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.


6:22 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Northwest Wine Crushing: Hot Summer Makes For Strong Juice

Maria Natividad is one of the fastest pickers here in the '94 sarah at Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain outside of Benton City, Wash.
Anna King

Wineries across the Northwest are stomping it: They’re harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore.And this year’s fruit looks: Petite and powerful. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Wildfire Help
6:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington State To Feds: We Need More Help To Recover From Wildfires

Kent Stokes, outside of Twisp, Wash., surveys the damage of his burnt-down home and shop.
Credit Anna King

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires. 

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Methow Valley
7:21 am
Tue September 9, 2014

After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley, Some Choose To Leave

Patty Cho, 25, of Los Angeles, packs the valuabls she can carry on her back oand her boyfriend Sal Asaro, 24, pick on the porch of their yurt and plan their next move. With no power, running water and surrounded by mud, they were looking for a new home.
Sal Asaro

Hunkered low on the front deck of a yurt are two 20-somethings. The hut is plopped in the middle of a winding mountain canyon in Washington’s Methow Valley near the town of Twisp.

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Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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Wildfires and Cattle
7:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It’s Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington’s Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. Stokes was only able to save some of his valuables before the Carlton Complex fires burnt down his place. Stokes estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Credit Anna King

In Washington state, an estimated 500 to 600 cattle have been lost in dramatic wildfires this summer. Kent Stokes is a fifth-generation rancher. His family lost hundreds of head in the Carlton Complex fires near Twisp in north-central Washington.

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Food, Agriculture
5:23 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain.
Credit JJ Williams / Kiona Vineyards

Wine harvest is crushing away in a small Washington growing region called Red Mountain. And this dusty, wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of greenbacks lately. This small spot has attracted winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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Twisp Flooding
5:09 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State-of-Emergency Declared In Okanogan County After Severe Rainstorms

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County earlier this summer.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County today.

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Twisp Flooding
8:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Twisp Digs Out From Flash Flooding After Carlton Complex Fires

Maggie Garrett's jeans were caked with mud after she went up Finley Canyon Thursday to save her eight horses.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Maggie Garrett’s eight Arabian and Appaloosa horses whinnied and struggled last Thursday night in their pens, mud up to their bellies. Garrett had jumped in a truck with her neighbor to save the horses she calls her babies from drowning in a flash flood.

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Radio Reading Service
7:52 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Washington State’s Radio Station For The Visually Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service’s last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
Credit David Junius

You might not have heard of a radio station that broadcasts everyday, all day across Washington State for the “print disabled.” That means people who are visually impaired or unable to hold or turn a page. The “Evergreen Radio Reading Service” has had more-than a 40-year run. But the station fades to quiet Friday, as Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Wildfires and Cattle
7:11 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Northwest Cattle Ranchers Struggling With Wildfires

Cattle receiving fresh water and feed after being stressed by fire.
Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A and M AgriLife Extension Service

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

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