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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Environment and Planning
5:16 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Seattle Author's Downwinder Book Tackles Nuclear Contamination

Sarah Alisabeth Fox's new book tackles the issue of nuclear contamination in the western United States.
Credit University of Nebraska Press

You might have heard of “Hanford Downwinders.” Now, a new book penned by a Northwest author tackles the stories of nuclear “downwinders” in the broader West.

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Environment and Planning
5:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hanford Whistleblower Investigation Folds With Few Available Documents

Donna Busche was fired last winter from the Waste Treatment Plant project at Hanford..
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

A seven-month federal investigation into the firing of a top safety manager at Hanford came up inconclusive Monday.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
2:54 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul For Fish

The Methow River in Okanogan County, Washington.
Credit Benjamin Cody / Own Work

Construction begins this week on a state project in the Methow Valley that will give fish a boost of cold, clean water in rivers near Twisp, Washington.

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Environment and Planning
5:45 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.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

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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Government and Politics
9:50 am
Wed October 15, 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.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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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Disasters and Accidents
3:51 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Washington Fire And Flood Survivors Prepare For Winter

File photo of fire damage near Twisp, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Methow Valley families know they have a long, difficult winter ahead. And they’re trying to get ready.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
8:14 am
Mon September 29, 2014

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

File photo
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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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History and Culture
5:29 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

70 Years Ago: First Full-Scale Nuclear Reactor At Hanford Starts Up

When the B Reactor at Hanford began operating in September 1944, about 64,000 rods of metallic uranium, known as fuel elements, were placed inside the reactor core.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Seventy years ago Friday, an 11-month frenzied construction project went hot. It all happened in the remote southeast Washington desert.

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Disasters and Accidents
8:30 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Washington State's Largest Wildfire Not Big Enough To Merit More Federal Assistance

A rancher surveys the fire damage in the Methow Valley near Twisp, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

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Environment and Planning
4:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

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