Anna King

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.


A slowdown at Western ports
1:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Port Slowdowns Keep Northwest Farm Exports Stuck On The Ranch

Broetje Orchards, of Prescott, Washington, has 24,000 boxes of apples coming off its two massive packing lines each day. But it's running out of cold storage to put them because of the slow down of exports out of Western sea ports.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:33 am

A slowdown at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest.

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Managing Christmas Tree Supply
8:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Why Your Christmas Tree Might Cost More This Year

The average Christmas tree might be a bit more expensive this year.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:19 pm

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day.

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Too Many Cranberries
8:42 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Northwest Cranberry Farmers Struggle From North American Fruit Oversupply

File photo of a cranberry harvest.
WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:20 pm

Northwest cranberry farmers are struggling from a North American oversupply of the fruit.

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protect workers from hazardous vapors
2:23 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:53 pm

For the third time this week there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford. This time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

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Christmas Trees Take Flight
3:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Most Northwest Christmas Trees Take A Short Flight Before Landing In Your Living Room

Christmas tree farmers rely on helicopter to move trees from their fields.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:35 pm

If you buy a Christmas tree, part of its journey to your living room may involve a helicopter.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors

Three groups say intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor over vapors from storage tanks at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:04 pm

Thursday three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

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NPR Story
3:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington State Steps Up To Sue Over Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Washington state intends to sue the federal government if Hanford workers are not better protected at the tank farms on the site.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:47 pm

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have been complaining of vapors from radioactive sludge for decades.

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prepare for Ebola
5:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Small Towns Across The Northwest Scramble To Get Ready For Ebola

Small towns across the Northwest are buying protective equipment and preparing their staff. From left, Donna Tuning, Trish Reinmuth and Tina Glockner of say they "are in" for caring for patients with Ebola that show up at their hospital.

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:30 pm

Small-town hospitals and clinics across the Northwest are scrambling to prepare for Ebola.

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Cold air and snow are expected
3:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Apple Farmers Scramble To Save Last Of Their Fruit

Workers at Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington pulled some midnight shifts lately to try and save the last of the apples from the recent arctic air.

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:49 pm

An arctic air mass has swept into the Northwest. Cold air and snow are expected from central Washington through central Oregon and even into Idaho’s central Panhandle.

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7:21 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Northwest States Shaping Up Ebola Policies As More Travelers Arrive Home

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:00 pm

Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola. In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was just hospitalized Friday with a fever. 

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getting ready for Ebola
3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Ebola Calls Northwest Volunteers To Action, Medical Centers To Prepare

Marc Bouma, an E.R. nurse at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, is taking a leave of absence to fight Ebola in Liberia. In this photo he was volunteering in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:18 pm

Across the Northwest medical professionals are getting ready for Ebola.

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NPR Story
4:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rural Washington Farmers On I-594: Make Your Gun Laws, But We Won't Abide

Ben and Frank Wolf are brothers who farm together in the Palouse, in southeast Washington. They say I-594 would make life hard in farm country, where guns are part of everyday life.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:00 pm

In rural parts of the Northwest, many believe owning a gun is sort of like owning a garden trowel. You just have one or two around.

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10:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

EPA Fines Hanford For Stagnating Radioactive Waste Near Columbia River

The K-East and K-West reactors were shut down in 1970 and 1971.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:45 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to fine the U.S. Department of Energy up to $10,000 per week if radioactive waste just a stone's throw from the Columbia River isn’t cleaned up.

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Genetically modified wheat
2:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

USDA Has Little Idea How GMO Wheat Came To Sprout In Oregon

File photo

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:12 am

Genetically modified wheat has been found at a university research center in Montana. That news Friday came as a federal investigation into a similar case in Oregon concludes with few answers.

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NPR Story
5:27 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Federal Government To Award Grants To Remember WWII Japanese Internment Sites

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho.
Stacey Camp

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 8:18 am

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese-Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

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This year’s fruit looks petite and powerful
3:09 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northwest Wine Crush: Hot Summer Makes For Strong Juice

Wine grapes ready for harvest at the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain in southeast Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:12 am

As the Northwest is bathed in autumn’s golden light, wineries across the region are harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore. This year’s fruit looks petite and powerful.

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"They Never Talked Of A Fire Like This."
4:26 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

It's Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, Washington, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. He estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:45 pm

Kent Stokes, 28, can’t believe who survived the Carlton Complex wildfire.

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hit bookstands in mid-September
4:08 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Scientists Discuss Long-Awaited Scientific Volume On 'Kennewick Man' Skeleton

A new book about Kennewick Man is due to hit bookstands in mid-September.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:48 pm

A skeleton that's about 9,000 years old is giving up a few of his secrets today. Monday, scientists who have a new book about the ancient remains found near Kennewick 18 years ago spoke to the press.

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"First Cut" series
5:04 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:42 am

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

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"First Cut" series
2:49 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Odd Couple: Where Does A Straitlaced Farmer Get Pot Growing Expertise?

Research farmer Alan Schreiber and research assistant Tom Balotte, of Ag Development Group, talk about an ongoing research project in the fields of the 105-acre farm north of Pasco, July 2, 2014.

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:25 pm

In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana. 

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