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 trail running, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She's most at peace on top a Northwest mountain with her husband Andy Plymale and their muddy Aussie-dog Poa.


Hanford Lawsuit
4:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hanford Watchdogs And Union Intend To Sue Federal Government Over Tank Vapors At Site

Three groups intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor over vapors from storage tanks at Hanford.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Thursday three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

Seattle-based watchdog group Hanford Challenge, a Richland workers’ union, and the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility are piling on. They said there’s been a lack of action at the Hanford site to correct worker exposures to harmful tank vapors.

The groups notified Energy and Hanford contractor Washington River Protection Solutions about the intent to sue in 90 days.

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Hanford Vapors
4:50 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington State Steps Up To Sue Over Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Washington state intends to sue the federal government if Hanford workers are not better protected at the tank farms on the site.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

For decades workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have been complaining of vapors from radioactive sludge. Workers at the tank farms say the fumes give them sore throats, headaches and dizziness. Now Washington State says it intends to sue the U.S. Department of Energy in 90 days if more isn’t done to protect these workers.

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Ebola Preparedness
7:22 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Small Towns Across The Northwest Get Ready For Ebola

Small towns across the Northwest are buying protective equipment and preparing their staff. From left, Donna Tuning, Trish Reinmuth and Tina Glockner of say they "are in" for caring for patients with Ebola that show up at their hospital.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Small-town hospitals and clinics across the Northwest are scrambling to prepare for Ebola.

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Washington Apples
4:46 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Farmers Scramble To Save Last Of Their Fruit In Cold

Workers at Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington pulled some midnight shifts lately to try and save the last of the apples from the recent arctic air. Once apples are frozen, they can’t be sold on the fresh market.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

You’ve probably noticed the arctic air mass from the North Pole nuzzling in close here for a icy hug. What you might not have thought of is this: The cold apples in Northwest, and the people struggling to harvest the last of them.

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Methow Valley Mudslides
6:37 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Can A Little Grass Seed Prevent Further Mudslides In The Methow Valley?

Some bunch grass in the Methow Valley made it through the Carlton Complex fires and is coming back.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Carlton Complex fires burned more than 255,000 acres in Washington’s Methow Valley past summer. There are thousands of fire-scrubbed hillsides and slopes that threaten to become torrents of mud running down in nearly every direction.

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Methow Valley
5:14 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Methow Valley Residents Brace For A Long, Tough Winter

Nearly half of the 350 houses that were burned down in Methow Valley fires were uninsured leaving residents to face a tough winter.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The fires and immediate mudslides are over in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. Now a lot of tough work has begun.

Cattle fences are still down, orchards are scorched, homes are burned down, creeks need stabilizing. And the snow is coming. 

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Hanford Digging
6:07 am
Fri November 7, 2014

How Much Digging Should The Government Do At Hanford?

An aerial view of the 200 Area at Hanford -- also known as the Central Plateau.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Removing and disposing of contaminated soil is one of the biggest jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

So when government officials announced this week they want to look into digging a bit shallower at the southeast Washington site, a lot of people took notice.

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Hanford Budget Battle
10:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dems' Loss of the Senate Could Rattle Budget At Hanford

Senator Patty Murray

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 9:07 pm

The U.S. Senate has flipped to Republican control. Workers and managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are watching to see what the change could mean for cleanup in southeast Washington.

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6:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Northwest States Shaping Up Ebola Policies As More Travelers Arrive Home

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho policies are working on how to deal with travelers in Ebola-exposed countries
Credit CDC

  Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola .

In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was hospitalized Friday with a fever. But the ink isn’t yet dry on Washington, Oregon and Idaho’s policies on how to isolate these travelers. And the hustle is on to adequately train healthcare workers. 

Oregon state officials said they have fully adopted the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention protocol. The state has also adapted its own CDC based algorithm to access someone’s risk level of developing Ebola.

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Apples To China
6:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Washington Apples: Load Up, You’re On The Boat To China Again

Credit Washington Apple Commission / Northwest News Network


Washington apples will soon be packed aboard boats to China. That’s because the Chinese government approved market access to Northwest fruit today after a two-year market closure. 

Getting access to China is essentially a $50 million dollar deal per year for Washington apples farmers.

The Chinese government closed off markets in August of 2012. China said it was concerned about a recently discovered fungus.

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