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 Nuclear Reactor
6:01 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Hanford's B Reactor Could Help Remember History, Spur Economy

In this photo from World War II, B Reactor can be seen between the water towers on the right side of the photo, along with other facilities that supported the reactor.
Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell made a visit to Richland, Washington Friday to highlight how creating a B Reactor National Historical Park would create jobs and spur tourism in southeast Washington. The B Reactor at Hanford was the world’s first full-scale plutonium production facility. Correspondent Anna King has more.

Senator Maria Cantwell believes despite its dark history, Hanford has an important lesson to share.

“There is a scientific story here about scientific accomplishment,” she says.

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Washington Blueberries
6:07 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Northwest Blueberry Yields Increase Dramatically, But Market Prices Same

Blueberry explosion: Washington state farmers are bringing in more blueberries that ever before this year at more than 60 million pounds. In five years, they are expected to bring in nearly 100 million pounds.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

It’s not news that Washington is producing record amounts of blueberries this year. It happened last year. Next year will likely break another record and the year after that too. The real news is: Where is the fruit going, and why is it still so expensive? Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Downhill Speed Skating
6:06 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival Of Speed' Brings Skateboarding Couple To Southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one young couple that travels the world for downhill skateboarding.

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Coal Train Spill
5:59 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Recent Eastern Washington Coal Spill Raises Questions About Proposed Increased Exports

A train accident in Eastern Washington has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Scott Granneman Flickr

This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa, in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Health Care Ruling Reactions
5:20 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Eastern Washington Residents React To U.S. Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

Outside the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., people had different reactions to the health care ruling.
Allen4names Wikimedia Commons

People across the Northwest have been reacting to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s health care overhaul. Correspondent Anna King spoke to people outside the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland in southeast Washington.

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Hanford Safety Testing
4:07 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Hanford Safety Testing Will Cost 'Tens-Of-Millions'

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site, is a 65-acre complex.
Bechtel National, Inc.

Construction on large sections of a waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will slow down because of major new testing that’s required. That’s the announcement Tuesday from top managers at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Washington Poet Laureate
6:28 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Washington’s Poet Laureate Reflects On Growing Up Near Hanford In New Book

Washington’s poet lauerate Kathleen Flenniken has released a new book of poetry and remembrances of Richland, Washington and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation called “Plume.”
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

There is a lot written about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in scientific journals, news articles and government reports. Now there is a book of poetry. The State of Washington’s poet laureate recently released a book of remembrances about her hometown of Richland. It’s called “Plume.” Kathleen Flenniken returned to southeast Washington for this visit with our correspondent Anna King.

We’re on the shore of the Columbia River at a Richland park. A flotilla of students, in bright kayaks, paddle against the current.

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Cherry Picker Shortage
7:06 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers

The first cherries of the season are coming off the trees in Northwest orchard country, but will there be enough workers to pick them?

With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy – it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Cherry season started this past week, and as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers and shop-keeps alike are anxiously waiting for more workers to arrive.

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Energy Secretary at Hanford
4:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Energy Secretary Might Get Hands-On With Hanford Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks in Richland, Wash.
CH2MHill Northwest News

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu fielded questions about safety at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Friday. He assured hundreds of workers listening in a Richland park that challenges in the massive cleanup of radioactive waste are getting attention at the highest level.

Secretary Chu said he’s really serious about wanting safety at Hanford. He’s particularly focused on the site’s $12 billion waste treatment plant, now under construction. It’s meant to stabilize 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

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Superfund Cleanup
5:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Work Begins On Central Washington Superfund Site

The Moses Lake Wellfield Contamination Superfund Site is located in the City of Moses Lake in eastern Washington.
EPA Northwest News Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of a superfund site near Moses Lake in central Washington. As correspondent Anna King reports, this restoration has been in the works for decades.

The contaminated area is made up of an old Air Force airport, a county airport and some adjacent lands. Dumpsites there are loaded with chemicals like PCBs, lead and petroleum. The EPA has started testing and designing a treatment system to remove trichloroethylene from the groundwater at the superfund site.

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