Martha Kang

Online Managing Editor

Martha is a web journalist, a lover of books, and a midnight cook.

Prior to joining KPLU in March 2013, Martha spent six years on the digital team of KOMO News, reporting and producing stories for the station's website. Starting in July 2011, she also led the station's social media efforts, increasing the news outlet's digital reach exponentially and establishing KOMO as a regional powerhouse. 

Martha has worked as a news writer at Northwest Cable News, and as a freelancer at WLS-TV in Chicago.  She attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism while working as a TV news producer and reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the Kiplinger Fellowship by Ohio State University's Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. 


11:15 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Why Washington State Was Named #1 Most Innovative State By Bloomberg

Tim Durkan

Washington state is the most innovative state in the nation, according to a new ranking by Bloomberg.

The publication ranked the states using a points system based on six criteria, which heavily favored the tech industry. 

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Weather With Cliff Mass
10:44 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Mass On Friday Snow Forecast: Latest Models Show 'This Front Is Coming'

"By 1 a.m. Friday, light snow has begun over western Washington. Less than 1.5 inches in most places."

It’s not always easy to predict lowland snow in the Pacific Northwest, but the latest weather models confirm snow is coming on Friday, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Mass: 'Extensive Lowland Snow' Likely Friday Morning

This UW WRF model shows the predicted 24-hour snow total, ending 4 p.m. Friday.
Cliff Mass

Snow in the lowlands may snarl Friday's morning commute, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“Models are still suggesting that there will be extensive lowland snow on Friday morning, between roughly 1 to 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, on his weather blog.

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Amber Alert
1:47 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Kennewick Teen

Elizabeth Romero

UPDATE: The Amber Alert was canceled on Tuesday, Dec. 10 after the girl was found safe in Mexico. 


An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen in Kennewick, Washington.

Elizabeth Romero is believed to be with a 19-year-0ld man named Edwardo Flores Rosales, and traveling in a green Ford Escape model from the early 2000s.

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Then and Now
5:01 am
Thu December 5, 2013

80 Years after Repeal Day, How Wash. State's Cocktail Culture Has Changed

J. Aronson Liquor sign ca. 1916.
Courtesy MOHAI

It was 80 years ago on Dec. 5 that Prohibition ended. But in Washington state, restrictions on alcohol were around long after Prohibition was repealed, and some remain in effect even today.

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privacy & technology
1:58 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Why Google Glass Makes Some People Uneasy in This Digital Age

File image
Google/AP Photo

Where do we draw the line when it comes to infringing on each other’s privacy?  That’s the question at the center of a controversy involving a diner recently kicked out of a Seattle restaurant for refusing to remove his Google Glass.

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life on two wheels
2:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fremont Bridge Seeing More Bike Traffic, But Is It a Trend?

Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle’s Fremont Bridge has seen an uptick in bike traffic, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Weekly totals of two-wheeled travelers jumped 28 percent in October and November compared to the same time last year, data recorded by the bridge’s bike counter shows.

SDOT’s Craig Moore said it’s hard to pinpoint a cause of the growth in ridership, but the recent dry stretch likely played a role.

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gun violence
2:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide

Paula Wissel KPLU

Children who live in homes with an unlocked gun are nine times more likely to commit suicide, according to data compiled by Public Health – Seattle & King County between 1999 and 2012. The same data, released Monday, shows more than 5,000 of the county’s children live in homes with an unlocked firearm.

In response to the new findings, King County has launched the Safe Storage Saves Lives campaign through which ten local and national retailers will offer discounts on secure lockboxes, the county announced Monday.

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transportation package
11:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services

King County Metro Transit's Facebook Page

King County will take its own measures to save Metro Transit services if the state Legislature fails to pass a transportation package in time, said King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday.

“Let me be clear: this is not our first choice,” Constantine said of taking local measures.

But time is running out for state lawmakers to act, he said; the Legislature on Thursday missed its target day to take up a statewide transportation package. 

"It's not happening," Constantine said. 

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Election 2013
5:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

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11:43 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Crunch Pak Recalls Apple Slices Due to Listeria Concerns

Crunch Pak

Washington company Crunch Pak has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of packaged apple slices due to listeria concerns.

The Cashmere, Wash.-based company recalled six of its products Thursday after a single random sample tested positive for listeria in a test conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been reported, the company said.

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We're #1!
5:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Seattle Named Smartest City in North America

Tim Durkan

Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.

Seattle topped the magazine’s list of smartest cities in North America. The ranking is based on a number of categories, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.

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boeing package
12:09 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Inslee: 49 Governors Will Call Boeing if Wash. Loses Deal

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Washington state has everything to lose with its aerospace industry and therefore must move fast to appease Boeing, said Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday morning.

“We have been fortunate like few other states, communities on the planet in having a vigorous aerospace industry here. There are 49 governors that will be calling Boeing if, in fact, this deal doesn’t go through,” Inslee said.

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marijuana licenses
5:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What You Should Know about Applying for a State Pot License

Associated Press

This month, the state Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses. State officials on Monday released details about the application process. Here are four things you should know:

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wind storm
3:18 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Wind Storm Wreaks Havoc in Western Washington

"Quite blustery at Greenlake earlier today–you could almost lean in to the wind. Huge waves!" says Bellamy Pailthorp.

A gusty wind storm whipped into western Washington Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and leaving some 150,000 area residents without power.

Early Saturday afternoon, Puget Sound Energy reported some 105,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 1,000 outages, half of them in Northern King County. By Sunday morning, power had been restored to all but 9,500 customers as a result of 60 outages in King and Kitsap counties. 

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