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
5:34 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Concerns of both sides need to be heard in NFL labor talks

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry talks with fans at the end of the playoff game against the Saints Jan. 8, 2011, in Seattle. Curry's $60 million/5 year rookie contract is a reason why NFL owners want a wage lid for rookies.
John Froschauer AP

The NFL may want to keep celebrating a successful 2010 season and profitable Super Bowl, but it must now turn its attention to a more unpleasant topic: a new collective bargaining agreement with players. The contract of a popular Seahawks player factors into one of the issues at play.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:32 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Steelers and Super Bowl still bad mix for Seahawks fans

Do you remember the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL? If you lived in Seattle five years ago, of course you do. Have you gotten over it? If not, you might want to root for the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:06 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

After Niehaus: How do you replace a legend?

Dave Niehaus was the legendary voice of the Seattle Mariner broadcasts for more than 30 years. His death last fall has left a void. How will the M's fill it?
AP

The sudden death of Mariners' Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus last November left a huge void in the team's radio booth. It's a void that will be evident this weekend as fans flock to Safeco Field for Mariners FanFest - the annual meet-and-greet with players and team personnel.

Since there is no one voice that can replace Niehaus, the Mariners have decided to use five this season. 

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Artscape
10:32 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Five songs that give the blues a modern-day makeover

Mississippi blues master R.L. Burnside matches up with rapper Lyrics Born for a new take on the genre, a melding of modern and classic styles.
zzazazz Flickr

I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of the blues before I started working here at KPLU. I didn’t know much about the music. But that changed when I started listening to the blues songs we play. I discovered I really like the blues and the bare-bones, gritty nature of it. So, why mess that up with a fancy remix, right? Wrong.

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:48 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Seahawks start offseason with big changes and challenges

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talks to head coach Pete Carroll on the sideline during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Seattle. Will coach and player be on the same sideline next season?
Ted S. Warren AP Photo


There's no rest for the weary at Seattle Seahawks headquarters. Less than a week after the end of the season, head coach Pete Carroll fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and hired Darrell Bevell from the Minnesota Vikings to replace him.


Carroll also has hired the newly-fired head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tom Cable, to be his assistant head coach and the man in charge of the Hawks' offensive line. How does all of this impact the effort to re-sign quarterback Matt Hasselbeck?

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:14 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Can Seahawks maximize advantages for another playoff win?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, carries the ball as Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa tries to make the tackle during a regular season game in Chicago, Oct. 17, 2010. Seattle won 23-20. Can Lynch and the 'Hawks win there again?
AP

It will be freezing cold. The field will be lousy. But the Seahawks are bringing a lot of emotional momentum into Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Bears in Chicago. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
3:47 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Win or lose against Saints, Seahawks season a triumph

Seattle Seahawks place kicker Olindo Mare (10) and holder Jon Ryan (9) kicka a field goal as New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (22) tries for the block during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
AP file photo

The Seattle Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Saturday in the NFC playoff game.  Kickoff is at 1:30 at Qwest Field.  Matt Hasselbeck will be the starting quarterback, getting the nod over Charlie Whitehurst, who led the Seahawks to victory over St. Louis for the NFC West title last weekend. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared his thoughts on the Saints-Seahawks matchup with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:30 am
Fri December 31, 2010

Top five Seattle sports stories of 2010

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll right, greets Seahawks' Earl Thomas after a play against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

What would you say was the top Seattle sports story of 2010?   Sports commentator Art Thiel has come up with his top five, and he shared them with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:37 am
Fri December 24, 2010

UW 'excited but serious' about Holiday Bowl

The Washington Huskies are working hard to prepare for their first bowl appearance in eight years.  They play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl next Thursday, December 30th, in San Diego. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the many reasons why this game is such a big deal for Washington and not for Nebraska. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:52 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Should the Mariners trade Felix in rebuilding year?

Felix Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, despite having the fewest wins There are rumors the Yankees may want to trade for him. Art Thiel says if the Yankees make a serious offer, the Mariners should listen.
AP Images

The Mariners have signed three veteran free agents in the past week.  But the news is not generating much excitement.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick that’s because the Mariners are embarking on a rebuilding year, which could have them entertaining offers for star pitcher Felix Hernandez. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:26 am
Fri December 10, 2010

UW will have emotional edge in Holiday Bowl

UW quarterback Jake Locker is tackled during a game against Nebraska at Husky Stadium on Sept. 18, 2010. Washington lost 56-21.
AP

The Washington Huskies may be all smiles when it comes to preparing for the Holiday Bowl on December 30th.  But that’s not the case for their opponent, Nebraska.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick the Cornhuskers are suffering from a double case of Déjà Vu. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:23 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

One chapter closes, another opens

You’ve read his columns in the Seattle P-I for 30 years – first in print and more recently online.  Now, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has started a new Web site with friend and former P-I colleague Steve Rudman.  It’s called Sportspress Northwest.  Art talked with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick about his new venture, and about one of the big stories that will be featured on the site this weekend (the Apple Cup). 

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FIFA World Cup
7:58 am
Thu December 2, 2010

No World Cup for Seattle and U.S. in 2022

A Qatari man displays the national flag and blows on a vuvuzelas, at Doha souk where people gathered to hear FIFA's selection on World Cup sites for 2018 and 2022, Dec. 2, 2010. Qatar won the 2022 bid.
AP

Seattle will not be hosting World Cup matches in 2022.  The United States was up against four other countries to host the World Cup. But the bid has gone to the Middle Eastern country Qatar.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:25 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Huskies' bowl bid hopes are twofold

Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian could still lead his Huskies to a bowl game, despite their current losing record. He'll need to steer them to wins over California and Washington State to secure a bid to a minor bowl.
AP

The Washington Huskies play their second-to-last football game of the season Saturday against Cal in Berkeley.  And, even though the Huskies are just 4 and 6, sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the stakes are high for this game. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:46 am
Thu November 18, 2010

M's pitcher Felix Hernandez named American League's best

Felix Hernandez, seen here with teammate Chone Figgins in September, has been named the American League's Cy Young Award winner for 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Mariners' Felix Hernandez has won his first Cy Young Award.  He was recognized Thursday as the American League’s best pitcher for the 2010 season.  Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick about Felix’s honor in this week’s installment of Sports with Art Thiel. 

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