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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Hanford's "Black Cells"
4:17 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Energy Secretary, Experts Take Closer Look At Hanford's Black Cells

A new research panel, which includes Secretary Steven Chu himself, is aimed at ensuring problems inside "black cells" can be detected and fixed.
Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s so-called “black cells” are getting another look from a new high-level group of experts. The announcement today from the U.S. Department of Energy comes just as the southeast Washington nuclear site implements new safety standards for non-radioactive risks.

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Hanford Waste Tanks Cleanup
5:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Three Hanford Tanks Could Be Cleaned Out By End Of Summer

The Mobile Arm Retrieval System (MARS) arm stretches into a huge tank that simulates the nuclear waste found inside a Hanford storage tank.
Department of Energy

Washington environmental regulators are hoping that crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will clean out three more aging tanks of radioactive waste by the end of summer. A federal judge has ordered that ten tanks in an area known as “C-Farm” have to be closed by September of 2014.

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Northwest Potato Disease
4:47 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

'Zebra Chip' Disease Concerns Northwest Potato Growers

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripe-like symptoms in the tissue.
USDA

Northwest agriculture researchers say they are finding more cases of a zebra chip disease in the region’s potatoes. The malady mars spuds with dark streaks, making them unsuitable for sale. The latest case cropped up near Hermiston, Ore.

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Northwest Winemakers Optimistic
4:43 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Northwest Winemakers Say 'Normal' 2012 May Make For Great Vintage

Scott Williams, Kiona Vineyards and Winery winemaker, holds a cluster of his Lemberger wine grapes. The grapes are going through a process called véraison where they change color from green to purple and start ripening.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Northwest winemakers say they’re optimistic that 2012 will turn out to be a great vintage. Many of the region’s red wine grapes are just on the edge of starting to change color and ripen. The timing of this color change is a good indication of the coming harvest’s quality. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Grain Prices
5:59 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Northwest Farmers Cash In On Strong Grain Prices During Drought

Owner Todd Ray, of SS Equipment, says his sales are up 20 percent from about two years ago. He owns ten New Holland tractor dealerships in Washington and Oregon. Ray attributes the uptick to higher commodity prices.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are raising because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Correspondent Anna King has this report from central Washington’s grain country.

Wheat stubble, grain elevators and whole lot of wide open – that’s Connell, Washington.

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Strong Northwest Farming Industry
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Northwest Ag Industry Cashing In On Strong Grain Prices, Yields

Todd Ray is the owner of 10 New Holland dealerships in Washington and Oregon. His overall tractor and equipment sales are up 20 percent from two years ago at about this time.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Drought that’s sizzling the rest of the nation has largely left the Northwest states alone. Furthermore, the Midwest’s farmers’ misfortune is actually benefiting farmers here. That’s because grain prices are going up because of the Heartland’s decimated yields. Meanwhile, many Northwest farmers crops are above average.

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Helix Mud Flow
4:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Helix, Ore., Returning To Normalcy After Devastating Mud Flow

Helix, Ore., Mayor Jack Bascomb surveys the damage after a mud flow devastated his town earlier this month.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Helix, Ore., residents have most of their summer programs back online and many buildings back in service after a massive mud flow ripped through much of downtown. A storm sent rivers of mud down early the morning of July 16.

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Hanford's Employee Concern Program Reviewed
5:32 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Report Reviews Hanford Program On Worker Concerns

A view of the 65-acre Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

A new federal report says managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation respond appropriately to most concerns brought up by employees. But the study says sometimes officials at the southeast Washington site don’t explain well enough to employees how they resolve each concern. The report also says initial interviews with concerned employees were often incomplete or too abbreviated to do a proper investigation later.

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Rail Shipping Expansion
4:13 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Northwest Wine Industry To Get Boost From Rail Shipping Expansion

Railex's existing shipping center in Wallula in southeast Washington. The new wine warehouse will be built nearby.
Railex

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

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Mudslide In Oregon Town
6:47 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Small Northeast Oregon Town Digs Out From Mud Flow

Tucker Wilson, 14, and his grandfather Philip Berg, take a short break from cleaning mud up off their 120-acre wheat and hay farm near Helix, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Residents of the tiny northeast Oregon town of Helix are cleaning up after a huge mudflow that inundated much of the community.

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