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Richland Correspondent

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 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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Recent Articles

Nation | Flora and Fauna | Food

In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

NPR | Aug. 28, 2015 4:14 p.m.

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in the state. In the isolated Okanogan Valley, where power and phone lines have burned, cattle ranchers are doing what they can to spare herds.


Escaping Wildfire With 15 Horses In Tow

Northwest News Network | Aug. 21, 2015 5:32 p.m.

Methow Valley ranchers and their horses fled fire in Central Washington this week. They hauled the horses out in convoys of trailers. Now one herd of 15 horses has been evacuated to the a ranch outside of Wenatchee.


Keep Fighting: An Account Of Getting News Of Death On The Fire Line

Northwest News Network | Aug. 21, 2015 8:41 a.m.

Three firefighters were killed Wednesday in the wildfire near Twisp, Washington. Another 3,000 are currently on the job around the state.

Environment | local

Winds Whipping Up As Thousands Fight Fires In Washington State

Northwest News Network | Aug. 20, 2015 6:14 p.m.

Wildfires are burning across nearly 600 square miles of Washington state and the forecast today calls for strong winds in the most affected areas.

Environment | local | News

Washington Officials Call For Feds To Help Fund Firefighting

Northwest News Network | Aug. 20, 2015 4:33 p.m.

Elected officials are asking the Obama administration for federal money to help Washington state fight wildfires.

Environment | local | News

Chelan Complex Fires Give Lake A Ghostly Quality

Northwest News Network | Aug. 19, 2015 3:04 p.m.

Fires continue to burn around Lake Chelan in central Washington with the smoke now visible from space.

local | News

Chainsaws And Helicopters: The Sounds Of A Firefight

Northwest News Network | Aug. 19, 2015 2:19 p.m.

Correspondent Anna King brings us the sound of the front lines of the First Creek fire near Lake Chelan in north central Washington.

Environment | local | News

Boulders And Bees Make Chelan Complex Fires A Hard Fight

Northwest News Network | Aug. 18, 2015 5:41 p.m.

The Chelan Complex fires have grown to more than 123,000 acres and still have Lake Chelan surrounded.


Firefighters Struggle To Gain Control Of Chelan Complex Fires

Northwest News Network | Aug. 17, 2015 4:34 p.m.

Nearly 3,000 residents have been evacuated so far and dozens of homes have burned as firefighters struggle to gain any control over the blaze.


Washington Fire Drops Ash Like Snow, Destroys Fruit Co-op

Northwest News Network | Aug. 17, 2015 7:28 a.m.

As ash fell Sunday on downtown Chelan, Washington, a nearby fruit packing cooperative that called itself the world's largest stood in ruins. It's one of...


Central Washington Firefighters Hope To Switch From Defense To Offense

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2015 11:24 a.m.

More than 700 firefighters are attacking fires in Central Washington. The "Reach Complex" fires have forced evacuations, burned at least 25 structures...


Hanford Whistleblower Moving On With Life After Settling For $4.1 Million

Northwest News Network | Aug. 13, 2015 4:50 p.m.

A Hanford nuclear site whistleblower says he's ready to get back to work. He settled his legal battle Wednesday for $4.1million.


Hanford Whistleblower Gets $4.1 Million In Settlement Deal

Northwest News Network | Aug. 13, 2015 7:44 a.m.

Walter Tamosaitis, a high-level whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, settled Wednesday with his former employer federal contractor URS.


Firefighters Backburning To Save Holden Village From Wolverine Fire

Northwest News Network | Aug. 12, 2015 5:57 p.m.

The Wolverine Fire in north central Washington has burned up more than 30,000 acres. Hotshot crews are now trying to save a small Lutheran religious...


70th Anniversary Of Nagasaki Bombing Remembered In Richland

Northwest News Network | Aug. 10, 2015 7:21 a.m.

The 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan was remembered Sunday night in Richland, Washington. About 50 people gathered near the Columbia...


Fire Crews Back Burn, Try To Slow Wolverine Fire

Northwest News Network | Aug. 7, 2015 3:07 p.m.

Fire crews are starting back burns from helicopters and are digging hand lines to try and slow the Wolverine wildfire in north-central Washington state.


Remote Washington Village Prepares For Oncoming Wildfire

Northwest News Network | Aug. 6, 2015 2:33 p.m.

Vacationers are cancelling their trips and residents are preparing for wildfire in a remote northeast Washington tourist village that is accessible only...


Wolverine Creek Fire Near Chelan Grows 9,000 Acres

Northwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2015 2:33 p.m.

The Wolverine Creek Fire in northeast Washington state has grown by 9,000 acres since Sunday. It's now at 25,634 acres on the northwest side of Lake...


Daughters of Hanford: A Black Woman Geologist Digs Into Hanford Soil

Northwest News Network | Aug. 3, 2015 7:37 a.m.