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. 

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meth labs
10:20 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Pierce County Among Top 10 in U.S. for Number of Meth Sites

This screen grab shows CNN's interactive map. Click on the link below to explore the map.
CNN

Washington’s Pierce County is among the top 10 in the U.S. for the number of contaminated meth lab sites found in the past eight years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

CNN created an interactive map which reflects data collected by the DEA's National Clandestine Laboratory Register between 2004 and 2012. The data includes all meth incidents including found labs, dumpsites, and seizures of chemicals and glassware.

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Diversion du jour
2:39 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Woodland Park Zoo's Baby Giraffe Now Has a Name

Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle’s tallest baby now has a name.

The name of Woodland Park Zoo’s 7-week-old baby giraffe is (drumroll, please...) Misawa. 

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Business
10:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Bob B. Brown

With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.

The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.

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the lives of women
6:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Wash. State One of 10 Most Women-Friendly States in U.S.

The map is a screen grab of an interactive map created by the Center for American Progress.

Good news, women of Washington!

Washington state is one of 10 best places for women to live in the U.S., according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

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energy efficiency
1:07 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington, D.C.-based research group. 

The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.

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labor dispute
9:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging

WSDOT

The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.

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employment
1:34 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Seattle Metro Area Ranks 1st for New Jobs, 2nd for Wage Growth

Jonathan Cooper

It appears the going is good for the working man in the Puget Sound area. 

The Seattle metro area saw the most new jobs last month, and the second largest wage growth in recent years in spite of the financial crisis, according to new reports.

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Autism Art
4:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Once Shut in by Autism, Man Shares World through Photos

Forrest Sargent, right, communicates by pointing to letters on a letterboard.
Martha Kang KPLU News

For Forrest Sargent, a picture is worth a thousand words left unsaid. Sargent, 22, is autistic and unable to speak. He can communicate through a letterboard, but because the task requires training and patience, it limits his world to a very small circle.

So instead of telling others his thoughts, he shows them the world as he sees it, through his photos. 

Read his story on our companion site, Quirksee.org >>>

regulating marijuana
10:10 am
Wed September 4, 2013

State Liquor Board Announces Proposed Caps on Recreational Pot

AP Photos

The state of Washington can produce, at most 40 metric tons, or 2 million square feet, of marijuana per year, the state Liquor Control Board said in its revised proposed rules for recreational pot on Wednesday.  

A total of 334 pot stores will be allowed statewide, the board said, and each county will have its own cap.

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Driving in Seattle
10:44 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Allstate: Seattle's Drivers Worse than Portland's, Tacoma's

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle drivers aren’t exactly the best drivers, according to a new report by the insurance company Allstate.

The company reviewed its claims data to compile a list of cities based on driving performance.

Seattle’s drivers, with an average of 7.8 years between accidents, ranked 160th, having fallen six spots since last year. 

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uw ranking
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

UW Ranks High for 'Best Bang for Buck,' Public Good Contributions

University of Washington Visitors Center's Facebook Page

The University of Washington is one of the highest-rankings schools when it comes to contributions to the public good, according to the Washington Monthly.

The school is also one of the magazine’s top 20 picks on its “best bang for the buck” list.

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sounds of snails
9:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

This is What Snails Sound Like When They Eat

When snails chow down, they make some noise, says Washington snail farmer Ric Brewer.

We can hear the snails eating with their toothed tongue, as well as the “squoosh” of their slime, Brewer says. Here's his brief explanation, followed by the sounds of the snails themselves. 

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microquake
1:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

3.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Near Gig Harbor, Shakes Buildings

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Did you feel it?

A 3.6-magnitude quake hit Key Center, Wash., located across Henderson Bay from Gig Harbor, at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 

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Snail Whisperer
9:49 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Quilcene Snail Rancher Raising 'the Original Slow Food'

Ric Brewer

Ric Brewer spends his weekends hunched over his garden, tending to what he calls “the original slow food.”

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Diversion du jour
2:41 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Watch: Zoo Streaming Live Video from Baby Giraffe's Barn

Woodland Park Zoo

Remember Seattle’s tallest newborn who stole the city’s  heart on the day he was born?

Now you can watch the giraffe calf all day long.

Woodland Park Zoo has installed a camera inside the giraffe barn where the 6-feet-tall and his mother, Olivia, stay.

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