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Richland Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Anna King

Anna King is the Richland, Washington, correspondent for the Northwest News Network, covering the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

She attended Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. 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 and their muddy, Aussie dog.

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Recent Articles

Education | News | local

In Pendleton, A Drive-Thru High School Graduation At The Round-Up

Both Oregon and Washington have banned the traditional mass-gathering high school graduation ceremonies. In Pendleton, Oregon, the class of 2020 will get their deplomas via a drive-thru ceremony.

News | Agriculture | local | Environment | Economy | Business

Cherries Are Almost Here, But There Will Be Less Fruit Than Usual

While the world grapples with the spread of the novel coronavirus, cherry farmers in the Northwest face an outbreak of "little cherry disease" in their crops.

News | local | Health

Washington, Oregon Struggle To Address Crowded Parks

Northwest officials are struggling to contain crowds in parks in the time of coronavirus. Washington opened most parks on May 5, Oregon started to reopen some on May 6. Now, the states are trying to fine tune their response for future sunny-day crowds.

News | local | Agriculture

Shipping Woes, Weather Foes Have Northwest Asparagus Market On The Rise

For the last decade, lower-cost imports, labor shortages and increased farming costs have challenged Northwest asparagus farmers. But the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted sales for the region's crop.

local | Food | News | Health | Agriculture

Supply Chain Breakdown Hurts Northwest Ag Exports

Northwest farmers and other agriculture producers say supply-chain disruptions are making it harder to ship their products to markets.

News | local

'A Complete Public Health Nightmare': 100+ Tyson Workers Near Pasco Test Positive For COVID-19

Health officials have tested more than 1,000 Tyson Fresh Meats plant workers for COVID-19 in Wallula, Washington, near Pasco. As of Friday afternoon, 111 had tested positive in the plant that slaughters and processes beef products.

Land | Environment | News | local | Health

Fire Camp Germ Spread Is Dicey In Normal Times. COVID-19 Could Make It Worse.

Fighting wildfires doesn't allow for social distancing. Crews work — and live — close together in hot, sweaty environments. That has officials worried.

News | local

The Northwest Cattle-Branding Show Goes On, With Cautious Eye Toward Coronavirus Safety

Cattle brandings in the Northwest are usually dusty group affairs. Cowboys yell and call to each other. Horses work into a hot lather, helping their...

News | local | Health

Umatilla Tribes Shorten And Alter Funeral Services To Curb Virus

The coronavirus pandemic is also crushing to many traditions and religions trying to mourn their dead, including on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.

News | Agriculture | local | Economy | Food | Business

COVID-19 Pandemic Yields Different Realities For NW Potato And Apple Growers

The coronavirus pandemic continues to make its presence known in all facets of daily life, including agriculture. That extends to some supply and demand economics lessons for Northwest apple and potato growers.

World | News | Business | Economy | local

Northwest Exports Back Up As Coronavirus Quarantines Trade

Right now, all sorts of products aren’t reaching the U.S. because of the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. Reciprocally, many U.S. agricultural and forestry products aren’t shipping to China and other Pacific Rim countries.

Water | Climate change | News | Environment | local

Northwest Floodwaters Begin To Recede, Revealing True Scale Of The Damage

Floodwaters in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon are starting to recede. But this relatively good news follows days of bad news and inundated towns – along with collapsed bridges, dozens of helicopter rescues and washed-out roads.

Communities | News | Environment | local

Large Swaths Of The Northwest Deal With Flooding And High Water

Heavy rain and melting snowpack have turned creeks into torrents, forcing the evacuations of communities and livestock across both Oregon and Washington.

News | local | Animals

Another Mutilated Cow In Central Oregon Rattles Ranchers

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has released information on a new case of a slain cow. The details are similar to mysterious mutilations in a nearby county.

News | local

Hanford's Tricky And Long-Shuttered Plutonium Finishing Plant Is Now Officially Demolished

The large plant that produced two-thirds of the United States' Cold War-era plutonium no longer exists.

local | Environment | Science | Economy | Business | Nation

Bigleaf Maple Syrup Flows As Profits Drip From Once-Maligned Northwest Tree

The Northwest is getting into the lucrative maple syrup industry. Farmers and researchers in Washington state are beginning to tap the sweet potential of the much-maligned bigleaf maple tree.

local | News | Animals | Agriculture

Another Cow Slain And Mutilated In South-Central Oregon, But Few Leads

A range cow was recently found in Lake County, Oregon, apparently mutilated.  This follows the five bulls killed on the sprawling Silvies Valley Ranch last summer in neighboring and vast Harney County. 

Food | News | local | Agriculture

Why Are Apples Rotting In Washington Orchards? Bad Weather, Labor Shortage To Blame

Fujis and Pink Ladies are some of the most valuable and last to ripen apple varieties in the Northwest. And this winter there are huge swaths of them left unpicked in orchards east of the Cascades.

Environment | News | Nation | local

Washington State Fines Feds More Than $1 Million Over Hanford Cleanup Data

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a more than $1 million penalty to the U.S. Department of Energy for withholding important information at the Hanford cleanup site.

News | Business | local | Agriculture

Suspicious Haystack Fires In Central Washington Leaves Major Export Up In Smoke

More than a dozen haystacks have been burned under suspicious circumstances in Central Washington since early October. It’s concerning to the hay industry and law enforcement.