Anna King

Richland Correspondent

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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History and Culture
4:24 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

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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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
9:12 am
Thu September 11, 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

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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Disasters and Accidents
3:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington State To Feds: We Need More Help To Recover From Wildfires

File photo of Kent Stokes surveying the damage of his burnt-down home and shop outside of Twisp, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires.

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Environment and Planning
4:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Eastern Washington Party Spot Closed After 'Dunes' Strewn With Trash, Feces

A university party spot called Illia Dunes along the Snake River in Eastern Washington was closed down after 2,000 people mobbed the spot this past weekend.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

An epic swim hole and university party spot on public land in Eastern Washington has been closed down after nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot this past weekend.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley, Some Choose To Leave

The day after the flood near Twisp, Wash., Patty Cho and her boyfriend Sal Asaro, 24, pick on the porch of their yurt and plan their next move. With no power, running water and surrounded by mud, they were looking for a new home.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Hunkered low on the front deck of a yurt are two 20-somethings. The hut is plopped in the middle of a winding mountain canyon in Washington’s Methow Valley near the town of Twisp.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:51 pm
Fri September 5, 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

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

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
5:16 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery founders were some of the very first to try growing wine grapes in the small southeast Washington appellation.
Credit JJ Williams / Kiona Vineyards

Wine harvest is underway in a small growing region in southeast Washington called Red Mountain. The dusty wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of investment from winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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Disasters and Accidents
2:52 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Inslee Declare State Of Emergency In Okanogan County After Severe Storms

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County Thursday. This, after severe rainstorms pounded the area this month.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:04 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Wildfires, Dams Fail In North Central Washington

Water from thunderstorms last week ran down barren hillsides and funneled into the canyons below.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The State of Washington and residents in Okanogan County are concerned that more small dams could be at risk of failing after three of them burst in a thunderstorm event last week near Twisp in northcentral Washington.

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History and Culture
2:48 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.
Credit Texas A&M University Press

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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