Ariel Van Cleave

Morning Edition Producer

Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX. 

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The vast majority of gifted programs in public schools across Washington state are filled with white and Asian students. It's one reason Federal Way Public Schools has been expanding its “gifted pool” to bring in more students of color and children from low-income families. 

But Seattle Times education reporter Claudia Rowe discovered the district was an outlier among others in the state. She also found out the state mandates for gifted programs are more lax when compared to other districts across the country, specifically in Florida. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for friends and family to gather together, share a meal and express gratitude. But sometimes things can go wrong.

We asked some of the staff in the KNKX newsroom to share their own Thanksgiving mishaps.

Youth and education reporter Ashley Gross, All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, News Director Erin Hennessey and our South Sound reporter, Will James, had stories to tell.

We hope things go better for you on this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at KNKX!

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We will be seeing a lot of rain into Thursday with the expectation of flooding in certain parts of Western Washington. And the tropical air that has moved into the region brought a record breaking high temperature for Tuesday night as well. 

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Some commuters on the morning ferry from Bremerton to Seattle have been getting to know each other a little better, thanks to a project dubbed “Rock the Boat.” Chris Dimmitt is the one who came up with the idea after moving to Bremerton in April and commuting to Seattle every day for work.

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The Swinomish Tribe is opening a substance abuse treatment clinic in Anacortes, and staff are calling it the most comprehensive drug addiction program in the state.

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This year’s Indigenous Showcase at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum comes to a close Saturday. The annual event has been around for a decade and has given many Indigenous filmmakers an outlet to tell stories about their culture.

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Washington State University is facing a $30 million budget deficit. University President Kirk Schulz is calling for 2.5 percent cuts in all departments to get the school back in the black in the next three years. 

The situation has raised a lot of questions about how all this happened. KNKX Morning Edition Producer Ariel Van Cleave turned to Spokesman-Review higher education reporter Chad Sokol for some answers.  

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Balancing business development, focusing on environmentally-conscious projects and combating homelessness are just a few of the issues coming up in Tacoma. Voters now have an opportunity to decide who will lead the city into its next phase.

Voters in Everett will be electing a new mayor next month. The city’s current leader, Ray Stephanson, is stepping down after 14 years in the role.

 

 

Cassie Franklin and Judy Tuohy both serve on the city council, though both are relative newcomers to those roles. Franklin has been on the council for about two years while Tuohy has served for three.

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Central Washington University recently installed an anechoic chamber in its new science building. These chambers are used to study sound without any outside noise or distractions. The chamber itself is filled with 596 foam wedges that essentially trap the sound. 

Normally when we hear a sound, we're also hearing the sound waves bounce off of the surfaces in the room, interfering with each other in complex ways. That's how our brains are used to listening.

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The University of Washington admitted its most diverse incoming class in the school’s history this year, but black students made up less than 3 percent of that population. Students like Mayowa Aina say that’s no surprise. She saw very few students who looked like her during her five years on campus.

 

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Pinball was considered gambling in the 1950s and 1960s. But Seattle's city leaders, police and King County Prosecutor Charles O. Carroll all turned a blind eye to the game as part of what was known as the "Tolerance Policy." 

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There are a lot of opinions about what projects should get a green light at the Port of Tacoma. In the last few years there’s been more of a push to move away from the traditional industries like mines and fossil fuels to more environmentally-conscious plans. But not everyone is in agreement.

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Fall doesn't technically start until Sept. 21, but it's arriving early this year as a front moves into the region this weekend. KNKX weather expert Cliff mass says it'll bring cooler temperatures and rain. 

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Students are heading back to class and some are facing the daunting task of dealing with a new school and new expectations.

High school freshmen can have a difficult time getting started. But there are programs geared toward making sure those students who may have fallen through the cracks don’t.

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The fast ferry between Bremerton and Seattle has been up and running since July. It cuts travel time between the two in half. The quicker commute could entice some Seattle residents to head west with hopes of finding more affordable housing.

But is that really the case? 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick spoke with Kitsap Sun business reporter Tad Sooter to find out.


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There has been a lot of talk about the solar eclipse and its effect on humans: Traffic will be a nightmare, cell service might be jammed, and you could seriously damage your eyes if you don’t have proper protection.

 

But what kind of effect will the eclipse have on your pets?

 

 

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Updated at 3:14 p.m. Monday Aug. 14 with the council's passage of the law.

 

The Seattle City Council passed a law Monday that mostly prevents landlords from screening potential tenants by criminal history.

 

The “Fair Chance Housing" ordinance passed in a 8-0 vote (Councilmember Kshama Sawant was absent). The law is intended to expand housing options for those with criminal records.

 

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Preston Singletary is an internationally recognized blown-glass artist who lives and works in Seattle. He uses his art to share the traditions of his Tlingit culture. But over the last few years he’s been working on another project as a way to communicate those Native traditions. Only this time, it’s with music.

 


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Voters are finding this year’s primary ballots filled with names of candidates hoping to make the cut to run in the general election. Those crowded ballots are becoming the norm.

 

 


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This segment originally aired February 18, 2017. 

For comedians like Seattle’s Scott Losse, sharing lots of information about their flaws and their family members is just a given. He goes on stage in front of a live audiences telling jokes about things like his lifelong issues with anxiety and his deep love for his 16-year-old cat named Kitty.

But comedy often comes from pain, and that's true for Scott. When he was younger, Scott lost his two older brothers — one from suicide, the other, in a car accident.

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There will be plenty of sunshine and opportunities for enjoying the outdoors this weekend, especially in and around Seattle. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the city "is known to have the best summer in the United States."

We'll have highs in the upper 70s for Friday and Saturday for the whole region, with no precipitation and hardly any clouds.

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Lawmakers released an education funding plan for the state of Washington at the end of June. The plan allocates $7.3 billion to K-12 public schools throughout the state over the next four years.

But there are still a lot of questions about whether this goes far enough to satisfy the state Supreme Court ruling known as the McCleary decision.

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The creation of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks had a profound impact on the future of the region environmentally, economically and geographically. But that impact was immediately felt by one Native American tribe in particular.

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The shooting death of Charleena Lyles by Seattle police has once again brought the use of deadly force into the spotlight. Friends and family of Lyles have asked why other less-lethal force wasn’t used when two officers responded to an attempted burglary report at Lyles’ apartment Sunday morning.

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The majority of teachers across the country are white. But the student population is much more diverse. A panel of local education experts will be on stage at Town Hall Seattle June 15 for an event called #EducationSoWhite to talk about how that gap can impact everyone inside schools.

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There’s still no decision on how the state will fund basic education. Lawmakers are in the midst of a second special session, trying to come up with a plan to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and the deadline is looming.

88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave spoke with Seattle Times education reporter Neal Morton to get an update on negotiations.

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Imagine you walk into a room filled with complete strangers, but everyone’s there for the same purpose: they are there to snuggle up and to cuddle. These so-called “cuddle parties” truly do exist. Maybe this is not your thing, and maybe the thought of a snuggling with someone you don’t know makes you want to run screaming in the other direction. Well, you are not alone. It’s definitely not for 88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave. But Ariel is always up to challenging her fears, so she recently set out to take part in one of these cuddling events and shares her experience.

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Tacoma was once home to vibrant Japanese-American neighborhood full of photo studios, barbershops, and families. That was before almost 900 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from the city 75 years ago this week. 

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The Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in New York City wrapped up over the weekend. There were 15 bands from across the country competing, and festival director Wynton Marsalis explained that meant the pressure was on.

 

"Because there's so much love, there's so much energy and pain that goes into playing in these ensembles, and so much rehearsing early in the morning and late at night," Marsalis said. "And now you're on stage and you're nervous and you're trying to do the best you can do."

 

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