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 trail running, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She's most at peace on top a Northwest mountain with her husband Andy Plymale and their muddy Aussie-dog Poa.

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Northwest sweet cherry experts are reporting that some orchards are having a hard time getting their fruit picked this year.

Northwest cherry season is upon us. And officials have just struck a deal to get more of those cherries to prime Asian markets like South Korea and China.

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An orchard in southeastern Washington state says the U.S. immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. That's the response today from Broetje  Orchards in Prescott. 

Recent flash flooding in the Methow Valley area in northeast Washington state has critics asking the state to stop logging there.

Kai-Huei Yau

 

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is one of the most contaminated places on earth. It’s also one of the most sacred landscapes for Northwest tribes.

One woman is working to heal it.

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For decades Patty Murray’s image has been the working mom of the U.S. Senate. Agree with it or not, she’s brought home the bacon: Murray’s funneled billions of federal dollars into Washington and especially to the Hanford nuclear site.

The U.S. Department of Justice is having Pasco, Washington, police officers and residents meet for coffee and a conversation Wednesday following the police shooting of a farmworker there earlier in February.

Two branches of the federal government struck a deal Tuesday on when to clean up radioactive sludge near the Columbia River.

Last summer officials at the only Northwest nuclear power plant changed their public evacuation plans and the federal government says in a report it wasn’t informed.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.

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Federal courts may force the U.S. Department of Energy to adhere to new timelines to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

The Roza Irrigation District in Eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley is shutting off the water for two weeks because of drought. About a billion dollars in crops are on the line.

A drive across the Northwest quickly reveals things look really dry everywhere.

From Wenatchee, Washington, to Bend, Oregon, whitewater rafting guides are preparing for a flood of business as school lets out. But this year’s low snowpack could mean less whitewater and more demand for trips.

In Pasco, Washington a group of protesters has regularly closed down main streets and staged “die-ins” since February’s police shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

A group of Tri-Cities, Washington, residents hiked 14 miles across Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Tuesday to protest the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by police officers.

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In Pasco, it’s been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Officials say the full police report will be complete in several weeks, and will be made public a month later. It’s sure to make big national news, again. Another major Pasco shooting protest event is happening today. It includes a 14-mile walk from Richland to Kennewick and ending up in Pasco. Battle plans for how that report’s findings will be interpreted are growing more sophisticated.

It’s been two months since police in Pasco, Washington, shot and killed an orchard worker in a case that received national attention.

Friday marks two months since Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by police in Pasco, Washington after he was reportedly throwing rocks in a crowded intersection.

Across the Northwest, farmers are already making tough calls because of this year’s drought. The dismal snowpack is to blame.

Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It’s in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.

Kai-Huei Yau

In World War Two, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was brand new. Sue Olson was there as a young secretary. She took shorthand, pumped out calculations and locked up top-secret papers. She's become known as one of the "Daughters of Hanford."

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch “Million Women Mentors.”

A Richland, Washington, florist will pay $1,000 in fines to the state. The flower shop had discriminated against a same-sex couple that wanted flowers for their wedding in 2013.

The region's recent stretch of warm weather means Northwest sweet cherries will likely be going early to market this year.

Several high mountain passes in the Northwest are set to have historically-early openings this year due to low snowpack.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared drought today in three regions of the Evergreen state: the Olympic Peninsula, the east side of the Cascade Mountains including Yakima and Wenatchee, and the Walla Walla region. 

Several artists in southcentral Washington state are responding to last month’s Pasco shooting.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most contaminated sites on earth. And Susan Leckband is using her natural curiosity to help clean it up.

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

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