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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Northwest Apples
4:23 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Tired Of Your Old Apple? A New Variety Is On The Horizon

Washington State University. The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest is already beginning on some farms.

But growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.

Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only last year's crop was larger.

Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits.

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Hanford Pop Song
4:38 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seattle Band To Release Pop Song Inspired By Hanford Tank Waste

Tangerine. The Seattle band Tangerine will release “Hanford Riviera” on Swoon Records aon August 31. From left to right, Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:00 pm

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows and even a book of poetry. Now, a Northwest band call Tangerine is about to release a new song that tackles the leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the federal site.

“I guess it’s a slightly unusual topic for a pop song," admits Marika Justad. "Especially one that has a romantic angle. Justad sings and plays guitar and piano for Tangerine, an alternative pop band from Seattle.

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Hanford
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Investigators Looking Into Abnormal Radiological Reading At Hanford

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:48 am

Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are investigating increased radiological readings at a tank farm there. It happened Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m. Part of the massive site was shut down. 

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New Ground Water Sensor
5:35 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Richland Company Working On Ground Water Sensor

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 5:16 pm

A carcinogen called hexavalent chromium has been an environmental problem in many places, from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to groundwater in California.

Remember Erin Brockovich?

Hexavalent chromium is expensive to monitor underground. Now, a Richland company is testing a new real-time sensor that could help clean-up contaminated sites around the world.

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Northwest Wine
4:54 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready For 'Intense' Vintage

Anna King, Northwest News Network. Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks -- if it stays warm.

This year Eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

The prediction is for more wine, deeper colors and higher alcohol levels.

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Hydro Power
6:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Taking Back Power: Tribes Vie For Control Of Hydro Dams

The Kerr Dam with Flathead Lake behind
Credit FinalDoom

The Columbia River hydropower system is full of dams that were built over the strenuous objections of Northwest tribes. Now, two of these old projects are changing ownership -- one in Western Montana and another in central Oregon. And it’s the tribes that were once powerless to stop them, that are becoming the new managers.

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The Salt
11:52 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

Picker Erika Nicolas Garcia, 18, fills her pail at a blueberry farm near Hillsboro, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:52 am

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.

In Richland, Wash., Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. Her three young children struggle to stop wiggling. Blankenship loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.

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Climate Change
5:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:10 pm

You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.

The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.

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Hanford Waste
4:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward

Department of Energy. File photo of Yucca Mountain

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:56 pm

Washington’s state Attorney General is praising an appeals court decision on a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get the licensing process back on track for Yucca Mountain.

The state of Washington wants Yucca Mountain to be the permanent waste repository for radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But President Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevada’s political leaders.

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Northwest Fires
4:16 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Landslides, Road Closures Further Complicate Fire Fighting Near Wenatchee

InciWeb. Lightning at the Mile Post 10 Fire

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 3:08 pm

Torrents of mud and debris have closed three roads near Wenatchee in central Washington. The landslides were caused by thunderstorms on Sunday, along with wildfire damage. The mudflows have hampered firefighting efforts on the Mile Post 10 fire, which has grown to 6,000 acres since Friday.

Some residents and fire trucks were stranded. Rick Isaacson is an information officer for Chelan Fire District 1. He says it’s been a pretty tough couple of weeks. “If I lived up there I’d be on vacation in Hawaii for about three weeks. And just leave it at that. If I could.”

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