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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Historical Preservation
8:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Senator Murray Still Pressing For Historic Preservation Of Hanford Sites

Exterior view of the B Reactor in Hanford, Washington.
Credit notpsion

Senator Patty Murray is pressing legislation in the U.S. Senate that would make some historic sites at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington part of the national parks system. The Democrat toured the historic site of Hanford High School Thursday. The building was part of the town that was forcibly vacated to make way for the secretive Manhattan Project during World War II. Now, the remains of the building sit amid the brush near the Columbia River. Murray says she wants these sites preserved and available for public visits along with the more famous “B” Reactor.

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Blueberries
4:55 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Low Blueberry Prices Great For Fruit Lovers, Hard For Farmers

A pail full of lapis-blue, at a berry farm near Hillsboro, Ore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That’s because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer.

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Washington Wildfire
4:19 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Fire Near Goldendale, Wash. Blackens Thousands Of Acres

A column of smoke rises from the Mile Marker 28 Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

A wildfire near Goldendale, Wash., is blackening grasslands, shrubs and forests along Highway 97. It’s called the Mile Marker 28 Fire.

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Bladderpod Listing
5:53 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Farmers Question Science Behind Endangered Listing For Bladderpod

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:52 pm

A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant. It’s called the White Bluffs bladderpod. And it grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.

A farmer group is using genetic tests to claim that the plant is not as rare as it seems.

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Nuclear Power Inspection
4:04 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Feds Begin Special Inspection At Washington Nuclear Plant

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:52 pm

The federal agency that watches over the nuclear power industry is taking a close look at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington this week. That’s because the plant had a problem with the cooling system for a room of important electrical equipment. It wasn’t properly maintained.

Energy Northwest self-reported the issue to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NRC spokesman Victor Dricks says the public was never in any danger, because there were backup systems in place.

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Department of Energy
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Moniz Reshuffles Department Of Energy Management

The Obama Administration nominated Beth Robinson for the new undersecretary position.
Credit NASA

The head of the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to reshuffle the management of the agency. Those changes at the top may shift how cleanup gets done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Wheat Harvest
5:38 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Northwest Wheat Farmers Look Forward To Restored Market

A wheat combine offloads or “banks out” into a waiting truck near Patterson, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The first bushels of Northwest wheat are coming off honey-colored fields in southeast Washington.

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Hanford
4:49 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Massive Hanford Waste Dump Reaches 15 Million Ton Mark

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:52 pm

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say crews have cleaned up 15 million tons of radioactive soil and debris from near the Columbia River. It’s gone to a massive dump at the center of the site.

In central Hanford, a ceremonial load of soil marked 15 million tons of waste disposed of at the 52-football-field-sized dump called ERDF. Dozens of truck horns blared in response.

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Northwest News
6:41 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Hoof-To-Ground: Bringing Wild Bison Back To The West

Credit Photo courtesy of Sandy White Shield, Inter Tribal Buffalo Council.

Northwest Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation stretches across 1.5 million acres. But -- it turns out – that isn’t enough room for the free-roaming bison herd that tribes are attempting to establish. Northwest Native Americans are hoping restored buffalo herds may reopen ancient trade and cultural traditions.

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Hanford
5:38 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford For Improperly Handling Radioactive Waste

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:52 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.

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