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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Business
2:13 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The agony of Steve Ballmer: From Monkey Boy to mogul?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs as he talks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Thursday in 2007. Back then, Ballmer compared Microsoft's search technology to a precocious toddler - one who would eventually grow up to rival nemesis Google.
Associated Press

No question, Steve Ballmer has always been a mogul, it just hasn’t seemed like it in the media. For instance, there’s all that “monkey boy” business on YouTube that so far has been watched 4,078,680 times.

Then there was the guy who made international news by calling for Ballmer to be fired.

Now, though, the love is on. In a long and humanizing article in Business Week today, Ballmer gets his due as the man at the top of a resurgent Microsoft.

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Diversions
5:40 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

A little YouTube fun for book lovers

protesting wall street
1:09 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Seattle video: Chase's Jamie Dimon sounds off on politics, 'whiny crap'

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon takes questions at a University of Washington business school event in Seattle on Nov. 2, 2011.
From UW through records reuest

"We've been doing nothing but investing in this town."

On Nov. 2, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon came to Seattle to address business leaders at an event put on by the University of Washington’s business school. The event attracted a great deal of heat from the Occupy Seattle protesters, which we wrote about: “Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase.”

Reporters were not allowed into the event to hear what Dimon had to say, though some were allowed to interview him before hand. KPLU was not among them.

We got a copy of a video of the event through the Freedom of Information Act. Inside, you can watch several snippets of his responses to questions as well as the full video of his speech at the Business Leadership Celebration event.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
12:56 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In NW, we're prone to introspection ... judging by response to 'Wonder' series

Justin Steyer KPLU

We in the Northwest are prone to navel-gazing over matters related to our character and the things we do … and don’t do.

Maybe it is the months of clouds, mist and rain, but like the proverbial Eskimo has many ways for talking about snow, we in the NW apparently have many paths to introspection.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:43 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Hanford whistleblower to appear in court against Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – After more than a year of waiting, a high-profile Hanford whistleblower will argue in court Monday that his case should be heard in front of a jury. But federal contractor Bechtel argues the case should be thrown out.

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Elections 2012
2:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle's Dan Savage back in the news for 'Santorum' hijinks

Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York in June 2011.
Charles Sykes Associated Press

(Warning some of the links in this page, as well as performing the talked about Google search, could result in the display of a NSFW website page.)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s showing in the Iowa caucus this week has put Seattle’s notorious sex blogger, political commentator and Stranger editorial director back in the news for political hijinks.

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Animals
3:21 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Just a cool photo of a beluga whale ... blowing a bubble ring

Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25.

Protesting Wall Street
1:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase

JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Occupy Seattle protesters, shown in front of a Seattle hotel on Nov. 2, did not meet face-to-face – but the protesters would have liked that.
Illustration by Justin Steyer

What happens when the captain of the financial industry is brought to Seattle to celebrate business leadership in the middle of a populist revolt aimed directly at the wealthy and financial companies?

Pepper spray. Arrests. Speeches. And a very nervous Seattle business school, caught in the crossfire, whose gala event of the year could be wrecked. What follows is a close look at the events and decisions leading up to the Nov. 2 clash in downtown Seattle gleaned from emails and documents obtained by KPLU. 

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Space Travel
1:11 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Paul Allen to open airport operations - for space!

What Paul Allen's new ship -- carrier aircraft with spaceship hanging in the middle -- will look like.
Stratolaunch Systems

Paul Allen’s new company, Stratolaunch Systems hopes to bring airport-like operations to the launch of commercial and government payloads and, eventually, human missions. Plans call for a first flight within five years, according to a company press release.

The air-launch-to-orbit system will mean lower costs, greater safety, and more flexibility and responsiveness than is possible today with ground-based systems, the company declares.

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Environment
9:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Jordan Cove : Decision On Gas Export License Could Come This Week (script)

The boom in natural gas drilling in the U.S. has led a handful of companies to propose liquefying the gas for export. one project in Oregon could be close to a decision on its export license.

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Salmon virus controversy
10:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

For 2nd time, salmon virus information withheld in Canada

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Flickr

Sen. Maria Cantwell is calling for stronger communication between American and Canadian officials following the disclosure that Canada failed to reveal the results of tests that appear to show the presence of a potentially deadly salmon virus nearly a decade before a salmon-virus scare this fall.

This is the second time that Canadian officials have been accused of muffling a scientist’s findings concerning viruses and salmon.

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Science wonders
3:17 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

NASA releases video of giant asteroid heading toward Earth

From Slate, NASA has released a short video (above) of the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid that came within 202,000 miles of Earth this week.

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Math wonders
2:38 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Numbers fun: 11-11-11... another once-a-century palindrome!

Scott Beale Flickr

From the numbers expert at the University of Portland comes another bit of fun with a palindrome date.

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Election 2011
10:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Privatizing liquor in Washington will be the new norm

Seattle Times reports that the second try, plus more than $22 million, was the charm for Costco Wholesale in attempting to kick the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell liquor in Washington.

Initiative 1183 was passing with more than 60 percent of the early returns, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties. "We are very pleased and grateful to all of the coalition members across the state," said Joel Benoliel, Costco's chief legal officer.

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