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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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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Wash. Crime Sweep
4:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Eastern Wash. Crime Sweep Rounds Up More Than 200 Felons

Deputy U.S. Marshal Beatrice Bravo says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.
U.S. Marshals

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve swept up more than 200 violent felons in Eastern Washington. So-called 'Operation Scattergun II' focused on wanted offenders in the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima regions last week. Beatrice Bravo is a Deputy U.S. Marshal based in Spokane. She says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Hanford Advisory Board Struggles To Bring Forward Safety Culture Advice

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to visit the Hanford Nuclear Reservation next week to discuss the site’s safety culture. Chu’s fly-in comes just as the Hanford Advisory Board struggles this week to settle on its official advice on the safety culture at the southeast Washington complex. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Washington Cherry Season
6:09 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Dreary June Forecast Has Northwest Cherry Farmers A Bit Worried

Cool weather and rain could delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

The Northwest cherry harvest is set to begin next week, but farmers are a bit glum. That’s because the National Weather Service says this month’s temperatures will be near or below average across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Cool weather and rain and can delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. That means that markets have less time to sell the perishable fruit. Plus, farmers may have a harder time recruiting enough labor in a shortened season.

And there’s another problem according to the Washington Fruit Commission's B.J. Thurlby. He says rain can spoil the fruit on the branch.

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Hanford Whistleblower Case
5:33 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Judge Drops Dept. Of Energy From Hanford Whistleblower Case

Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in December 2011.
Image via U.S. Senate U.S. Senate

A high level whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving ahead with a lawsuit against a federal contractor. But Walt Tamosaitis would have to appeal in order to take the federal government to court. At issue is the safety culture at Hanford.

Walt Tamosaitis sued the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor URS after he was removed from his job. He claims it was retaliation for raising safety concerns about the $12 billion waste treatment plant going up in southeast Washington.

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Historic Ranch
6:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Historic Southeast Washington Ranch Goes Up For Sale

A sprawling, historic ranch in southeast Washington goes up for sale Friday. Conservationists and the state of Washington are hoping to keep the 14,000 acre property out of the hands of developers.

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69 year old Washington Swimmer
5:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

At 69, Northwest Swimmer Says You’re Never Too Old For Gold

Suzie Aldrich holds several records in Senior Games throughout the Northwest.
Chris Joseph Taylor Northwest News Network

Sometimes life hands you disappointment and humiliation. That happened to Suzie Aldrich in a swim meet in college. The Walla Walla native didn’t swim again for nearly 50 years. But in retirement the pool called her back for a re-do. And the results were astonishing.

“They say to invest in gold and I try to do my best," says Suzie Aldrich with a laugh.

"These are all gold medals. I’m Suzie Aldrich and I’m 69 years old. I’m from Walla Walla, Washington and I’m the Eastern Washington, Washington State, Alaska international record holder in backstroke. I’ll see ya at the other end."

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Wash Gov. Speaks At Nuke Plant
4:59 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Gov. Chris Gregoire Visits Southcentral Washington’s Nuke Plant To Celebrate Its Relicensing

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire speaks at the ceremony to mark the relicensing of the Columbia Generating Station.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is celebrating the new license that allows the Columbia Generating Station to run for another 20 years. She spoke at a ceremony to hundreds of the plant’s employees Thursday. The southcentral Washington reactor is run by Energy Northwest. It’s the only commercial nuclear power plant in the Northwest. Gregoire says the Columbia Generating Station has little to do with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s legacy of waste.

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NW Nuke Plant Relicensing
4:19 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Celebrates Relicensing

Hundreds of Energy Northwest employees stepped outside for a celebration of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant’s re-licensing.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Hundreds of employees of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant celebrated Thursday. The Columbia Generating Station now is licensed to run for another 20 years. Correspondent Anna King was there.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the new 20 year license. That means the plant in southeast Washington will send up plumes of steam, visible for long distances across the desert until 2043. It took employees 5 years to finish the application process. Carl Adrian heads the Tri-City Development Council. He says the plant is an important employer here, but it’s more than that.

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Hanford Reservation Safety
7:07 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Bechtel Releases Its Plan To Improve Safety Culture At Hanford

A major government contractor on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has a new plan to improve its safety culture. Bechtel has come under sharp criticism by federal nuclear watchdogs. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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