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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Wild Mushroom Supply
5:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply

Wild mushrooms are in short supply.
U.S. Forest Service

Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.

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Hanford Radiation Leak
6:40 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Radioactive Hanford Waste Tank Has A Confirmed Leak

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have confirmed that a radioactive waste tank has a slow leak. That waste isn’t getting into the environment. Richland Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Apple Picker Shortage
4:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit.
threefatcats Flickr

The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

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High Apple Prices
4:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Consumers Could See Higher Apple Prices This Year

The Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, but the Midwest and East’s crop got pummeled this year.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Moms and dads hoping to pack an apple in their children’s lunches might have to budget a bit more this year. That’s because even though the Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, elsewhere there’s a shortage.

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New Wine Science Center
5:18 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

WSU To Dedicate Richland Site For Wine Science Center

Grape vines near Yakima, Wash.
valoharth Flickr

Washington State University is known for its study of agriculture. This week, the university is dedicating a site that will be a research hub for wine.

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Science
10:44 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake

Forensic artists think this is what Kennewick Man looked like.
Brittney Tatchell Courtesy of Doug Owsley

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:41 pm

For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes in Washington state fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Scientists won the battle, and now, after years of careful examination, they're releasing some of their findings.

For starters, Kennewick Man was buff. I mean, really beefcake. So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the man who led the study of the ancient remains.

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Kennewick Man
6:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction.
Photo by Brittney Tatchell Northwest News Network

For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500 year old bones known as Kennewick Man. Now, after years of careful examination, scientists are releasing some of their findings to tribes at meetings this week in Central Washington. As correspondent Anna King reports, Kennewick Man grew up on the coast.

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Kennewick Man Is From Coast
5:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Turns Out Kennewick Man Not From Kennewick

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction. Photo by Brittney Tatchell.
Photo by Brittney Tatchell Northwest News Network

Kennewick Man spent most of his life on the coast, not in the region on the Columbia River where he was found. So says the federal scientist who fought for nearly 10 years to study the 9,500 year old bones. The scientist released some of his findings at a conference this week with Northwest tribes

Kennewick Man’s bones give an indication of what he ate, and how he lived. The research shows he wasn’t fond of oysters or clams but instead his menu included big sea creatures like seals.

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Latino Voters
6:29 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Number Of Eligible Young Latino Voters Rising, But Will They Be Counted?

Altagracia Herrera, 25, shares information about a young professionals group with other young people at the recent Rock the Vote event in Richland. Herrera says she wishes more Latinos would vote and become political leaders for their community
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we are looking at why Latinos have so little clout in Northwest politics, even though they’re the region’s largest minority group. One reason: Latinos are a younger demographic. And younger people -- no matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people. But one issue that’s energized many young Latinos is the DREAM Act. It would create a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. Anna King has our story.

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Northwest Wheat Farming
6:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Farmers Plant Wheat In Dust, Hope For Rain

Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one Northwest wheat grower in the vast Horse Heaven Hills near Prosser, Washington.

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