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Northwest News Reporter

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


Feds Step In To Help Pasco Police Engage With Community

Northwest News Network | May 27, 2015 5:55 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice is having Pasco, Washington, police officers and residents meet for coffee and a conversation Wednesday following the...


Feds Strike New Deal On K-West Basin Sludge Cleanup At Hanford

Northwest News Network | May 26, 2015 6:05 p.m.

Two branches of the federal government struck a deal Tuesday on when to clean up radioactive sludge near the Columbia River.


Feds Question Northwest Nuclear Plant Evacuation Plans

Northwest News Network | May 19, 2015 1:47 p.m.

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.


Northwest States Face Early Signs Of Wildfire Summer

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2015 4:44 p.m.

As Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, the wildfire outlook has fire officials concerned in Washington, Oregon...

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Washington Governor Declares Statewide 'Snowpack Drought'

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2015 2:37 p.m.

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


Federal Court Decision Could Alter Cleanup Timelines At Hanford

Northwest News Network | May 13, 2015 5:40 p.m.

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...


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

Northwest News Network | May 12, 2015 5:18 p.m.

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...


Deepening Northwest Drought Poses Challenges For Farmers

Northwest News Network | May 5, 2015 2:16 p.m.

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


Drought Could Mean Less Whitewater, More Demand From Rafters

Northwest News Network | May 4, 2015 4:02 p.m.

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...


Pasco Protesters Plan Float For Cinco De Mayo Parade

Northwest News Network | April 29, 2015 9:12 a.m.

In Pasco, Washington, a group of protesters have regularly closed down main streets and staged "die-ins" since February's police shooting of farmworker...


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

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.

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


Pasco Shooting: City, Activists, Lawyers Amp-Up Their Public Relations Game

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2015 8:34 a.m.

It's been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington.


Protestors Mark Two Months Since Pasco Shooting

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 7:15 a.m.

It's been two months since police in Pasco, Washington, shot and killed an orchard worker in a case that received national attention.


Several Large Events To Mark Two-Months Since Pasco Shooting

Northwest News Network | April 9, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Friday marks two months since Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by police in Pasco, Washington after he was reportedly throwing rocks in a crowded...


Northwest Farmers Prepare For Short Water Year

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Across the Northwest, farmers are already making tough calls because of this year's drought. The dismal snowpack is to blame.


In Time For Easter: Northwest Asparagus Popping Up Early

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2015 9:44 a.m.

Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It's in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.


Daughters of Hanford: Manhattan Project Secretary Locked Up Secret Files

Northwest News Network | April 1, 2015 8:38 a.m.

When Sue Olson started working for the U.S. Army Corps as a young woman, she first heard about Hanford in an urgent message. "Don't come to Hanford --...


Washington State University Tri-Cities Increases Mentoring For Women

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 5:07 p.m.

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch "Million Women Mentors."


Arlene's Flowers Fined $1,000 For Discrimination

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 4:49 p.m.

A Richland, Washington, florist will pay $1,000 in fines to the state. The flower shop had discriminated against a same-sex couple that wanted flowers...


Northwest Cherry Crop Could Set New Early Record This Year

Northwest News Network | March 17, 2015 3:44 p.m.

The region's recent stretch of warm weather means Northwest sweet cherries will likely be going early to market this year.