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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Washington Floods Book
5:31 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Northwest Author Focuses New Book On The Northern Reaches Of Missoula Floods

A new book “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches” is out, it details how geologic features in the Northwest were formed, like the Dry Falls in Washington, shown here.
Photo credit: Bruce Bjornstad

A new book details how a dramatic series of Ice Age Floods transformed the landscape of the inland Northwest.

The new book called, “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches,” details what happened when floods whooshed into the Northwest and created the channeled scablands. Bruce Bjornstad spent five years researching and writing his geologic guidebook. One fact in the book: It might have been as many as a thousand floods that shaped the region, not just two or three big events. Bjornstad says he mostly loves unearthing the clues of the Ice Age Floods, but also:

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Rural Town Development
6:39 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Far-Flung Residents Of Remote Oregon Build A Gathering Place

Coming down into Arock, Ore. from the highway.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Nearly every Northwest city and town has a center of gravity -- a place with a heartbeat. You know: Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square or Seattle’s Pike Place Market. But in the remote town of Arock, in southeast Oregon, that kind of spot has been missing for a long, long time. That’s about to change. Anna King has this story about a far-flung community that’s building a new place to gather.

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Nuke Power Re-licensed
4:02 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Columbia Generating Station Re-licensed To Run For Another 20 Years

The Columbia Generating Station lies 12 miles NW of Richland, WAshington. It began producing power in 1984.
Photo courtesy of Energy Northwest

The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant appears to have won permission to operate for another 20 years. That’s the word Friday from Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington.

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Northwest News
4:38 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Hanford Contractors Work Toward Moving Dangerous K-Basin Sludge

A worker observes a specially engineered container that was designed to receive sludge underwater in the K Basin.
Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy Northwest News Network

A new $11 million contract moves plans ahead to clean up radioactive sludge at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It’s in an area called the K-West Basin just 400-yards from the Columbia River.

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Dept. Of Energy Visits Hanford
4:35 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Federal Oversight Team Visits Hanford This Week

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

An independent oversight team from the Department of Energy is visiting the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this week. Richland Correspondent Anna King explains why.

The agency is called the Department of Energy’s Office of Health, Safety and Security or H.S.S. It’s responsible for enforcing the Energy department’s self regulation of nuclear safety, worker health and safety and information security.

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Apple Harvest
6:04 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Northwest Apple Crop Looks Good So Far, If Farmers Can Get It Picked

Northwest apple growers expect a bumper crop this year in combination with higher prices. But as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers are worried they won’t have enough workers to pick the apples at peak ripeness.

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Hanford Waste Treatment
6:10 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Ecology Hosts Meetings Around Northwest On Its New Hanford Plan

Washington state Ecology is rolling out a new draft permit for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. The document is 16,476 pages long. Public meetings are scheduled across the Northwest including one in Seattle Tuesday night and another in Portland Wednesday. This new permit will determine how Hanford waste is treated, stored and disposed of for the next 10 years. Dieter Bohrmann is an Ecology spokesman. He says this document reflects that Hanford is unique both in its size and scope.

Dieter Bohrmann: “I think if there were any way we could have simplified it, and cut 10,000 pages out of it – yeah. You know, but even with that, it was still going to be a large document regardless.”

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Northwest Hay At Premium
4:32 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hay Farmers Looking To Bale Some Profits This Season

Drex Gaunt is an alfalfa grower near Burbank, Washington, and board member of the Washington Hay Growers Association. This year, demand for Northwest hay should be high because of decreased holdovers from last year.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Hay farmers in Eastern Washington are beginning to cut their fields. It’s the first harvest of the Northwest hay season. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show there’s less hay left over from last year. As Anna King reports, that’s good news for alfalfa and timothy growers.

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Nuclear Monitoring Grant
5:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Northwest Universities Garner Nuclear Energy Grants

Washington State University’s nuclear reactor in Pullman while operating.
Photo credit: Donald Wall Northwest News Network

The nuclear industry faces a generation gap. A lot of the people who run nuclear power plants are nearing retirement. Now the Obama Administration has awarded $6.3 million to Northwest universities to help train the next generation of nuclear leaders.

Donald Wall directs Washington State University’s Nuclear Radiation Center in Pullman. The reactor is surrounded by the university’s golf course.

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Fiddlers Young & Old
4:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Fiddling Draws Far-Flung Southeast Oregon Residents Closer

Maria Thompson, 14, of Diamond, Ore., has been playing fiddle for about 10 years, she recently joined the Old Time Fiddlers group out of Burns.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Just about every Friday night in the remote southeast corner of Oregon, fiddlers and guitar players travel far distances to play music together. They’ve been doing it for decades. Recently, two of the players have become fast friends, even though one is 85 and the other is 14. Correspondent Anna King has this high desert audio postcard from Burns, Oregon.

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