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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Sweets in space
11:43 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dessert in space: Not so bad!

“The food’s not so bad,” says Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield shared video of himself enjoying a post-lunch dessert of chocolate pudding cake and coffee.

Hadfield let the cake float out of its container in the gravity-free space before chasing after it a la Homer Simpson

big pizza pie in the sky
11:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Photos: Spectacular full moon over Seattle and beyond

Tim Durkan

Did you catch the full moon last night? 

Lucky for us, some of our talented friends stayed up late to catch the spectacular sight. 

Seattle in the spotlight
10:10 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Seattle edges out Portland, named most-liked U.S. city

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Editor's note: The poll on which this story is based was taken in 2012. No such poll has been taken in 2013. 

Maybe it's the natural beauty that surrounds the city. Or the cultural diversity that enriches it. Or maybe it's those Seattle summer days that resemble perfection, or the winter weekends that ski bums look forward to all year long.

Perhaps for all these reasons, Seattle has topped the list of most-liked U.S. cities, according to a nationwide Public Policy Polling survey.

The poll found 57 percent of those polled see Seattle favorably, and 14 percent unfavorably. Portland, which ranked second, earned 52 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

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Diversion du jour
9:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

'We didn't see this one coming!': Surprise birth of porcupette at zoo

Say hello to Woodland Park Zoo’s first-ever porcupette.

“We have to admit: we didn’t see this one coming!” said the zoo in announcing the baby porcupine’s birth.

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driving in Seattle
11:23 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Report: Seattle drivers spending less time in traffic this year

Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Good news, Seattle drivers: we’re spending less time sitting in traffic this year.

In 2012, Seattle ranked eighth on the list of the most congested U.S. cities with drivers spending an average of 35 hours a year in gridlock, according to the annual Scorecard report.  

This year, that time has dropped by 11 percent, even as congestion rose by 4 percent nationwide. According to the latest numbers, 61 of the top 100 most congested cities have seen more delays. Boston, the tenth most gridlocked city in 2012, saw a 31 percent spike in traffic congestion.

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celebrating earth day in space
12:33 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Aboard Space Station, 'every day is Earth Day'

"Dry lake like a bunny, in the unmistakable Outback."
Chris Hadfield Canadian Space Agency

“One quick look at our planet reminds me of the importance of Earth Day,” says Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut serving as commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield has taken many a looks at our planet, taking photos and sharing snapshots of various corners of our planet, including our own.

"Looking out the windows of ISS (International Space Station), every day is Earth Day,” Hadfield said. "I have never had more love and respect for our planet than I do now, seeing it this way."

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zoo's new condor chick
7:01 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Zookeepers help endangered condor chick break free from shell

Oregon Zoo's new California condor chick is seen in this photo.
Oregon Zoo

This California condor chick needed a bit of help coming out of its shell.

The endangered bird was born on April 11 at the Oregon Zoo through a procedure called an “assist hatch.” Handlers had to crack open the shell to free the bird, who had become stuck inside, unable to move.

“It’s kind of the condor equivalent of an emergency C-section,” said Kelli Walker, the zoo’s lead condor keeper.

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surprise tiger cub birth
4:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Zoo's Sumatran tiger gives surprise birth to cub

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

No one at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium knew Jaya, the Sumatran tiger, was expecting.

So imagine their surprise when the 9-year-old tiger gave birth to a healthy cub Tuesday night.

Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the female cub is said to be healthy, as is the mom. 

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The final frontier
12:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

UW astronomer discovers alien planet that seems ideal for life

This undated handout artist concept provided by Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows the newly discovered planets named Kepler-62e and -f.
NASA

A  University of Washington astronomer has discovered an alien planet where life might flourish.

Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, found Kepler-62f, one of three so-called “Goldilocks” planets as a part of NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission. He co-authored the paper on the discoveries published in the journal Science Thursday.

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snapshots from space
2:36 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Photos: Seattle, as seen from space

Seattle looking nice in the sunshine.
Col. Chris Hadfield Canadian Space Agency

It appears the Seattle area is just as picturesque when seen from afar. 

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield has been wowing us Earthlings with snapshots of all corners of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station. 

And on Saturday, it was Seattle's turn to shine in the spotlight. Hadfield shared two photos of the Puget Sound area.

Science
9:00 am
Sat April 6, 2013

What happens if you cry in space?

Well, the tears don’t fall. And you’ll want a handkerchief, says Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.

“It just forms a ball on my eyes,” he says. “So if you keep crying, you’re just going to end up with a bigger and bigger ball of water in your eye.”

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aquarium news
12:41 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Seattle Aquarium event celebrates affectionate sea otters

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Mania series this begins weekend a celebration of its four sea otters: Lootas, Adaa, Aniak, and Sekiu.

The celebration involves a weekend of special talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids all focusing on the sea otters. 

The youngest sea otter, Sekiu, made quite a splash when she was born last year to Adaa and Aniak. During Sekiu’s early days, the public had a chance to witness first-hand the intimate bond that exists between the pup and her mother.

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Science & sound
5:15 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

UW physicist turns Planck data into hi-fi sound of Big Bang

This image released March 21, 2013 by the ESA and Planck Collaboration shows the afterglow of the Big Bang, the cosmic microwave background, as detected by the European Space Agency's Planck space probe.
ESA and the Planck Collaboration

Close your eyes, press the play button and travel back 14 billion years in time.

That’s the sound of the Big Bang, in high fidelity.

“It sort of sounds like what an airplane sounds like flying over your house in the middle of the night,” says University of Washington physics professor John Cramer who recreated the sound using cosmic microwave data. “A very low frequency that sort of builds up them falls off again.”

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Privacy in the digital era
6:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Can police use Google Earth images without warrant? They already do

Do law enforcement officials need a search warrant to use Google Earth images in a criminal investigation?

“It’s interesting to me that it’s worrisome to some people, because we’ve been doing this for some years,” says San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord.

But an Orcas Island court case now questions whether the practice should be allowed.

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cops & Marijuana legalization
6:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Online petition: Let Seattle cops use pot

Associated Press

An online petition urges Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to “let cops use pot.”

Ben Livingston, founder of Center for Legal Cannabis, started the Change.org petition which seeks 420 signatures. By late Thursday afternoon—several weeks after it was first posted, it had gathered 159 signatures.

Livingston, who says he’s been pushing for pot legalization since 1995, says his proposal is the natural next step for Washington, and he wants Seattle to lead the way.

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