About KPLU

About Us

Station Contact Information

Main Phone: 1-800-NPR-KPLU

Email Address: info@kplu.org

  • Mailing Address: 12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447
  • Phone: 253-535-7758
  • Fax: 253-535-8332
  • All official business and financial correspondence, including contributions of support, should be sent to the Tacoma address above.

    If you are sending something to a specific staff member working in our Seattle offices, send your mail to the attention of that staff member at:
  • Mailing Address: 2601 4th Avenue, Suite 150 Seattle, WA 98121
  • Phone: 206-922-1020
  • Fax: 206-748-9255
  • Who We Are

    Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KPLU has been bringing award winning local and National Public Radio news, jazz and blues to the Puget Sound Region since 1966. Known to many as "NPR News and All That Jazz," we find a diverse, growing audience by broadcasting both from our studios on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Washington and near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. We pride ourselves as being the region's leading source of award-winning jazz, blues, and in-depth local and NPR news, 24 hours a day. As we keep pace with the exciting changes in radio, and the advent of our full time jazz webstream and HD2 channel, Jazz24, we now identify ourselves as a public media company, Pacific Public Media. We look to provide more than broadcasting in the traditional sense, and are broadening the international content of KPLU to include all forms of listener-supported media. Pacific Public Media is a community service of Pacific Lutheran University.

    Our History

    Early in 1980 KPLU moved its transmitter site off-campus to a tower near Port Orchard once owned by Burlington Northern Railroad. In February the station added National Public Radio news and information to its program mix.

    In 1983 KPLU switched from classical to jazz and NPR news and by 1985 was broadcasting 24 hours a day. The mid-80s and early 90s also saw an increase in KPLU's geographical coverage as the station installed a network of seven "translators" to relay its signal all over western Washington and lower British Columbia.

    KPLU moved its main transmitter to its present location on West Tiger Mountain in 1989, bringing even wider coverage and a clearer signal to our listeners.

    Listen to us on these channels:

  • KPLU Seattle/Tacoma 88.5
  • KVIX Port Angeles/Victoria 89.3
  • Olympia 90.1
  • Bellingham 88.7
  • Mt. Vernon 105.5
  • Centralia/Chehalis 90.1
  • Raymond/South Bend 90.3
  • West Seattle 92.1
  • Aberdeen/Hoquiam 100.9
  • Longview/Kelso 104.7

    Our Recent Awards


    • Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism: Society of Professional Journalists (national award) "The Impact of War on Children," produced in conjunction with NPR's "The Impact of War" by KPLU reporters Chana Joffe-Walt and Jennifer Wing; edited by former NPR Senior Editor Vicky O'Hara and Supervising Editor Danyell Irby.
    • First Place: General News, Society of Professional Journalists - Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network, "Mentally Ill Children Face Long Wait."
    • First Place: Feature News, Society of Professional Journalists - Paula Wissel, "Cashing in on the Housing Crisis."
    • First Place: Series, PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated): KPLU News Team, "Best of The Meaning of Work - 2008."
    • Second Place: Soft Feature, PRNDI: Chana Joffe-Walt, "Historic Hat Store Looks to Change."
    • Third Place: Documentary, Society of Professional Journalists - Chana Joffe-Walt, "Remembering Rose Hill."

    Previous Years:

  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 1999
  • 1997
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • Press Room: Press releases, news articles, and more about KPLU

    Our Management Team

    Paul Stankavich
    General Manager

    Paul joined KPLU in 2007 after nearly 40 years traveling the country leading numerous public radio and television stations into the future. His career has taken him from Ohio to Wisconsin; from Minnesota to Pennsylvania; from Washington to Alaska; and here to KPLU. He currently serves as the President of Western States Public Radio and provides leadership for several Public Radio advisory and advocacy groups. There are few questions Paul doesn't know the answer to, and we like it that way.


    Joey Cohn
    Assistant General Manager / Director of Content

    In 1987 Joey Cohn joined the KPLU team as the Morning Jazz Host and Music Director. Over the years, he has grown KPLU's programming and audience to award winning heights. Under Joey's leadership, KPLU has won numerous national awards including the Edward R. Murrow, for news, and the Marconi, for Jazz Station of the Year. Joey's passion for radio often reveals itself in his secondary position as the station ham. We think he's funny... most of the time.


    Jeff Bauman
    Assistant General Manager / Director of Support Services

    Working at KPLU for over 20 years means Jeff knows more than a little about a lot of things. It's hard to imagine that the man who has a gadget for everything comes with a background in theater and history. After a few early years behind the mic in North Carolina, Alabama and Taiwan, Jeff has spent two decades keeping all of us organized and KPLU operations running smoothly.


    Jennifer Strachan
    Assistant General Manager / Director of Public Media

    Jennifer joined KPLU, and the radio world, in 2008 after 17 years in television. Following a decade in news and corporate production, Jennifer found public television and discovered the public broadcasting buzz! She's never looked back. Now, as she charts the new media course for KPLU, she is often seen sprinting (with iPhone in hand) to keep ahead of the speeding technology train.


    Nick Francis
    Music Director

    A native of Los Angeles and graduate of UCLA, Francis began his radio career in 1983 at KLSK-FM, an eclectic-based jazz station in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then, he has programmed jazz radio at stations all around the country, including KKSF/San Francisco and WJZZ/Atlanta. During his seven years as Program Director at KYOT/Phoenix, he helped it become the first jazz station in America to achieve number-one status in the ratings. He joined the KPLU team in November 2005.

    His most memorable KPLU radio moment was meeting and interviewing Mose Allison. He lives in North Tacoma, and is married to photographer Sharon Styer.


    Jazz Hosts

    Erin Hennessey
    News Director

    Erin Hennessey has been overseeing the stationís news team since 1996. From 1991-1996 she was KPLUís All Things Considered Host. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.

    Erin's most memorable moment at KPLU: "Interviewing NPR's Cokie Roberts about multi-faith families and the challenges of juggling different holiday traditions."


    News Reporters and Hosts

    Station Contacts

    Mary Dunaway
  • Major Gift Officer
  • mdunaway@kplu.org

  • Marleen Lucas
  • Listener Relations Manager
  • mlucas@kplu.org

  • Bob Nordberg
  • KPLU Underwriting Manager
  • bnordberg@seattlepublicradio.org

  • KPLU Underwriting Staff

    Justin Steyer
  • Multimedia Manager
  • jsteyer@kplu.org

  • Brenda Goldstein-Young
  • Promotions Director
  • bgoldstein@kplu.org

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