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
9:00 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

It might be good for the Seahawks to be bad this year

Placeholder quarterbacks and a new and inexperienced offensive line are two big reasons a lot of experts are counting the Seahawks out this season. Art Thiel says if they lose big, they could win big next year with a top draft pick.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

If you're going to be bad, be really bad. That might be a good slogan for the Seahawks, as they start the regular season Sunday against the 49ers in San Francisco.

National media predictions say the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that may be a good thing.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Preview: Seahawks one of worst teams this year?

National media organizations are predicting the Seahawks will drop the ball this season and be one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

There are a lot of new faces on the Seahawks this season. And that doesn't bode well for the team's chances. National media predict that the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2011.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's having a hard time arguing against that prediction.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Positive changes for UW football ... bowl game on horizon?

2011 will be a season of change for the Huskies: a new starting quarterback and other rising stars, the Pac-10 becoming the Pac-12 and the final season for the old Husky Stadium.
Ted S. Warren AP File Photo

The 2011 University of Washington football season kicks off Saturday with a game against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium.

There will be a lot of changes this year. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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Sports with Art Thiel
8:27 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Preview: Looks like a good year for UW football

The University of Washington opens the 2011 season Saturday. It's the third year for head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

University of Washington football fans are hoping for another bowl appearance this year. The Huskies open the 2011 season Saturday at home against Eastern Washington.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Quarterback controversy already brewing for Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sets to pass in the first half of last Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Some wonder whether he's the best choice for starting QB.
John Froschauer AP Photo

"When you have two quarterbacks, you have none."

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel quoted that old sports adage a few weeks ago, when the Seahawks decided to pass on veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in favor of two relatively inexperienced QBs.

After two preseason games, some experts and fans are questioning whether the Seahawks made the right choice in deciding who would be their new starter.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:46 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Preview: Quarterback woes plague Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst gets set to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second half of Saturday's preseason game.
John Froschauer AP Photo

If you're a Seahawks fan, are you missing Matt Hasselbeck yet? The team declined to resign the veteran quarterback, prompting him to sign a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Instead, the Hawks are pinning their hopes on two quarterbacks this season – starter Tavaris Jackson and No. 2 guy Charlie Whitehurst. But neither is standing out during preseason play.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Mariners finally 'growing their own' talent

Newly signed Mariners Brad Miller, second from left, and Danny Hultzen, second from right, pose for a photo with Miguel Olivo and Adam Kennedy after they threw out the first pitches Wednesday night at Safeco Field.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's about time. That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about all the young players the Mariners have acquired recently.

Art has said for years that the Mariners need to grow their own talent, rather than waste millions of dollars on veteran free agents who are often on the decline. And he says the fresh young faces are giving fans some excitement in an otherwise dismal season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:21 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Preview: Young talent a refreshing change for Mariners

Newly signed Mariners Brad Miller, right, and Danny Hultzen, left, walk to the mound to throw out ceremonial first pitches prior Wednesday’s game between the Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners locker room is full of young faces these days. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

UW Husky Stadium remodel: Private effort, public benefit

Future Husky Stadium at night
University of Washington

The University of Washington said this week it's close to reaching its fundraising goal for renovating Husky Stadium. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans will benefit from this project, but don't have to pay for it.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Time will tell on recent Mariners' trades

New Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush won his first game against the A's on Wednesday. He and left fielder Casper Wells are two trade acquisitions already proving their worth. It’ll be a while before the other new players will get the chance.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

You have to give up a lot to get a lot. That's what sports analysts are saying about the choices the Mariners made at the trade deadline last weekend. They gave up four pitchers for six players. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard is now with the Boston Red Sox and starter Doug Fister is a Detroit Tiger.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the players the Mariners got in return look good on paper. But how will they look in the field and at the plate?

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Preview: Mariners trade for talent, but not for this season

New Mariner Casper Wells is greeted at home by Mike Carp and Jack Wilson after Wells and Carp scored Wednesday against the A's at Safeco Field. Wells plays left field and is one of the players acquired in trades over the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Just who are these guys? Mariners fans might be asking that question about the players the team acquired in trades with Boston and Detroit. Those trades this weekend sent pitchers Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, David Pauley and Josh Fields packing. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insights on the new players, and when we might see them having an impact. That's coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow to find a blog of our conversation.

Artscape
9:00 am
Sun July 31, 2011

5 ways to sail away on an 'inner' Caribbean jazz cruise

Get your inner sunshine out and take a Caribbean jazz cruise.
Katie Weilbacher Flickr

With the non-summer we've been having and the fact that a lot of people can't afford to get away, allow us to give you a vacation for your mind.

Think beaches. Sunshine. Frozen drinks. Your soundtrack? Five great musicians who hail from the Caribbean.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Hasselbeck joins Locker; Seahawks QB job now up in the air

Matt Hasselbeck hoists the Seahawks' NFC championship trophy after a 34-14 defeat of the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 22, 2006. The Hawks didn't resign Hasselbeck, who instead agreed to a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The football news came fast and furious this week. The NFL lockout ended. Training camp started. Players were released or signed by teams in a mad rush to prepare for a season that starts in just two weeks.

It was an intense period of personnel shuffling unprecedented in the NFL, and the Seahawks were right in the middle of it.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:10 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Preview: Hasselbeck moves to Tennessee, will mentor Locker

Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the new starting QB for the Tennessee Titans. Vince Young is being released by the team today. Here are the two in happier times – after a preseason game in Seattle in 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's official today: Vince Young is out at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in. Several media outlets are now reporting that Hasselbeck has agreed to a multi-year deal with the team.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Trade Ichiro or Felix? Yes – Time for drastic action

Ichiro Suzuki has had trouble at the plate and in the outfield this season. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel believes he has a few more good years in him, and that the Mariners should trade him if he asks to go.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

They Mariners have now lost 12 straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention for another season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says desperate times call for desperate measures. That includes thinking seriously about trading Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez.

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