News articles from KPLU


kplu wins SPJ Awards
12:19 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

KPLU wins regional SPJ awards

KPLU Law and Justice Reporter Paula Wissel, left, and KPLU Business and Labor Reporter Ashley Gross are seen with their first-place awards.

A number of awards were bestowed upon KPLU in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists' (Western Washington chapter) Excellence in Journalism Competition.  This year's contest covered work produced or published in 2012 within the region.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Thank you for supporting KPLU and the GiveBIG campaign!

Thank you to all of our listeners who contributed to KPLU through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign.

Thanks to your generosity, we received just over $40,000 from our supporters!

School of Jazz
12:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9 is now available

Several of Western Washington’s finest high school jazz programs and jazz professionals are showcased on KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9, the station’s latest CD release which is the culmination of this year’s mentoring project.

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Support KPLU
11:34 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

GiveBIG on May 15th!

Can we count on your support for The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG challenge on May 15th? Plan on rallying your friends and supporting your favorite charity (us!) as part of one of the biggest days of giving in our region. Come back here to on May 15th and click on the GiveBIG button to make a donation. 


kplu wins SPJ Award
1:42 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

KPLU wins national SPJ award for pot legalization series

KPLU has won the 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism (SPJ) for “If it’s legal: Five ways pot could affect your life.” Sigma Delta Chi Award winners will be honored at a banquet on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Judges selected this year’s winners from over 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2012.  The contest is open to all United States media outlets.  This marks the second time KPLU has won a national SPJ award. 

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KPLU wins Murrow Award
1:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

KPLU wins regional Murrow Award for pot legalization series

KPLU has garnered a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA). The award for Best Audio News Series is in recognition of the KPLU News team’s 2012 pre-election series, “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life.”

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Support KPLU Today
12:35 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Thank you for supporting KPLU during our spring pledge drive!

Justin Steyer KPLU

The four-day spring pledge drive has ended. Thank you for your support! Also, a big thanks to the  companies who were generous enough to donate their products during the 2013 Spring Pledge Drive. If you missed the pledge drive, you can still make your pledge today.

Studio sessions
10:52 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Tune in: Live studio session with Holly Cole

Tune in Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. for a live performance by Holly Cole and her band on KPLU, hosted by Abe Beeson. (Listen live >>>)

“Cole’s voice: smoky, though not quite sultry; as sly as it is sexy; and brimming with adventure bordering on recklessness. And it bears an alluring touch of darkness, though it’s not without a mitigating hint of optimism.” - The Wall Street Journal

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Jazz and Blues
4:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Girl Scouts are stuck on Dick Stein

Dick Stein is honored by the Girl Scouts for suggesting a sticker saying "I Bought Girl Scout Cookies" in the Anderson University Center at PLU on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
John Froschauer

KPLU's Midday Jazz Host Dick Stein is one smart cookie. And his ideas aren’t half-baked, either.  

Stein was honored today by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington on the Pacific Lutheran University campus for coming up with a good idea that really stuck.

Like thousands of other Western Washington residents, Stein buys Girl Scout Cookies every year. 

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10:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Geriatric sea otter takes it to the hoop at Oregon Zoo

15-year-old Eddie the sea otter.
The Oregon Zoo

Nothing but net? No problem for one sporty sea otter at the Oregon Zoo.

Eddie the otter has been trained to dunk a basketball through a small plastic hoop. It's an exercise a veterinarian recommended for his arthritic elbows.

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Listen Now!
12:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Listen to the 50 Greatest Jazz Vocals of All Time

Last month more than 4,600 votes were cast by our listeners for the songs they felt were the greatest jazz vocal of all time.

The votes have been counted and the top 50 songs are now available below in our 24/7 stream!

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9:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tonight on KPLU: The SFJAZZ Center's historic opening concert

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opens with a star-studded concert tonight, hosted by Bill Cosby. 

Artists include: McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, Eric Reed, and more! 


7:25 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

SFJAZZ Center star-studded opening concert

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Jan. 23.

Listen to the concert. Video will be available in the following days. 

NBA in Seattle
12:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Reports: Seattle on the verge of having an NBA team

Former Husky Isaiah Thomas could be making a return to the Pacific Northwest if the Sacramento Kings are relocated to Seattle.
The Associated Press

People with knowledge of the situation say investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.

Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the teams owners are finalizing a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Seattle group with plans to relocate franchise. 

Yahoo Sports reported the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that price is surprising – it’s $100 million higher than the selling price for any other professional basketball team.

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Vote Now!
3:19 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

50 Great Jazz Vocals: What songs should make the list?

Click on the link below to cast your vote!

We are putting together a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time. 

According to who? Well, according to you!  

This is your chance to cast your vote for the songs you think should be on a 'best-of'' jazz vocals list. Vote for up to three songs, and please include the song title and artist's name. 

After we compile the results, the quintessential 50 will be available for streaming on and