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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Steelhead Spa
4:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish

Joe Blodgett (right), with the Yakama Nation's steelhead rehabilitation center, lifts a fish out a tub where they're fed highly nutritious pellets.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:27 pm

The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.

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Hanford Asbestos Violation
5:13 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford Contractor For Asbestos Violations

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 4:57 pm

The U.S. Department of Energy faces a $115,000 fine for the way a contractor handled asbestos at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Wash. Initiative 522
7:06 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Washington’s Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Husband and wife, Pierre-Louis and Joan Monteillet, goat and sheep farmers, set a late lunch for friends. They’re all for labeling foods as described in the Washington State voter’s Initiative 522.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer. If passed this November, it would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The initiative would not ban GMOs, as they’re known. But it could have a big impact on Washington agriculture. Correspondent Anna King visited two family farms to get two very different perspectives.

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Hanford Clean Up
4:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:56 am

Washington officials say they’re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 

At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. But the task has proven extremely difficult: A waste treatment plant has been plagued by whistleblowers, critical federal investigations, cost overruns and delays.

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Northwest Craft Beer
4:51 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Northwest Craft Breweries Keep Pouring Into The Market, But Is There A Bubble?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:48 pm

Northwest farmers are wrapping up this year’s hop harvest at a time when the craft beer industry is seeing huge growth.

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WSU Wine Science Center
4:31 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WSU Breaks Ground On Wine Science Center In Tri-Cities

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:24 pm

Dignitaries and leaders of the Northwest wine industry braved a drizzle for a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at Washington State University’s new Wine Science Center in the Tri-Cities.

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Hanford Waste Plan
4:14 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Inslee: Hanford Plan Doesn't Include Immediate Solution For Leaky Waste Tanks

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:41 pm

Washington's Governor calls a new proposal to phase-in portions of cleanup at Hanford an intriguing idea, but says it doesn’t solve immediate problems of leaking waste tanks.

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Hanford Waste Plan
6:14 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Feds Propose Plan For Hanford’s Tank Waste Challenges

There’s a new plan for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government is looking for ways to process certain types of radioactive waste more quickly, while managers there figure out how to solve major technical challenges at its massive Waste Treatment Plant. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the new “framework” Tuesday after a year of study.

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JFK Hanford Anniversary
5:43 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

50 Years Ago: JFK Visits Hanford Trying To De-Escalate Cold War

U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 5:38 pm

Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He was there to see the massive new N Reactor.

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Columbia River Fish
3:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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