Kirsten Kendrick

Morning Edition Host

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting KPLU’s Morning Edition since 2006. She handles all aspects of the show - from news selection and writing to audio production. Kirsten has worked in radio for 20 years. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Indiana and attended high school and college in North Texas. In addition to being a jazz fan, Kirsten is an avid softball player and sports lover. Kirsten and her husband Troy live in Seattle with their son Delton and their dog Nancy with the Laughing Face.

Kirsten's most memorable moment at KPLU: Interviewing sports columnist Art Thiel about the demise of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Kirsten says, "Art's raw emotion in describing the newspaper's final day really impacted me."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Can Seahawks Turn Adversity From Harvin Trade Into Opportunity?

Percy Harvin stands on the sideline late in the second half of the Seahawks' 30-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Election 2014: Big Money, Big Issues

James Myers of Seattle peers into the slot before dropping in his ballot at a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

We’re just about two weeks away from the 2014 election. It’s not a presidential election year, but there are several big issues on the ballot that have attracted big money to try to get your vote. Those issues include gun sales, class size and control of the state Senate.

Here’s a quick look at what’s on your ballot, what’s at stake and what it’s costing.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Can UW's 'Mad Scientist' Help Huskies Break 10-Year Losing Spell Against Oregon?

UW coach Chris Petersen on the sidelines of the Huskies' game against California, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
Ben Margot AP Photo

The unranked Washington Huskies take on the No. 9 Oregon Ducks Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks are heavily favored to win, as they have the past 10 years.

But the Huskies may be able to turn their luck around this year with the help of a man known as “the mad scientist.”

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

'Remarkable' Wilson Winning Seahawks Games With Hands, Feet

Russell Wilson eludes a tackle during the Monday Night Football game against Washington.
Alex Brandon AP Photo

The 3-1 Seahawks host the 4-1 Cowboys on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel expects another strong showing from quarterback Russell Wilson, the man who's won the last two games with his hands and his feet. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

No Playoffs, But Mariners End Season On High Note

Felix Hernandez waves to fans after leaving the game against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of the final game of the 2014 season Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Safeco Field. He’s said to be the front runner to win his second Cy Young Award.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners may not have made the playoffs, but they made a lot of fans proud by sweeping the best team in baseball over the weekend. They did it with a stellar showing from Felix Hernandez in the final game of the season. It was a performance that could earn The King another pitching crown.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

4-0 Huskies Prepare For Pac-12 Challenge Against Stanford

Washington Huskies run onto the field before a game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

After four wins in non-conference games, the Pac-12 season begins Saturday for the University of Washington football team. The unranked Huskies take on No. 16 Stanford at home. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it should be a lively matchup.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Sounders' Two-Tiered Success: MLS Leaders And 4-Time U.S. Open Cup Champs

Seattle Sounders celebrate with the championship trophy at the end of the U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday in Chester, Pa. The Sounders FC beat the Union 3-1 in overtime.
Michael Perez AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders won their fourth U.S. Open Cup championship this week. They also have the best record in Major League Soccer right now. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders’ success has come despite several distractions.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ray Rice Video Last Straw; NFL's Goodell 'Needs To Go'

FILE - In this May 20, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference at the NFL's spring meeting in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP Photo

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains under fire for his handling of the Ray Rice controversy. A lot of people are calling for his resignation, including KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

What Did The NFL Know And When?

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Seahawks Dominate Packers In 36-16 Win, Start Season Strong

Seahawk's safety Kam Chancellor (31) tackles Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless after a reception in the second quarter of the game between the Seahawks and Packers, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
Scott Eklund AP Photo

The Seahawks start their season with a bang, or should we say a boom. The defending Super Bowl champions trounced the Green Bay Packers Thursday night by a score of 36-16 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

The Hawks’ notorious Legion of Boom defense certainly showed its stuff. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the offense was on fire as well.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Solid Choices, Big Chances 'Justify' Mariners GM Contract Extension

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik visits on the field prior to a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Seattle.
AP Photo

The Mariners have made some solid choices and taken some big chances this year. It all appears to be paying off as they continue to be in the wild card playoff hunt.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Looking Good: Huskies Start 2014 Season With New Coach

UW’s offensive linemen huddle near the end zone of Husky Stadium during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The University of Washington football team opens its 2014 season on Aug. 30 in Hawaii. The Huskies are coming off a successful, 9-4 season last year, and they have a promising new coach. But they also have a bit of a quarterback controversy, says sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Mariners In The Thick Of Playoff Hunt

Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano celebrate after the Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners are in a battle with the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card playoff spot in the American League. The two teams play each other in a big weekend series in Detroit.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Apologies 'Not Enough'; UW's Miles, Ravens' Rice Need To 'Own' Misdeeds

Janay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during a news conference May 23, 2014. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his then-fiance at a casino.

Two football players recently apologized for incidents that involved violence against women. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wants more from both the players and the organizations that punished them for their actions.

"It was the words of the players that bothered me because they never explained why and how, and what they did," Art said. "Until they do that, you can't own it."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mariners Make Down-To-The-Wire Deals For Two Starting Players

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox in the 7th inning Thursday, after he was traded to the Mariners.
Paul Sancya AP Photo

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited

Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks accepts the award for best team at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
John Shearer Invision/AP Photo

From Seattle Sounders players shining at the World Cup to four Mariners in the All-Star game, to the Seahawks winning best team in sports at the ESPY Awards, Seattle sports fans have lots of reasons to smile lately.

And come September, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy.

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