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 March 1, 2013

Sounders start fifth season 'in flux'

Seattle Sounders players run during training camp in Tukwila, Jan. 22, 2013.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin their fifth season Saturday night at home against the Montreal Impact. 

The Sounders have made some changes in the offseason. And according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, there are a lot of things still up in the air.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Young Mariner veterans need to step up this season

Justin Smoak, right, is congratulated by Jesus Montero after a home run last season.
Orlin Wagner AP Photo

The Mariners begin spring training play this weekend in Arizona. 

KPLU sports commentator shares his thoughts on the new additions to the team and his concerns about some young returning players.


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Jazz & Blues
8:40 am
Thu February 21, 2013

3 local high school jazz bands to compete in elite NYC competition

Garfield High School jazz band
www.theculturemom.com

Three Seattle-area high school jazz bands have been selected from nearly 100 schools across the country to compete in this year’s prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City.

Jazz bands from Garfield and Roosevelt in Seattle as well as Edmonds-Woodway were the only three high schools selected from a region that includes 11 states and several Canadian provinces.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Lovefest for Felix; M's pitcher now highest paid hurler in baseball

An emotional Felix Hernandez is greeted by Mariners employees wearing yellow "Kings Court" T-shirts at Safeco Field. Hernandez this week signed a seven-year, $175 million contract that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

First came the American League Cy Young Award in 2010. Then, last year’s perfect game. 

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says nothing compares to the outpouring of emotion he witnessed this week at Safeco Field as the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez signed a contract that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. 


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Mariners' Montero bewildered by link to drug scandal, victim of 'Lance Armstrong effect'

Jesus Montero
Elaine Thompson AP

Mariner catcher Jesus Montero has been linked to a clinic in Florida that’s under investigation for distributing performance-enhancing drugs. His name was found on a list. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s nothing more than that right now.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Why Seahawks fans should cheer for 49ers in Super Bowl

From jeers to cheers? Seahawks fans celebrate a play against the 49ers in the game last month in which Seattle routed San Francisco 42-13. Art Thiel says Hawks fans should root for the division rivals in the Super Bowl.
John Froschauer AP Photo

Seahawks fans may have nothing but contempt for their division rivals the San Francisco 49ers. But when it comes to who to cheer for in the Super Bowl, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why it’s good to root for the 49ers over the Baltimore Ravens.


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Blues
6:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Cold Weather Blues: 5 songs that feel your mid-winter pain

In the Western Hemisphere, January is typically the coldest month of the year.  Most of us feel that if we can somehow drag ourselves through January, things will begin to turn around and we’ll be on the road to springtime. 

But January is also typically the month that feels as if it will never end.  So as we slog through the cold rain and snow, awaiting January’s demise, here are five winter blues songs to help get us through:

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Ball in Sacramento's court in battle with Seattle over Kings

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on Tuesday, introducing the first part of his plan to keep the Kings in Sacramento. The move came a day after the Maloof family signed an agreement to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle investment group - with the goal of moving the team to Seattle - is not a slam dunk. It still needs NBA approval. And momentum is growing in Sacramento to try to keep the Kings there.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel tries to clear up some of the confusion Seattle fans may have about what's going on.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Looking back at Seahawks' playoff loss, and ahead to next season

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks off the field during the first half of Sunday’s playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta.
John Bazemore AP Photo

Seahawks fans still have a lot of anguish and, for some, anger about Sunday's playoff loss to Atlanta. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has some answers for fans, and a look ahead to next season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

What the Seahawks have to do to beat the Falcons

Art Thiel says Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is the key to beating the Falcons Sunday.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

The Seahawks have their work cut out for them Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's going to be an uncomfortably close game.


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Sports with Art Thiel
11:06 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Wilson leads Seahawks past Redskins in playoffs; Falcons next

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson waves as he leaves the field after the Seahawks beat the Redskins 24-14 Sunday in the NFC wild card playoff game.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks past the Redskins 24-14 in the NFC wild card playoff game Sunday in Washington, D.C.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was there.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:02 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Why the Seahawks will beat RG3 and the Redskins

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson
AP Photo

Two rookie quarterbacks who've shined in the regular season will go head-to-head Sunday in Washington D.C., as Russell Wilson and the Seahawks go up against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

Find out why KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the Seahawks will prevail.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 5 sports stories of 2012

Nathan Adrian bringing home the gold
AP Photo

What do a swimmer, a rookie quarterback, a perfect pitcher and a hedge fund manager have in common?

They're all on KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel's list of the top 5 sports stories of 2012.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Rookie-led Seahawks poised for playoffs

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills Dec. 16 in Toronto.
Mike Groll AP Photo

The Seahawks will be in the national spotlight when they host the San Francisco 49ers for Sunday Night Football on NBC.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's going to be an intense, high-scoring game that should live up to the hype. Not to mention that the Seahawks could seal a wildcard playoff berth with a win.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

WSU probe raises questions; UW bowl ticket sales lag

This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University has cleared its football coach of accusations of abuse. And the University of Washington is trying to lure more fans to Las Vegas for the team’s bowl game next weekend.

Both of those topics were on the mind of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel this week.

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