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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NW Man's Tsunami Documentary
5:33 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Washington Man Directs New Japan Disaster Documentary

A documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan is showing in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
Photo credit: Chris Noland Northwest News Network

An Everett, Washington, man is excited for the U.S. premiere Friday of his documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. The first-hand account will also get its Canadian premiere in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday night, almost precisely one year after the disaster. Correspondent Anna King has his story.

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Umatilla Depot Closing
4:25 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Umatilla Chemical Depot Employees, Nearby Communities, Celebrate Its End

A chemical operations crew from the Umatilla Chemical Depot separate rocket motor and warhead sections on nine M55 rockets.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency

RICHLAND, Wash. – There’s one less chemical weapons cache in the world today. The U.S. Army has certified to the international panel in The Hague that the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is free of all chemical agents in compliance with international treaties. An end-of-operations celebration is planned for March 15. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Bear Research
5:47 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

WSU Researchers Studying Bears’ Hibernation To Narrow Down A Cure For Diabetes

A group of Washington State University scientists performing an echocardiogram on an adult female grizzly bear named Kio during the hibernation period.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hibernating bears do things that doctors tell humans not to do. They eat fatty foods, lay around for months on end and get high cholesterol. Yet they don’t suffer the same ill effects we would.

Washington State University researchers have teamed up with a biotech company. They’ve begun a $200,000 study on how grizzly bears can gain so much fat each year and sleep through the winter. But each spring they emerge without diabetes or heart disease.

Researchers are monitoring eight bears’ heart rates, blood pressure, blood chemistry and overall health.

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Wash. Caucus
5:24 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Attorney Might Sue Over GOP Benton County, Wash. Caucus

Republican Kim Holdiman of Kennewick, and others were turned away from the Benton County caucus on Saturday.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Benton County Washington Republican is considering a lawsuit because he is so disgruntled over voters being turned away from overcrowded caucuses. This happened in Kennewick on Saturday. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Santorum Rally
6:09 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum Rallies Supporters In Pasco, Wash.

Supporters pressed close in Pasco, Wash., to hear Santorum speak Thursday night.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

PASCO, Wash. – Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum flew into Pasco in south central Washington Thursday to rally supporters before the state’s Republican caucus on Saturday. Some wore cowboy hats and boots. Others were fresh off work from the Hanford nuclear site. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Nuclear Renewal
5:17 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Energy Northwest Nuclear Plant Nears Completion Of License Renewal

The Columbia Generating Station, located 10 miles north of Richland, Wash., is owned and operated by Energy Northwest. Columbia produces enough energy to power a city the size of Seattle.
Photo credit: Energy Northwest" Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor has received its final safety evaluation report from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s an important milestone in the effort to re-license the reactor for an additional 20 years near Richland, Washington.

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Hanford Delays
6:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Wash. Officials Shocked By Energy Secretary’s Hanford Remark

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Photo credit: C-SPAN Image courtesy of C-SPAN

PASCO, Wash. – Washington state officials are reacting negatively to the possibility that there might be a delay to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s massive waste treatment plant. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu raised that prospect in comments last week.

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Hanford Clean Up
5:17 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Energy Secretary Says Hanford Cleanup May Be Delayed

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Image courtesy of C-SPAN

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant has been scheduled to begin operations in 2019. But U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that the southeast Washington facility might not start on time.

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Pollution
4:09 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Illegal Sewage Dumper In Kennewick, Wash., Fined $50,000

Portable toilets similar to what the fined company may use.
Photo Credit: ŠJů Wikimedia commons

PolRICHLAND, Wash. – State regulators have fined a port-o-john operator in southeast Washington for illegally dumping raw sewage down a manhole at least five times. Some of the $50,000 in fines will go to the city of Kennewick, which had to clean up waste that backed up into streets.

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Alcohol Laws
7:02 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Restaurants Changing The Way They Buy Liquor

State liquor stores will shut down as Washington privatizes liquor sales.
Photo Credit Anna King Northwest News Network

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington restaurateurs are preparing for a new option that begins March first: They’ll be able to buy liquor directly from distilleries and out-of-state distributors. It’s one part of the new roll out of Initiative 1183, passed by voters in November. As correspondent Anna King reports, Some restaurants are waiting to see how the new marketplace shapes up, others are aggressively hunting down deals.

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