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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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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Hanford Radiation Leak
6:27 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Small Radiation Leak Contained At Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers say they have contained a few drips of radioactive condensation found near a waste container. Federal Department of Energy officials say the contamination did not get off site, and is not a danger to workers at the southeast Washington facility.

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Hanford Safety
5:04 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Hanford Contractor Bechtel Hires On New Safety Culture Manager

Ward Sproat.
Photo courtesy of Bechtel Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The main government contractor building the waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, has hired a new safety culture manager. This move comes after multiple federal reports have criticized the southeast Washington project – some saying that employees feel reluctant to raise concerns with the plant. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Hanford Reservation Whistleblowers
6:40 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Top Hanford Scientist Calls Treatment Plant Pipes Not Strong Enough

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation was once used to enrich plutonium for nuclear weapons.
Photo Source: Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Over the last two years we’ve brought you numerous stories about high-level whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's nuclear waste treatment plant. It’s one of the largest environmental cleanup projects on Earth. Now, yet another top expert there is risking his career to speak openly. He tells our correspondent Anna King the plant’s vessels and pipes -- as they’re designed now -- will leak radioactive waste within their planned lifespan.

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Gas Pipeline
6:30 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Natural Gas Pipeline For Hanford Plant May Go Under Columbia River

Warning sign at entry to Hanford Site, Washington
Wikimedia user: TobinFricke Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is starting work on a plan to build a 30-mile natural gas pipeline to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. The announcement Monday includes few details but the pipeline would likely go under the Columbia River.

Hanford’s waste treatment plant is going to need a lot of power. After all, its purpose is to mix radioactive sludge with glass material to form molten liquid. That brew, once cooled, would form huge glass logs for long-term storage.

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