Martha Kang

Online Managing Editor

Martha oversees KPLU's digital editorial content on KPLU.org, Quirksee.org and various social media platforms.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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. 

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. 

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

As Washington state voters await clarification on what, exactly, legal marijuana will entail, one local pot dealer has taken to social media to connect with customers.

The state Liquor Control Board is working to draft a set of rules to regulate marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. And although producing and distributing non-medical pot is still prohibited, Seattle police have taken to admonishing dealers with strongly-worded letters.

In this new murky landscape, one veteran dealer has found a new way to alert his customers about new shipment: Facebook.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn likely never saw it coming.

While testifying against proposed coal export terminals before a Congressional committee on Tuesday, McGinn found himself at the receiving end of a bizarre — and, at times, personal — attack.

On the offensive was U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, who boasts taking on “anti-coal zealots” on his website.

The Seattle Public Library says it has shattered the world record for the longest book-domino chain.

Two college students teamed up with the library to coordinate a winding chain of 2,131 books with the help of 27 volunteers who consumed 112 slices of pizza during the seven-hour process last Friday, according to the library.

The first four tries brought heartbreaking glitches, including the fourth try failing "about 10 books short of finishing", according to Amy Twito, the library's youth program manager. 

Joseph Carnevale

As soon as Joseph Carnevale moved to Seattle, he began sizing up the Space Needle.  

“First day, we signed a lease, and drove over to the Space Needle and started looking at it,” said Carnevale.

Do you leave a note if you hit an unattended car?

Washington drivers are more likely to leave a note than their Oregon counterparts, according to a new poll conducted by PEMCO Insurance.

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