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 News
9:55 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Washington’s Strong Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, hefts a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. This year in Washington state farmers say apple pickers are in very short supply.
Anna King


Washington state apple farmers are gearing up to harvest 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 shortage comes as apple prices are high because of crop damage elsewhere in the country. Correspondent Anna King has our report from an apple orchard outside of Prescott, Washington.

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Washington's Apple Crop
4:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Much Of Washington’s Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Much of this year's apple crop will likely rot, because there are not enough workers to get all the fruit in time.
Anne Burgess Wikimedia Commons

Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

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Nuclear Plant Under Investigation
3:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

NRC Looking Into Wash. Nuclear Plant's 11-Year-Old Mistake

The Columbia Generating Station is the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant.
Energy Northwest

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into an 11-year emergency planning mistake at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. Officials at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington used faulty estimates of how much radiation could escape during a crisis.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant
3:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Energy Secretary Investigates Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is personally investigating concerns over Hanford's waste treatment plant.
Dept. of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this week. Chu’s taking time out of his schedule to personally investigate concerns raised about Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant in southeast Washington.

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Forest Health
6:18 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Northwest’s Eastside Forests Are Sick, Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Them

Karen Ripley, a manager with Washington's Department of Natural Resources, stands in in a dry pine and fir forest near Liberty, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100-percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem. Correspondent Anna King reports from the field with one of Washington’s top forest managers.

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Hanford's Nuclear Waste
4:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Questions Linger Over Piping Hanford’s Nuclear Waste To Treatment Plant

This week we heard that yet another top-level government engineer has serious concerns about the design and construction of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chief Engineer Blasts Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Design and Construction

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

Another top-level engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has stepped forward airing serious concerns about the site’s massive waste treatment plant.

In a newly-released memo, the chief engineer charges there are serious problems with Bechtel National’s design and construction of the plant. And that the company should be taken off key portions of the project. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Potential Radioactive Tank Leak
4:57 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Hanford Expert: Possible Tank Leak Doesn’t Change Goal Of Stabilizing Waste

Next month scientists at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation plan to use a robotic rover to examine an underground tank full of radioactive waste that has possibly leaked. The spill isn’t a threat at this point to people or the environment. But the possible leak is raising questions about long-term plans for treating and storing 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

Susan Leckband chairs the Hanford Advisory Board. She says the possible leak isn’t a game changer – she thinks the government can still figure out how to bind up that waste into more-stable glass logs.

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Potential Leak At Hanford
4:43 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Possible Radioactive Tank Leak At Hanford Being Investigated

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

Scientists and engineers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are investigating a possible leak between two walls of a double-shelled nuclear radioactive waste tank there. In September, a robotic rover will explore the tank in question to see where this radioactive material might be coming from, and if the vessel is stable.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:11 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Firefighters Get Handle On Central Washington’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Trees burn in the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Ecology

Firefighters are getting a better handle on the Taylor Bridge fire burning in central Washington State. Fire crews say they have the fire 90 percent contained. So far the blaze has destroyed more than 50 homes and displaced many residents and livestock. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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