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 Whistleblower
6:41 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Hanford Whistleblower May Not Get Jury Trial

Walt Tamosaitis and his wife outside the federal courthouse in Yakima, Wash. Thursday.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

A Hanford whistleblower lawsuit is underway in federal court in Yakima. A former high-level manager on a nuclear treatment project is asking for a jury trial, but the judge hearing the case said Thursday that’s unlikely. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Hanford Contractor Bonus
6:43 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Hanford Managers And Contractors Disagree Over $15 Million Fee

The Department of Energy says it’s considering whether to require a Hanford contractor to pay back a $15 million bonus. A new federal report says the bonus was for mixing tanks that managers have since been unable to prove are up to nuclear standards. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Worker Shortage
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Washington’s Asparagus Farmers Face Labor Shortage

Jim Middleton is a asparagus farmer north of Pasco. He’s had to disk under 15 acres of asparagus in the hopes he can get someone to help harvest next week.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington asparagus farmers are plowing out giant fields during what should be the prime of their harvest season. That’s because there is a shortage of migrant farmworkers this year.

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Bird Conservation
5:55 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Birders and Burgers: An Unlikely High Desert Partnership

Willy Land and Larry Anderson, right, ready their horses in the early-morning to gather cattle from rangeland for a branding. The ranchland they’re working is within a few miles of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

In the remote valleys of southeast Oregon both birds and cattle flourish. This is where mountain streams feed an oasis of lakes and marshes in the high desert. Cattle ranchers and wildlife advocates have been fighting over that valuable grassland for decades. Now, they’ve struck a delicate truce that keeps both birds and burgers in mind. Correspondent Anna King has our story from way outside of Burns, Oregon.

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NW Nuclear Power
4:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Launches Publicity Campaign

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington.
Photo courtesy of NRC.gov

The utility Energy Northwest is launching a new TV ad campaign to improve the image of nuclear power. But as correspondent Anna King reports, the ads touting nuclear energy as green might be a tough sell.

Energy Northwest operates the only commercial nuclear power plant in the region. It’s called the Columbia Generating Station in Richland.

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Hanford Cleanup
3:57 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Delayed Hanford Waste Decision Nettles Washington Regulators

Workers at Hanford remove low-activity waste from a tank.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

A draft environmental plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation puts off a decision on how to treat a big portion of nuclear tank waste at the southeast Washington site. We’re talking about what to do with radioactive gunk called low-activity waste. The delay of that decision is nettling Washington’s Ecology department. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Hanford Occupy Protests
6:10 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Occupy Portland People Bus To Richland For Anti-Nuke Rally

RICHLAND, Wash. – Occupy Portland activists took to the road this weekend. About 100 protesters showed up in sunny downtown Richland Sunday afternoon. They were there to rally against nuclear power and in favor of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Correspondent Anna King was there.

On a large stage Native Americans and Occupy coordinators like Mirium German voiced their concerns.

“Hanford is an environmental tragedy waiting to happen,” German said.

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Spring Crops Springing
3:48 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Northwest Asparagus To Pop Up Within Days, Other Crops Springing Too

The Eastern Washington asparagus crop appears to be right on schedule.
Photo credit: lengmomo/ Flickr Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest spring is getting off to a wet start. But Eastern Washington farmers report it appears to be right on schedule.

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Tri-Cities Growth
3:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

U.S. Census Numbers Show Tri-Cities, Wash. Is At the Top For Growth

Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco which comprise the Tri-Cities, are the fastest growing metro area.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Umptanum Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – Newly released U.S. Census numbers show the Tri-Cities, Washington, is the fastest growing metro area in the United States. The population increased 4.3% between 2010 and 2011. Jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, stable agricultural prices and the sun appear to be drawing more families to the Tri-Cities.

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Horse Vaulting
5:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Some Northwest Kids Stand On The Backs Of Galloping Horses For Sport

Jazmyn Wentland, 10, and the other vaulters on her team warm up with stretches and practice on a barrel before they do their routines on horses in Moses Lake, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Some kids play soccer, others play chess and some stand on the backs of galloping horses. Lately, equestrian vaulting is finding a foothold with children in the Northwest. Parents say like any sport it teaches concentration and gives kids a boost of confidence. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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