickr

Installing a piece of jewelry with microdermal anchors just under the skin involves some pain and a little blood and an increasing level of scrutiny from state officials.

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Humanosphere
10:13 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Fighting over 'philanthropy'

There appears to be a deep-seated intellectual boil festering at the base of our discussions around philanthropy, foreign aid and development, reports our global health blog Humanosphere.

Tom Paulson, who runs the blog, says he’s not sure anyone really knows what they mean.

He is sure the experts on philanthropy, aid and development all think they know what they mean, “but as a journalist assigned to cover this stuff — and asked to translate it into “normal” language — I’m increasingly running into debates about fundamentals, if not outright confusion.”

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:41 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A power company lineman removes a young deer carcass that was dropped onto a power line possibly by an eagle in East Missoula, Mont. The incident caused a power outage.
Associated Press
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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:32 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Man poses for a picture as a car burns inside the Hudson’s Bay Company parking garage in Vancouver after the Canucks loss in the Stanley Cup Final.
Craig McCulloch KPLU
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Business
12:38 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Study: Washington has 2nd highest teen unemployment

In a new study, Washington teens are only slightly better off than teens in Georgia when it comes to unemployment rates, and that puts them second in the country for the worst employment opportunities.

The analysis of newly-released Census Bureau data by the fiscally conservative Washington, D.C.-based group Employment Policies Institute finds that 25 states have teen unemployment above 25 percent as of April. And, when data about discouraged job seekers is factored into the picture, 23 states have rates above 27 percent.

Washington’s rate plus the discouraged job seekers is 35.4 percent, the Institute reports.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:33 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Point Defiance Zoo says the birth of these cubs brings the total number of clouded leopard cubs born this year in the United States to eight.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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Other News
12:46 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Update: Ron Sims leaving HUD, won't run for Wash. governor

Ron Sims
Joe Szilagyi Flickr

Former King County Executive Ron Sims has told his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that he is leaving his D.C. post to return to Seattle. That move, announced one day after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will not seek a third term, had some wondering if Sims is eyeing the governor’s mansion.

However, Sims told the Seattle Times that he will not run for the office and in fact hopes to volunteer to help Rep. Jay Inslee should he announce a bid for the governorship.

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