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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Northwest Wine
4:22 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Scientist: Climate Change Unlikely To Seriously Affect Northwest Wine

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 3:17 pm

The Northwest is well positioned to make wine into the future despite global climate change. So says a scientist who presented his findings on climate change and wine at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Monday.

Wine grape vines can be productive for decades. But how will climate change affect that? That’s the question Antonio Busalacchi, with the University of Maryland, sought to answer.

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Energy Secretary
6:20 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New U.S. Energy Secretary Set To Visit Hanford This Week

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Ernest Moniz, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visits Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington on Wednesday. Among the issues he will have to deal with are the leaking underground tanks of radioactive waste and the troubled waste treatment plant.

From his resume, it appears Moniz isn’t short on brainpower. He’s been on the faculty of MIT since 1973. Secretary Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University.

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Hanford Tank Leak
4:21 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Report Says It Could Take Six Years To Empty Leaking Hanford Tank

Tank AY-102 is in the 241 tank farm.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The federal government says in a new report that it may take six years to start emptying a leaking double-hulled tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Manhattan Project Records
6:46 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Richland Rediscovers Manhattan Project Era Documents

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 5:20 pm

City of Richland workers recently rediscovered many documents from the Manhattan Project era. They are finding old records from when the southeastern Washington city was a high-security government town that sprung up to build the Atomic Bomb.

The City of Richland recently hired a public records consultant. It needed help sorting out just what to keep, what to throw out and how to organize it all.

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GM Wheat
4:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

USDA Says GM Wheat In Oregon Appears To Be 'Isolated Incident'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:14 pm

The US Department of Agriculture says stalks of genetically modified wheat found in a field in Oregon look to be an isolated incident. In an announcement Friday the agency says its own tests confirm the suspect wheat carries modified genes designed by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Northwest farmers appear relieved that the government is calling the discovery of genetically modified wheat “a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm.”

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WSU Everett
4:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

WSU Delays Academic Programs In Everett

Washington State University

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:50 pm

Washington State University has scrapped plans to expand its academic offerings at a satellite college center in Everett. It blames budget uncertainty in the Washington State legislature.

Colleen Kerr is the lead spokeswoman on the project for WSU. She says the university made the announcement Thursday because it can’t pull together the additional degree offerings planned to begin in August if funding isn’t secure.

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Seafood Shop
4:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Tribal-Owned Retail Fish Shop Set To Open On Columbia River

Brigham Campbell, 14, of Cascade Locks holds a recent catch of shad in Cascade Locks, Ore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

For thousands of years, Northwest tribes have used the Columbia River as a regional center of commerce. For the first time this summer, they’re building a new venue for their ancient tradition – a native-owned seafood shop.

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Hanford Cleanup
4:49 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Washington State Officials 'Extremely Disappointed' Over Key Hanford Deadlines

Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general say they’re "extremely disappointed" that the U.S. Department of Energy may miss several key deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Bee Sperm Bank
4:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

WSU Researchers To Create Sperm Bank For Honey Bees

Credit Scott Butner / Flickr

Washington State University scientists are developing a sperm bank to capture the biodiversity of honey bees. The hope is to breed stronger pollinators, since populations keep declining.

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NPR Story
4:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

WSU Researchers To Create Sperm Bank For Honey Bees

Scott Butner Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 3:06 pm

Washington State University scientists are developing a sperm bank to capture the biodiversity of honey bees. The hope is to breed stronger pollinators, since populations keep declining.

Researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank. They’re also trying to come up with a new super-bee subspecies that could thwart the phenomenon called colony collapse disorder.

To extract semen from a bee you need a powerful microscope and petit glass tubes.

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