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 27, 2013

Questions about Leadership as M's Wrap Up Another Losing Season

A patch with the initials of late Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi is displayed on a team uniform at Safeco Field this week. Art Thiel says it’s time for some changes following Yamauchi’s death and the end of the season this weekend.
Stephen Brashear AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners end the 2013 season on Sunday. It’s their eighth losing season in 10 years. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's time for some big changes, but he doubts any will be made.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle

File photo: Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Mariners in 1992.
Katsumi Kasahara AP File Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The death of Mariners' majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi has raised a lot of questions about the future ownership of the team. And just as many questions about the man himself.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel gives us a history lesson on how Yamauchi saved professional baseball in Seattle but in recent years caused anger and mistrust among fans.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Seahawks Poised to Win, Fans Ready to Roar

Seahawks fans will attempt world record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

CenturyLink Field will be packed and louder than ever on Sunday evening. The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in a much-anticipated match-up. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this game may very well be a preview of the NFC championship battle this season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Seahawks Expected to Go Far in 2013, but Sunday...?

Seahawks "12th Man" flags are waved before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 17, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seahawks play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday morning to kick off their much-anticipated 2013 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the season might not start off with a bang, but could end with one.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

New Husky Stadium 'Spectacular'

Bleachers and seats surround the newly renovated Husky Stadium looking east Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The new and improved Husky Stadium opens Saturday night as the University of Washington hosts Boise State to kick off the 2013 football season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel got a sneak preview of the renovated facility and was quite impressed.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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Jazz & Blues
8:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland smiles while playing the piano during a celebration of her 90th birthday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on March 19, 2008.
Seth Wenig AP

Update: Marian McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. As a remembrance, we are rerunning this piece, which first ran in October 2012. 

A new book chronicles the life and illustrious career of jazz piano legend Marian McPartland. She's known for her role as host of Piano Jazz on NPR for more than three decades, but her fans have known little else about Marian McPartland. Until now.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition

Clint Dempsey, left, the newest member of the Seattle Sounders, trains for the first time with the team, Wed., Aug. 7, in Tukwila. The Sounders face Toronto FC on Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seattle Sounders took a big step toward establishing themselves as a world-class team with this week's acquisition of Clint Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. Men's National Team.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Costly Seahawks Acquisition Sidelined; Team Still Strong

Injured Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) can only stand and watch as other receivers go through practice drills during training camp Sat., July 27, in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

He cost the Seahawks a lot in trade treasure. Now, an injury could cost wide receiver Percy Harvin the season. He had hip surgery this week and is expected to be out for much – if not all – of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why this is a blow but not a death knell for the team. And he discusses reports there might have been warning signs about Harvin's injury.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke

Mariners manager Eric Wedge watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wed., June 12, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners are going to be without skipper Eric Wedge for at least the next 10 days. He's out of the hospital but not back with the team following a minor stroke this week.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sounders Limp into Second Half of Season

The Sounders' Eddie Johnson, center, heads the ball during a match against D.C. United on July 3 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary (recorded over the Internet)

The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids Saturday to begin the second half of the season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team is far from full-strength.   

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma stands on the mound in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Iwakuma gave up five runs in the inning.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners head into next week’s All-Star break out of the pennant race once again. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's poor performance has created a trust issue with fans.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

'Odds against Seattle from start' in NHL Coyotes coming to town

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The two most promising chances for the NBA and NHL to come to Seattle this year are now gone. This week the city council in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale voted to approve a lease agreement that keeps the NHL's Coyotes in Arizona.

The news comes two months after the NBA rejected a bid to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a blow to Seattle's arena project, but not a very big one.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NCAA let Oregon Ducks off easy

In this 2012 file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly walks out of the tunnel with his team before their game against Fresno State in Eugene, Ore.
Don Ryan, File AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

It should’ve been tougher. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about the punishment that the NCAA has issued to the Oregon Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

'Skeptical' about NHL's Coyotes moving to Seattle

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

Do sports fans in Seattle dare to get excited about the prospect of yet another professional team coming to town?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical about the possibility of the Phoenix Coyotes moving to Seattle.

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

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