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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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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deeper meaning of the season
3:50 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Massive Nativity Collection Represents More Than Just The Christmas Story

Neil Allen, the interim pastor at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, holds one of his most prized crèche, a wood carving from Ecuador.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:06 pm

At a small Presbyterian church in Richland, Washington, one pastor has been trying to spread a little solace with an unusual exhibit.

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Not clear how much damage cold will cause
2:42 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Snow partially covers the groud at Pepper Bridge vineyard nearr Walla Walla, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 2:50 pm

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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ranchers taking extra care with their livestock
4:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Weather Challenges Ranchers, Dairies

Len McIrvin checks on his Herford cattle in the cold weather in southcentral Washington outside of Patterson.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:36 am

The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.

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Not clear when the vehicle will move again
3:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload

File photo. The The megaload being moved by Omega Morgan takes up two highway lanes and stretches 380 feet.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:14 pm

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

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massive load of oil equipment headed to Canada
3:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:25 pm

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. 

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flammable hydrogen gas from its radioactive belly
9:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps'

Phil Gauglitz is a chemical engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He shows off one of his experiments aimed at solving the problem of possible deep sludge gas at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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growers will haul in about 15 percent more fruit
3:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Small Northwest Winemakers May Have More Juice To Work With This Year

Northwest winemakers expect an abundance of high-quality juice this year.
Trey Busch Sleight of Hand Cellars

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:23 am

Early crop reports from farmers say Washington and Oregon’s wine grape harvest appears to be up a tick for 2013.

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rehabilitation center that helps steelhead recover
4:47 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish

Joe Blodgett (right), with the Yakama Nation's steelhead rehabilitation center, lifts a fish out a tub where they're fed highly nutritious pellets.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:27 pm

The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.

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GMO Labeling On Ballot
4:48 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Washington's Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington. He says labeling GMO foods would possibly curtail an option that would keep his farm competitive globally in the future.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:27 am

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And if you ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer.

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Environment
10:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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NPR Story
7:25 am
Mon September 16, 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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