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.

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Nuclear Waste
11:17 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:38 am

When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.

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Wyden Says Key Documents Weren't Disclosed
6:08 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Tanks Like 'Groundhog Day,' Problems Keep Repeating

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:33 am

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is saying cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is like something out of the movie "Groundhog Day."

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Chemical Weapon Storage Site Near Closing
7:09 am
Fri February 28, 2014

More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean.
Hal McCune URS

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:45 am

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is letting go of 60 more workers. Just 100 remain, down from more than 800 a few years ago.

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NPR Story
5:11 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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the business of biofuels
3:26 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Drones And Satellites Can Boost The Biofuel Crop

High-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites could more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:47 am

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels.

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NPR Story
10:53 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands

File photo of a of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:50 pm

Leaders of the Yakama Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands.

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numbers released by the state of Oregon
3:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Northwest Craft Distilleries Hung-over After Washington Liquor Privatization

Mikel, a distiller at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, checks quality levels during the process.
Dry Fly Distilling

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:22 pm

A Hood River distillery has the top selling brand of liquor according to sales numbers released by the state of Oregon. But other craft distillers say those hot numbers don’t reflect their experience.

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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effort to bring grain back
3:33 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Could Wheat Farming Return To West Of The Cascades?

Brook Brouwer Washington State University

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:21 pm

A lot of grain used to be grown West of the Cascades -- and might be again.

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killed nine people at Dead Man’s Pass
3:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

One Year Later Lawsuits Stack Up On Deadly Pendleton Bus Crash

Emergency personnel at the scene of the deadly bus crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in January 2013.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:27 pm

Several lawsuits are stacking up across the Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C. against the driver and tour company of a bus that crashed near Pendleton, Ore. a year ago Monday.

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