Anna King

Northwest News Reporter

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.


The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.


While not on the job, Anna enjoys snowboarding, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She lives in Richland with her husband Andy Plymale.

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Christmas Trees
6:40 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Your Christmas Tree Might Cost More This Year

A stronger economy and several years of cutbacks on plantings in the Northwest have upped prices of Christmas trees.
Credit Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day. The average Christmas tree might be a bit more expensive this year.

Here's why.

A stronger economy and several years of cutbacks on plantings in the Northwest have upped prices this year. Like a few dollars per tree for the farmer.

Bryan Ostlund heads the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association in Salem, Oregon.

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Radioactive Water Filtration
7:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Richland Company Helps Treat Leaking Radioactive Water In Japan

Kurion's new water filtering system has arrived in Japan. It will help filter radioactive particles out of contaminated ground water at the earthquake-struck Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
Credit Kurion

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

It’s intended to treat thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

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Wine Shipping
7:49 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Polar Express For Grown-Ups: Washington Wine Shipments Frantic Before Holidays

Jim Kleist runs the west coast for a large wine and produce shipping company called RailEx. The Wallula, Washington, wine facility is as big as 11 football fields under one roof.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

For the Northwest wine industry this is crunch time. A massive rail and trucking facility in southeast Washington is pushing its final shipments out to arrive on store shelves before the New Year.

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Port Delays
7:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Port Slowdowns Keep Northwest Farm Exports Stuck On The Ranch

Drex Gauntt says much of his 2014 hay crop is still under the shed on his farm and he hasn't been paid for it because of delays at Western sea ports.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

A slow down at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest. Produce processors are laying off production line workers. Apples are backing up. And the summer’s premium hay is stacked in sheds not moving.

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Hanford Waste Tanks
7:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal GAO Report: Hanford Radioactive Waste Tanks Need New Plan

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

There’s got to be a better plan for leaking tanks of waste at Washington State’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to a new report by the federal Government Accountability Office.

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Hanford Museum
5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Approves Nuclear History Park At Hanford

Congress has approved a new national park in Washington state that commemorates the Manhattan Project at Hanford.

The defense spending bill passed by Congress Friday included the biggest expansion of the national parks system in decades.

If this bill is signed into law by President Obama, it could bring thousands more visitors to the B Reactor at the Hanford Site. The reactor was the first full scale nuclear reactor and was built during World War II.

100,000 people visited the museum last year through the Department of Energy tours.

Hanford Museum
4:40 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

National Defense Bill Includes Museum At Hanford's B Reactor

The latest defense bill would create a new set of national parks including a museum at Hanford's B Reactor.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

A bill that passed Thursday in the U.S. House included big changes for the Tri-Cities. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015 would create a new set of national parks in honor of the top secret Manhattan Project.

That would include a museum at Hanford and other historical sites.

Officials in the Tri-Cities haven’t broken out the bourbon to toast quite yet. This national defense bill still has to pass the Senate intact. And it must be signed off by President Obama.

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Tractor Parade
7:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Holiday Tractor Parade In Sunnyside Plows Ahead This Weekend

A tractor wreathed in lights in Sunnyside.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

If you’re from Eastern Washington, nothing says December fun like lighted up tractors.
 
Back in ’89, a couple of Sunnyside farmers and businessmen decided they weren’t going to be outdone.

"If they have a boat parade in the Tri-Cities on the Columbia river," says Ervin Kilian, "why can’t we have a implement parade in the farming country?"

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Reducing HIV Infections
6:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Wants To Cut New HIV Infections By Half In 2020

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to cut the number of HIV infections in half by the year 2020.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said by the year 2020, he wants to cut the number of new HIV infections in half. 

Heather Hill, a manager with the Benton-Franklin Health District in Kennewick, has seen a shift since AIDS emerged.

"In my 30-year public health career I’ve seen a real change in attitude in a lot of people that, ‘so what if I get an STD, it’s treatable,’ You know, chlamydia has become pretty normal and accepted,” Hill said. “ And that worries me.”

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Port Delay
5:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Christmas Trees Delayed At Northwest Ports

Tedder Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:23 pm

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

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