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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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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Tribal Sentencing Laws
5:37 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws

A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

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Hanford Management
4:47 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Management Change For Hanford Treatment Plant

Kevin Smith is set to become the new Manager of the Office of River Protection.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy

A Hanford watchdog group is concerned with what it calls a “revolving door” for top managers at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

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Leaky Tank At Hanford
6:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Workers empty a radioactive waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Washington River Protection Solutions

Some of the decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current managers. A new report out this week examined why a double-hulled tank of radioactive waste recently sprung a leak in its inner shell. That has raised the possibility of having to pump out the waste from the tank.

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Amazon Shipping Wine
4:41 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Northwest Wineries Latch Onto Online Amazon Sales

Northwest winemakers may be able to expand their customer base now that Amazon is shipping wine to more than a dozen states.
Credit nerissa's ring

This holiday season, Northwest winemakers are hoping to expand their customer base with a new sales venue. Seattle’s online shopping giant Amazon.com is now shipping wine.

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Northwest Olive Growers
4:36 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Northwest Growers Expand Olive Tree Operations

The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Ore., but are now growing increasing acres of olives – a relatively new crop to the Northwest.
Credit Durant Family

Groves of olive trees might bring to mind for you sun-soaked Mediterranean or Californian landscapes. But in the last 10 years, a few Northwest growers have significantly ramped-up their production of domestic olive oil. They harvest just in time for the holidays.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment
5:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Science Teams To Tackle Hanford Plant's Vexing Challenges

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site is a 65-acre complex.
Credit Bechtel National, Inc.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is bolstering the scientific brain power at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. A memo released to employees Thursday says the aim is to solve nagging technical problems at the plant more quickly.

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WA Political Divide
8:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Eastern WA's Red Counties Overwhelmed By Blue

This map shows shows Washington's political divide, at least in the open race for governor.
Credit Photo Credit: Washington Secretary of State

Last night’s election put Washington’s electoral map on display. For the most part, western counties near the Puget Sound voted one way, while Eastern Washington voted more conservative on the issues of same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and in the race for governor.

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Hanford's Leaking Tank
5:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hanford Advisory Board Recommends New Waste Tanks For Hanford’s Leak Situation

The view inside the space between the leaking tank's two walls at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation needs new storage tanks for radioactive waste, now that one of the aging double-hulled tanks has been found to be leaking. That was the consensus Friday of a board that advises federal Hanford managers.

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Day Of The Dead
4:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Some Northwest Latinos Blend Halloween, Day Of The Dead

Day of the dead bread, called pan muerto, has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in at Viera’s Bakery in Pasco.
Credit Anna King

Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

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