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.


Farm Bill
4:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Farm Bill Extension Leaves Out Many In Northwest

Congress also failed to renew government support for organic growers’ crop insurance.
Credit USDA

Many Northwest growers are left out of the partial extension of the U.S. Farm Bill included in this week’s fiscal cliff legislation. The new law largely covers conventional agriculture and not the organics, specialty crops and conservation programs that our region’s farmers are known for.

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Oregon Bus Crash
4:17 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

More Northeast Oregon Bus Crash Victims Identified

Emergency personnel at the scene of Sunday's fatal bush crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.
Credit Oregon State Police

Two Korean tourists who were visiting family in Bothell, Wash., are the latest victims to be identified in that deadly bus crash in northeast Oregon. Police say Sunday’s accident east of Pendleton was Oregon’s deadliest crash since 1971. Among the dead were 67-year-old Jung Oun Hong and his 63-year-old wife, Kim Joong Wha of Korea.

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Winter Driving Tips
4:17 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Holiday Drivers Should Go Slow-And-Steady To Grandmother's House

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:53 pm

Travel experts say holiday driving around the Northwest will be especially treacherous this year. Snow, wind, rain and ice are predicted through Christmas. This week, a man from Kennewick died in a car wreck on I-90 during snowy weather in central Washington.

First rule? Yes, you’ve heard it before: “Slow down.”

In case you didn't get that, Alice Fiman, a spokeswoman from Washington’s Department of Transportation adds, “And even if you think you’re going slow enough, slow down again.”

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Birds Of The Weather
4:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Seeing More Hummingbirds In Winter Lately?

Alan Vernon Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:35 pm

As winter begins, humming bird experts say more of the tiny birds may be sticking around the Northwest instead of migrating south.

There are three types of hummingbirds Northwesterners might be seeing more of at feeders or in their yards this time of year: the Rufous, the Anna’s or the Allen’s hummingbirds. These little birds are able to survive the cold by lowering their body temperature, hiding in the lees of tree trunks, shivering to warm up and eating a lot.

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Tracing Chemical Agents
6:31 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Northwest Scientists Discovering New Ways To Trace Chemical Weapons

Carlos Fraga, center, is a Ph.D. chemist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Along with chemist Brian Dockendorff, left, and chemical engineer Gabriel Perez Acosta. He is trying to find ways to trace chemical agents back to their sources.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

President Barack Obama has been publicly warning Syria’s leaders not to use chemical weapons against their own people. The news is unexpectedly relevant in southeast Washington. Researchers at at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing new scientific techniques to trace chemical agents back to their sources.

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Marriage Licenses
4:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

After 26 Years Together Gay Couple Pick Up Their Marriage Certificate In Eastern Washington

Linda McGregor, left, and Diane Marsh, have been together for 26 years. They shed tears on Thursday when they were able to pick up their Washington State marriage license.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

 On the first day of legal same-sex marriage in Washington, the scene was quiet at the Benton County Annex in Kennewick in southeast Washington. Workers sat at the ready to hand out marriage licenses, but only a few people showed up. But one couple that did got their paperwork after 26 years together.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Federal Plan Forward On Hanford Tank Farms Coming Soon

The new document maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government plans to release a major document early next week that could guide a couple of decades worth of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This is important because it maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.

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Immigration Forum
4:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum

Many Northwest farmers have been facing a serious worker shortage.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest agriculture advocates are more optimistic Congress will take up the issue of immigration after a forum this week in Washington, D.C. The effort is getting support from a surprising mix of organizations.

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Safety Culture
5:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Study: Energy Department Has More Work To Do On Safety Culture

Hanford’s 100 Area, located along the banks of the Columbia River.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy still has work to do to improve its own safety culture. That’s the upshot of a recent study on the federal agency that heads environmental cleanup of nuclear waste across the country, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Wheat Exports
5:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Wheat Export Choke-Point Could Drive Down Prices For NW Farmers

A possible strike at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports. Longshoreman in Portland are in tense labor negotiations that could affect six grain terminals including Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound.

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