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.


GMO Alfalfa Concerns
6:23 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Washington Farmer Says Careful Practices Keep GMO And Conventional Alfalfa Apart

Washington State agriculture officials announced today that genetically modified alfalfa was found in a field where it shouldn’t have been.
Credit daryl_mitchell

Washington State agriculture officials announced today that genetically modified alfalfa was found in a field where it shouldn’t have been. Growing the crop is legal in the United States, but it’s not clear if the mix-up will upset sensitive export markets.

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GMO Alfalfa Concerns
5:53 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:48 pm

Tests of alfalfa seed from a field in eastern Washington have come back positive for genetically engineered genes called Round-Up-Ready.

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WSU Jet Fuel Research
4:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

WSU Tri-Cities To Head New Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:46 pm

Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes.

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GMO Alfalfa Concerns
4:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Washington State Testing For GMO Alfalfa

Gary D. Robson Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 4:20 pm

Washington agriculture researchers are investigating whether genetically engineered alfalfa was growing where it wasn’t supposed to in the eastern part of the state.

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
3:59 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Demolition Of Oregon Chemical Weapons Site On Schedule

US Army

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 2:59 pm

Just as international talks ramp up about chemical weapons in Syria, the last remaining signs of similar deadly munitions in the Northwest are going away.

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Washington Poet Laureate Awarded
4:26 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Washington's Poet Laureate Wins Award For Book About Hanford

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:03 pm

Washington state’s poet laureate is one of the latest winners of the state’s Book Award.

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Isamu Jordan Obituary
5:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Spokane Poet, Rapper Isamu Jordan Mourned By Friends, Fans

Rajah Bose

Spokane music fans are mourning the death of a hip-hop artist who found an audience across the Northwest. Isamu Jordan was found dead at his home Thursday evening. 

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5:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hanford Tank Farms Get All-Clear After High Radiation Reading

Ann King. File photo of a storage tank at Hanford.

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 9:37 am

The tank farms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have the all-clear for work to resume after a high-radiation incident briefly shut down much of the site last month.

In late August, Hanford workers responded to an emergency of a high-radiation reading near a tank known as C-101.

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Northwest Health
5:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Delivering Apples To Offices A Healthy Business For Recent College Grads

Anna King. Apple-A-Day's recent college grad owners Danielle LaRiviere [left] and Lexi Schmidt.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:45 pm

We’ve all been there. You’re hungry, and you want something good to eat, but there’s no time. So you hit the vending machine for sugar or salt.

A recent Washington State University grad wants to change that. She’s started a Northwest business around a simple, better choice: an urban apple delivery service.

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4:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Washington State Claims Part Of Hanford Treatment Plant Behind Schedule

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:47 pm

Washington state officials say that a court-ordered construction deadline has been missed on part of the Hanford’s radioactive waste treatment plant.

The federal government disagrees.

The Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford has had its share of construction and technical trouble. The federal plant should be completed by 2019, and will treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge. Currently, that gunk is stewing away in aging underground tanks near the Columbia River. Some of those tanks are believed to be leaking.

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