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 trail running, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She's most at peace on top a Northwest mountain with her husband Andy Plymale and their muddy Aussie-dog Poa.

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Energy
11:37 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Feds Question Northwest Nuclear Plant Evacuation Plans

Federal regulators are questioning an evacuation plan change at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington state.
Energy Northwest

Last summer officials at the only Northwest nuclear power plant changed their public evacuation plans and the federal government says in a report it wasn’t informed.

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Weather and Climate
4:27 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Northwest States Face Early Signs Of Wildfire Summer

A view of the Hungry Hill fire in north east Washington state.
InciWeb

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.

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Weather and Climate
10:43 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Washington Governor Declares Statewide 'Snowpack Drought'

The Washington Department of Ecology released a USDA map to show snowpack levels in advance of Gov. Jay Inslee's declaration of a "snowpack drought."
USDA

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency due to low snowpack Friday.

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Environment and Planning
5:40 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Federal Court Decision Could Alter Cleanup Timelines At Hanford

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is home to 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge in aging underground tanks.
Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Federal courts may force the U.S. Department of Energy to adhere to new timelines to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
7:13 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Drought Forces Large Group Of Yakima Valley Farmers To Turn Off The Spigot

The 11-Mile Headgate for the Roza Irrigation canal outside of Yakima, Washington. Managers shut off the water to the Roza Irrigation District Monday for about two weeks to conserve water in this year's drought.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The Roza Irrigation District in Eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley is shutting off the water for two weeks because of drought. About a billion dollars in crops are on the line.

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Weather and Climate
2:16 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Deepening Northwest Drought Poses Challenges For Farmers

A recent federal government graphic shows the latest meager snow and water levels for Washington state.
Courtesy of Natural Resources Conservation Service of USDA.

A drive across the Northwest quickly reveals things look really dry everywhere.

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Weather and Climate
4:02 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Drought Could Mean Less Whitewater, More Demand From Rafters

Christopher Smith with Sun Country Tours says he knows whitewater guides who may not find work because of drought.
Anna King Northwest News Network

From Wenatchee, Washington, to Bend, Oregon, whitewater rafting guides are preparing for a flood of business as school lets out. But this year’s low snowpack could mean less whitewater and more demand for trips.

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History and Culture
7:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Daughters of Hanford: A Quiet Native American Woman Speaks Up For Her Nation


Natalie Swan, a member of the Yakama Nation, says Hanford is a special place that will always hold great value for the Yakama people.
Kai-Huei Yau

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is one of the most contaminated places on earth. It’s also one of the most sacred landscapes for Northwest tribes.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Pasco Protesters Plan Float For Cinco De Mayo Parade

Eddie Enriquez with Tri-Cities Community Solutions says the group wants 'justice' for Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
Anna King Northwest News Network

In Pasco, Washington a group of protesters has regularly closed down main streets and staged “die-ins” since February’s police shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:28 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Group Hikes 14-Miles Across Tri-Cities To Protest Pasco Shooting

Jeremy Peterson, left, walking across the Cable Bridge that spans the Columbia River from Kennewick to Pasco. He led a small group on a 14-mile walk to protest the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
Anna King Northwest News Network

A group of Tri-Cities, Washington, residents hiked 14 miles across Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Tuesday to protest the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by police officers.

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