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 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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Sports with Art Thiel
7:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers

Kyle Seager, left, is congratulated by Robinson Cano on his home run against the Boston Red Sox last month in Seattle. Some say Seager’s performance in that series helped him get selected to this year’s All-Star game.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis, with the winning league gaining home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Mariners will play for the American League: All-Star veterans Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez and first-time All-Star Kyle Seager.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager — homegrown and hitting the ball.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Why The Mariners Are So Good Right Now: Meet The Surprising Newcomers

Kyle Seager connects for an RBI double against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP Photo

The Mariners are going for their fifth series win in a row, taking on the White Sox in Chicago this weekend. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners have been on fire recently, particularly at the plate.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended

United States' national soccer team player DeAndre Yedlin arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014.
Nelson Antoine AP Photo

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will take on Belgium next Tuesday in the knockout round of the World Cup. The U.S. men weren't expected to get past the so-called Group of Death. But they did, and they did it with the help of Seattle's own DeAndre Yedlin, a World Cup rookie.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater'

USMNT captain and Sounders star Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first 30 seconds of play during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. in Natal, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. won the match 2-1.
Ricardo Mazalan AP Photo

World Cup fever seems to have swept much of the nation, especially after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday. The U.S. men’s national team is led by captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal in the first 30 seconds of the match.

As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets?

Sam Wright protests against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, outside Staples Center before Game 5 of the Clippers' opening-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in April in Los Angeles.
Ringo H.W. Chiu AP Photo

The $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in limbo. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is moving forward with his lawsuit against the NBA, saying he was forced unfairly to sell the team after his racist comments were made public.

Sterling this week called the NBA "a band of hypocrites and bullies" and "despicable monsters." And the Associated Press reports he's now hired several private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA commissioners and his fellow owners.

Does the NBA have anything to hide? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a crack in the NBA's case.

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