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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legalizing marijuana
1:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

Above: The first of many thousands lined up early today to enter Hempfest, Seattle's mega pro-pot festival.

For more than 20 years, the Seattle Hempfest festival, rally and outdoor party has pushed for the decriminalization and mainstreaming of marijuana.

But as this year’s event gets underway today, with more than 300,000 expected over the weekend, regulations contained in an initiative that would legalize pot have split many advocates.

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Weather
2:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW?

We don't use them in the rain, but umbrellas help us out on the sunny days.
Evan Hoover KPLU

In the Seattle region, where we have few air conditioners, a string of 90-plus days can raise alarms:

But with the rest of the country melting under temperatures of 100 degrees or more for days in a row and drought striking the Midwest, we wonder if perhaps we in the Northwest are heat wimps.

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Hot-button politics
3:01 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Did Washington almost elect a high court justice because of race?

Election results as published on the Washington Secretary of State website at 1:11 p.m. today.

The latest election results from Washington’s primary shows that more than 43 percent of Washington voters cast their ballots for a state supreme court justice candidate with no judicial experience, who raised no campaign funds and was a public no-show.

The biggest factor in the race appears to have been one candidate's last name - Gonzalez.

Election results published by the Washington Secretary of State’s office this afternoon showed Bruce O. Danielson pulled in 276,142 votes for, so far, 43.1 percent of voters.

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Twitter diversions
11:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Following the lighter side of life on Mars with @SarcasticRover on Twitter

This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.
NASA

The Mars rover Curiosity has landed ... on Mars! And it's having a pretty lonely but humorous time of it, according to the rover's mock Twitter feed

SarcasticRover: "HEY EVERYONE! Hope you kids have fun writing shitty memes on my HI-RES PICS! After all, THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR!"

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Legalizing marijuana
1:49 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

The ad for legalizing pot you'll be seeing a lot of in Washington

In this screen grab from New Approach Washington's ad, this 'Washington mom' says she doesn't go in for using it, but legalizing marijuana makes sense.

A new commercial featuring a regular-ol’-mom-type-person pitching the legalization of marijuana in Washington is about to kickoff a $1 million campaign.

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The unexplained
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's making 'mysterious' crop circles near Wilbur, Wash.?

Crop circles approx. 5 miles northwest of Wilbur in Greg and Cindy Geib's wheat field.
Kevin and Leann Leyva

The hotspot for "mysterious" crop circles in the Northwest is Wilbur, an eastern Washington town of about 1,000 humans surrounded by wheat fields.

This summer, you can add to the town’s stats: The best-kept secret – Who makes the crop circles showing up near Wilbur.

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Budget woes
11:35 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Seattle $1.1 billion short of funding pensions

The Seattle City Council is facing a $1.1 billion shortfall in its pension fund, according to a report to the Government Performance and Finance Committee (first noted by the politics and government blog Publicola).

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NBA Arena
5:35 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

King County approves arena deal; Seattle council expresses doubts

Supporters of the new NBA arena proposal at the King County Council meeting in which the council is scheduled to vote on the proposal.
Ashley Gross KPLU

The King County Council approved an agreement with the investors who want to build an NBA arena in the SoDo district of Seattle. The council voted 6-3 to ratify the "memorandum of understanding" and "interlocal agreement," documents which define the terms of the arena deal.

"There is intrinsic value in this arena," said county councilmember Julia Patterson. She added that she had voted against Seattle's other sports arenas in the past, when she was in the Washington State Legislature, but voted yes on this deal.

In opposition, councilman Pete von Reichbauer said transportation issues had not been resolved. 

"If you build it, they will come – they can't come if they're stuck in traffic," he said.

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A list we’re not on
1:06 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Seattleites don’t swear (as much) at work, survey shows

Bill Barber Flickr

If you cuss at work, 57 percent of bosses say they are less likely to promote you and 64 percent will at best think less of you for it, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com.

So, Seattleites should be getting ahead in the world since we didn’t make the top ten cities in the U.S. for swearing at work.

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transportation woes
1:29 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Smashed windshield a sign of Washington's troubled roadways

The piece of roadway that smashed through this windshield - shown in a screen grab from a video - is bringing to light many of the state's infrastructure woes.

When a chunk of I-5 flew up and smashed through the windshield of a car carrying a family of four, the dangers of Washington's crumbling roadways became all too real.

"The rock hit me so hard in the chest, it literally took my breath away," Henry Jessop, who was in the passenger seat, told KOMO. His son Ian and his daughter were in the back seat, and his wife was behind the wheel.

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data mining
11:05 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Seattle region's economy ranks over many countries

The metro area of Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma has many iconic attributes, and the size of our economy is one of them.
Sergio Bonachela Flickr

You know you’re in a first-world economy when … many of your metro areas have larger economies than whole countries.

The Wall Street Journal wanted to put into perspective just how big the gap is between the U.S. economy and much of the rest of the world and so created a ranked list.

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Sports
3:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees

Ichiro tips his helmet to fans after setting the record for most career hits by a Japanese player April 16, 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ichiro Suzuki is going to the Yankees, confirms KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

“The Mariners have been spared huge ugliness,” Thiel said. "He wanted out of Seattle and Seattle fans wanted him gone, I think, largely because he was not productive for the salary he was making and was in the way of younger players."

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Diversions
12:17 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Poll: What is something you wish Seattle had?

Seattle needs a downtown square and beer gardens, one Reddit user said.
The Associated Press

On the Seattle section of Reddit, a user-generated content aggregator, the user poltergeister asked the question: What is something you wish Seattle had?

The responses have been interesting and got us to wondering the same thing. Here are 10 things Reddit users want. Vote for your favorite and share yours in the comments below.

KPLU diversions
1:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis serve coffee in Seattle; crowd overwhelms event

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take coffee orders in a Seattle cafe to stump for votes in their faux election campaign and to promote their new movie, 'The Campaign.'
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

To promote their new movie – “The Campaign” – actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis blazed into a Seattle cafe to stump for votes in their faux election campaign.

The two are touring the country as if mired in a real political race, though they are “campaigning” to represent a district in North Carolina. Below is a video of their event in Seattle.

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KPLU diversions
12:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Video: Ride Seattle’s Great Wheel in under 3 minutes

The Great Wheel at night.
Dave Morrow Flickr

For those of us who have not gotten around to it, don’t want to stand in line for it or are afraid of heights, we sent our online news intern, Evan Hoover, to video his ride on Seattle’s waterfront Great ‘Ferris’ Wheel.

Here’s the the ride in under 3 minutes:

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