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. 


11:29 am
Thu August 15, 2013

‘Books on Bikes’ Seattle Librarian's Bike Stolen

Have you seen this bike?

Jared Mills is a Seattle librarian who pedals some 100 books around town in an aluminum trailer as part of the “Books on Bikes” program.

Except he no longer owns a bike.

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victim's voice
5:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sex-Trafficking Victim: 'I Had Nothing to Run to'

Listen to Nicole tell her story.
Paula Wissel's radio story for KPLU

Nicole was 17 when she met the man who changed her life.

“I met a guy. He put the charms on me, and I fell for it,” she said.

Soon, Nicole found herself on the streets of Seattle and Tacoma, earning money for that same man as a sex worker. 

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striking photos
11:23 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Photos: Lightning Strikes Light Up Seattle and Beyond

Tim Durkan

Photographers in the Puget Sound area captured these striking images on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Here are a few by Seattle photographer Tim Durkan. 

Here's one from photographer Gary Deyo. 

Jim Stiles captured the lightning storm in the Cascade Mountains. "The raw power of Mother Nature!" he wrote.


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Longing for love
4:07 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Utility: Lone Osprey Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Seattle City Light

A lone osprey is looking for love in all the wrong places, namely a high-voltage transmission tower, according to Seattle City Light.

The male raptor has been nesting on the tower along the Duwamish River despite the utility’s attempts to shoo the bird to greener pastures. Nest-building material could catch ablaze or cause a short circuit, which might trigger outages or fatally injure the bird.

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Amber Alert
1:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Suspected Child Abductor Might Have Explosives

Authorities say a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old Southern California girl and triggering a multi-state Amber Alert might be armed with homemade explosives.

San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said Thursday that evidence recovered at James Lee DiMaggio's home east of San Diego suggests he might have fled with explosives.

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Seattle Lifestyle
11:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Rankings: Seattle One of Best for Child-Free Grownups, Dog Lovers

Seattle is one of the best places for child-free living, according to a new city.

Real Estate blog Estately ranked Seattle as the second best U.S. city for grownups without kids, but not without poking a little fun.

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Diversion du jour
10:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Watch: Meet the Tallest Baby in Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo

Say hello to the tallest baby in Seattle.

The baby giraffe was born at Woodland Park Zoo on Tuesday night. And less than two hours after coming into the world, the calf was already standing with his mom, 6-year-old Olivia, and stretching 5½ feet tall.

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Amber Alert
5:17 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Amber Alert Issued in Wash. for Boy, Teen Abducted in Calif.

An Amber Alert has been issued in Washington state for a boy and a teen girl who was abducted in San Diego County, California, and believed to be headed to Canada. 

Police say James DiMaggio, 40, took 8-year-old Ethan Anderson and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after allegedly murdering their mother. The woman's remains were found inside a burned-out house near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.

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Diversion du jour
2:07 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Camera Captures Birth of Baby Seal at Elliott Bay Marina

Elliott Bay Marina Harbormaster Brian Kaloper was walking to his office on Monday when he noticed something unusual on the G Dock: a harbor seal.

“It's kind of abnormal, because it’s a heavily walked dock,” said Kaloper.

Inside his office, Kaloper pulled up the surveillance camera aimed at the dock to take a closer look at the seal.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:51 am
Fri July 26, 2013

4 Reasons Why Seattle Has Best Summers in U.S.

The Seattle metro area recently topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S., and KPLU weather commentator Cliff Mass says he’s not surprised.

“We do have the best weather in the whole United States by almost any measure,” he says.

There are several reasons for this excellent weather, says Mass, and we can thank the Pacific Ocean for all of them.

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Seattle's Elbow Grease
10:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Seattle Named Hardest-Working City in U.S.

Jonathan Cooper

Take a break, Seattle! It looks like we've earned it.

Seattle topped the list of the hardest-working cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Wednesday by Movoto, a national real-estate blog.

Movoto considered seven different factors of “elbow grease”: average hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, employed workers per household, hours volunteered per year, lack of sleep, and cost of living.

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Seattle summer
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Seattle Tops List of Cities with Cool, Comfortable Summers

Doug Mahugh

Loathe sweltering summer heat? You’re in the right place.

The Seattle metro area topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S.

Research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces used average day and night temperatures and humidity to determine which cities had the coolest, most comfortable summers. Portland ranked second, and San Francisco took third.

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American held in North Korea
10:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

North Korean group releases video interview of held Lynnwood man

This image grab shows Kenneth Bae.

A North Korean media outlet has released footage of an interview with Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state.

In the undated footage released via CNN, Bae said he is mainly working in farm fields, but only for eight hours a day. Bae stated his handlers are “considerate, so I’m not working too hard."

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Seattle snobbish?
2:12 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Harumph! Seattle ranked 5th snobbiest city in U.S.

Alejandro De La Cruz Flickr

Does our love of coffee make us snobs, Seattle? How about our dedication to recycling? 

Yes and yes, according to the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine who took part in a survey ranking the snobbiest cities in the U.S. 

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Diversion du jour
2:23 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Watch: Harbor seal pups make public debut at Point Defiance

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s two newest harbor seal pups are ready to meet their fans.

The pups, who were born earlier this month, made their public debut on Friday. Hogan, a male harbor seal, was born on June 2 and was followed by his sister, Saya, who arrived on June 10.

The harbor seals are on exhibit in the Rocky Shores area of the aquarium.