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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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. 

marijuana regulation
6:55 am
Fri June 21, 2013

In post-legalization haze, one pot dealer using Facebook for business

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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.

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coal debate gone awry
3:22 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Mr. McGinn goes to Washington, gets dealt bizarre blow

This screen capture shows Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

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.

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fun with books
3:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch: Seattle Public Library tries to break record for longest book-domino chain

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. 

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daredevil photography
8:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Mystery man revealed: The daredevil behind the lens

Joseph Carnevale

KPLU's exclusive interview with 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.

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driving in the northwest
10:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Poll: Wash. drivers more likely to leave note than Ore. drivers

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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Diversion du jour
9:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

How to play Macklemore's song using mostly household sounds

It turns out you already own just about everything you need to play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit song "Can't Hold Us Back".

A YouTube user named StonysWorld posted a video of his version of the song, which he recreated using various sounds around the house. The user does play a riff on his keyboard, but the rest of the song is carried by homemade sounds he adds by slamming doors, drumming on guard rails, and craftily timing the "ding!" of the microwave. 

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impacts of bridge collapse
4:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Worried shop owners hope state's PR plan saves peak season

WSDOT

State officials are working to spread the word: visitors can still reach businesses in the Northwest corner of the state in spite of the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the state Department of Commerce to release $150,000 for marketing and promotion efforts to help affected businesses. The state will work with local partners in Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties to develop a regional media plan to inform the public that area businesses and attractions are open and reachable by alternate routes and ferries.

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zoo news
1:35 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'Severely endangered' red-crowned crane chick born at Seattle zoo

Dennis Dow Woodland Park Zoo

An endangered red-crowned crane chick has joined the Woodland Park Zoo family.

The male chick was born on May 13 to parents Niles and Maris, both 21-year-old cranes who were donated to Woodland Park by Japan’s Kobi Oji Zoo.

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rooftopping photographer
7:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Daredevil photographer posts photos taken at dizzying heights

Afraid of heights? This story might make you a bit queasy. 

A mysterious photographer is once again scaling some of Seattle's tallest buildings to capture photos from knee-weakening heights. 

A Reddit user named “shuttersubversive” posted a new round of photos on the website this week.

One of the images appears to have been taken from the top of the flagpole on the Space Needle. Another looks down from a tall building that sits next to the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of downtown.

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Marijuana legalization
3:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Five things you should know about the proposed marijuana rules

This is the official logo for state-licensed marijuana stores and products.
Liquor Control Board

The state Liquor Control Board on Thursday released a draft of rules proposed to help regulate legal marijuana. The 46-page document is filled with details relevant to those who plan to apply for a pot license.

Here are five things non-license seekers should know about the proposed rules:

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NBA in Seattle
3:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

NBA owners: Sacramento Kings to stay put

NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle. 

The 22-to-8 vote followed a recommendation made last month by the NBA's relocation committee and may have finally brought an end to an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years.

"This was not an anti-Seattle vote; this was a pro-Sacramento vote," said NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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Dog attacks
10:52 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Yikes! Seattle ranked 2nd worst city for dog attacks on mail carriers

It appears being a mail carrier in Seattle can be dangerous.

Seattle ranked second on a list of cities that saw the most dog attacks on mail carriers during the last fiscal last year, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

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Ouch!
3:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Survey: Americans 'so over' hipsters and their 'soullessly appropriate cultural tropes'

"Sadie joining the hipster revolution."
auztin Flickr

Sorry, hipsters. Americans are “so over” you—so much so that some think you should be subject to a special tax, according to the results of a new nationwide poll. 

The survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found just 16 percent of Americans view hipsters favorably. A whopping 42 percent hold an unfavorable view while 43 percent were undecided.

And 27 percent of voters found hipsters "so annoying" that they felt hipsters should have to pay an extra tax.

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