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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Housing crisis
10:31 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Auburn mayor photographs abandoned foreclosed homes for 'Wall of Shame'

This house owned by Deutsche Bank has made the Auburn "Wall of Shame."
City of Auburn

Are abandoned, dilapidated houses a problem in your neighborhood? They are in Auburn, and that city’s mayor isn’t putting up with it.

Mayor Pete Lewis has been taking photos of abandoned houses owned by far-flung banks and publishing them with the bank’s information on a “Wall of Shame” website. And that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the city's efforts.

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Diversions
10:43 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Video: A stirring time-lapse of Pacific Northwest scenes

Self-portrait of Scott Eklund on location.
Scott Eklund TheArtofTimeLapse.com

Northwest photographer John Eklund spent a year-plus gathering the shots to create this time-lapse video (below) of iconic places in the Pacific Northwest.

“Some scenes took all night and several tries until I was happy with the shot,” he said in an email exchange.

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Marijuana legalization
1:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Could legal marijuana be good for Washington's children?

A children's advocacy group in Washington says legalizing marijuana will be better for kids, especially kids of color.
Dave H Flickr

Support for legal marijuana in Washington appears to be strong among adults, but what will it mean for kids?

This week saw surprising support for the state initiative legalizing marijuana from the Children’s Alliance. The Seattle-based advocacy group, which has dozens of social-service agencies as members, says legal pot would be good for kids.

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NBA Arena
7:51 am
Tue September 11, 2012

New NBA arena deal struck with city of Seattle; council vote still to come

Chris Hansen, the lead investor in the attempted to build a new NBA arena in Seattle, apparently has his deal.
KPLU

Seattle has a new deal for a sports arena to house NBA and NHL teams. If the full council approves the agreement later this month, lead private investor Chris Hansen will then face the possibly tougher job of getting a deal for the teams.

The revised deal has been officially announced by members of the Seattle City Council and addresses concerns by the Port of Seattle and others that traffic generated by events there would clog up the SoDo area.

Seattle councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Tim Burgess and Mike O'Brien made the announcement.

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Medical marijuana
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle seeks to close medical pot loophole with zoning rules

To close a loophole in state law and further control the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the city of Seattle is proposing to tighten its zoning laws.

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Illusions
12:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How two 60-foot arachnids came to life on a Seattle roof

Two daddy longlegs on the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Sure there was “ooh” and “aah” and “wow” from the top of the Space Needle on a sunny afternoon overlooking Seattle earlier this week, but then came “Oh my god!” and “What is that?” and “That’s amazing.”

The culprit?

Two 60-plus-foot “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center, casting long shadows and looking all the world like they could be real (if our universe allowed such things).

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Seattle Mysteries
2:34 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Mysterious 'hum' keeping West Seattle up at night

West Seattle is surrounded by heavy industry - could the mysterious hum bothering residents be coming from ships?
Jake Ellison KPLU

The West Seattle “hum,” a loud noise of unknown origins that enveloped the neighborhood several years ago, has returned with “a vengeance.”

The resurgent thrumming humming sound has people talking and guessing what’s causing it. According to the editor of West Seattle’s popular news blog, its origins remain a mystery.

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Diversions
4:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain?

Seattle and environs seen yesterday afternoon. We're closing in on the all-time record for sunny/dry days.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Hard to know what to root for – a record dry spell or the return of rain.

Our weather expert and University of Washington professor Cliff Mass says the race is on, and it’ll be close.

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Food
11:59 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe

Sure it's good with coffee, but apparently it makes for a bold cup of joe when it is IN the coffee.
Wendy Flickr

Apparently bacon goes with everything … including in and not just with coffee.

Seattle’s Best Coffee held a series of contests for a new coffee recipe and the winner, from Des Moines, infused her coffee concoction with caramelized bacon.

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Diversions
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound

First photo in a series catching a killer whale breaching near South Beach in Puget Sound on Monday.
James Maya Maya's Westside Charters

James Maya, a ship captain and owner of a whale watching company, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.

He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.

“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said. 

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diversions
11:14 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Give a hipster a 'whac' at Bumbershoot this weekend (sort of)

In this screen grab from The Stranger's blog Slog, you get the gist of the 'Whac-A-Hipster' game.

In a game reminiscent of Whac-A-Mole, a press release making the rounds in the Seattle blogosphere says Toyota will offer you a chance to “Whac-A-Hipster” this weekend at Bumbershoot.

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Economy and environment
10:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Study: NW gasoline consumption falling to 1996 levels

Driving around Seattle may feel as congested as ever, but a new report says we're making fewer trips and burning less gas.
Craig Damlo Flickr

The high price of gasoline is leading Northwesterners to drive less and use more fuel-efficient cars, according to the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based environment and policy research nonprofit.

According to the study:

“Washington and Oregon are on track to burn less gasoline in their cars and trucks this year than at any time since 1996 – less even than in 2008, when gas prices spiked and the economy cratered. … At least for the 
moment, the plateau in gas consumption that began in the
late 1990s has turned into a gentle downward slide.”

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Diversions
2:32 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

5 things that ticked off Seattleites in the early '70s

Hippies looking for a ride in 1971.
The Associated Press

It’s 1970 and the one thing really bugging one Seattleite – enough to make him/her write a letter and, apparently, leave the city – was hippies.

“Seattle got so bad with hippies, I just had to get out of that city,” the anonymous writer told Mayor Wes Uhlman.

In addition to hippies, we found four other things really bugging people in the early 1970s on the Flickr stream of the Seattle Municipal Archives – communists, smelly busses, the United Nations and protesters.

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What's in a logo?
10:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Microsoft unveils first new logo in 25 years

The new logo unveiled today.

Preparing for the “most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history,” the Redmond tech giant has unveiled a new logo.

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Business
12:51 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

The kids love working in Seattle best, survey shows

This is where Millennials are moving to meet people their own age, max out their pay and avoid time-wasting commutes, according to PayScale.
Chris Tarnawski Flickr

Seattle is the best place to work in the nation for Generation Y (19 to 30 year olds), according to PayScale, a jobs and salary data analysis and employment website.

Geekwire, which tipped us off to the story, said Seattle outperformed what it identified as other tech hotbeds: Boston (#5), New York (#7) and San Francisco (tied for #9).

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