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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Distilleries
5:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Northwest Craft Distilleries Hung-over After Washington Liquor Privatization

Mikel, a distiller at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, checks quality levels during the process.
Dry Fly Distilling

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:22 pm

A Hood River distillery has the top selling brand of liquor according to sales numbers released by the state of Oregon. But other craft distillers say those hot numbers don’t reflect their experience.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:18 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

One Year Later Lawsuits Stack Up On Deadly Pendleton Bus Crash

Emergency personnel at the scene of the deadly bus crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in January 2013.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:27 pm

Several lawsuits are stacking up across the Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C. against the driver and tour company of a bus that crashed near Pendleton, Ore. a year ago Monday.

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Nuclear Plant Debate
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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Hanford
4:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Hanford Park
5:23 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Manhattan Project Park Left Out Of Defense Bill, Supporters Not Giving Up

File photo of the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:15 pm

A plan to turn part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a national park has been dropped from a compromise defense authorization bill.

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Mental Health Program
4:36 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mental Health Experts Call New Rural Program A Good Start

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.

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Hanford Whistleblower
4:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Hanford Whistleblower Emerges On Timecard Fraud Case

File photo of the CH2M Hill office in Englewood, Colo.
US Department of Transportation

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:43 pm

There is a new whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. But it doesn’t have to do with technical concerns.

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Northwest Grapes
7:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Tom Waliser manages Pepper Bridge vineyard outside of Walla Walla, Washington. He's a bit worried about how this week's cold might affect his wine grape vines.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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Megaload Delay
4:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload

File photo. The The megaload being moved by Omega Morgan takes up two highway lanes and stretches 380 feet.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:14 pm

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

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Northwest Retailer Revision
6:04 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Northwest Retailer Coldwater Creek Hopes Makeover Will Pay Off

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.
Credit Anna King

This holiday shopping season, women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek is trying to make it back into the black. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based company known for its distinctively Northwest style has had years of declining sales. The company's new strategy comes straight from the pages of the catalogs that made it famous.

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