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 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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Safety At Hanford
4:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Flammable Gas In Hanford Waste Tanks Concerns Nuclear Watchdog

Tanks at the Hanford site.
U.S. Dept. of Energy

A federal nuclear watchdog is pushing Hanford managers to come up with a fix for flammable gas that may be building up in underground waste tanks. This is the latest round of criticism of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

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Hanfod Radioactive Machinery
6:30 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Hanford Machinery Gets Off Site With Radioactivity

Photo of Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

A federal contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation mistakenly sent a contaminated excavator to a repair shop offsite several weeks ago. No one caught the mistake until the excavator was checked back in late Monday.

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The Salt
12:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, Wash., carries a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:57 pm

In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.

This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.

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Effects Of Northwest Smoke
4:09 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Northwest Smoke Makes Air In Some Areas Worse Than L.A.

Experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects from the wildfire smoke.
Vince Patton OPB

About a dozen wildfires are still burning in the Northwest, keeping the air hazy and unhealthy. But experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Apple Picker Shortage
6:44 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Washingon's Massive Apple Crop Slow To Come Off Trees

Photo of apple picker.
Photo Credit: Anna King

Washington state apple growers are harvesting the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The bulk of the region’s fruit will be picked in the next few weeks. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the labor shortage comes as apple prices are high.

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Cleaning Up Hanford
6:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Gregoire Says Energy Secretary Chu 'Committed' To Hanford Work

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, shown here, told her last week that he’s spending 10 hours a week personally dealing with Hanford’s major issues.
Dept. of Energy

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’s hoping the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s personal attention to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can avert a lawsuit over cleanup delays there. She made the comments today after a speech about Hanford in the Tri-Cities in southeast Washington.

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Kennewick Man's Secrets Revealed
5:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Some Of Kennewick Man’s Secrets Revealed Soon By Top Researcher

Kennewick Man is coming back into the news. A new book includes some of the key findings about the 9,000-year-old skeleton found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1996. And next month, the book’s author and the lead researcher on Kennewick Man plans to share the results of years of study.

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Northwest News
7:58 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Wenatchee Residents Deal With Smoke And Uncertainty

Two fires in Central Washington state near the resort town of Wenatchee have merged together. Firefighters are struggling to get the blaze contained.

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Wenatchee Complex Wildfire
4:07 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Wenatchee Complex Fire Grows, Residents Evacuate

The Wenatchee Complex wildfire is sending a thick blanket of smoke through the Central Washington town. Some residents of Wenatchee and nearby communities have fled their homes. Several fires have combined to make a more than 1,000-acre blaze in the hills near town. A lightning storm Saturday night started more than two dozen fires in the area; many are still burning.

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