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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Planet Earth
11:10 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Watch: Best views of our planet, as seen from space in 2012

April is Earth Month, and NASA is celebrating by highlighting the planet’s prettiest poses and its most pressing issues in an interactive presentation online.

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NBA in Seattle
4:09 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hansen: More than 44,000 requests for full-season tickets

sonicsarena.com

Investor Chris Hansen says his group’s website has seen “stunning" interest from Seattleites who want to bring an NBA team to the city.

“We received requests for over 44,000 full season tickets, 268 suites and had 983 businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities,” he said, adding 32,000 of the requests for full-season tickets came within the first 24 hours after the priority ticket waitlist went live on sonicsarena.com.

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Diversion du jour
1:29 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

After 3 months, zoo's twin sloth bear cubs emerge from den

Just about everything is new to Woodland Park Zoo’s 3-month-old twin sloth bear cubs who took their first steps outside just days ago.

“Technically, their very first moments outside weren't steps at all, as they rode out from their den clinging to mom's back,” the zoo said on its blog. “Their feet didn't hit the ground until a minute later, when the sights and smells piqued their curiosity and they hopped down to check out their new surroundings.”

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Tracking Bertha
11:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle

WSDOT

Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, has finally arrived in Seattle's Elliott Bay.

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Things that smell funny
11:50 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Seattle's got jokes! Curious news, products announced

Finally, everything your rugged, outdoorsy kitty ever wanted.

The day seems to be filled with things you thought you’d never see.

And you wouldn’t be wrong at the Museum of Flight where Wonder Woman’s invisible plane is on display.

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Entertainment
10:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Should Seattle 'Jeopardy!' champ be next Trebek?

Ken Jennings is seen on "Jeopardy!"
Ken Jennings' Facebook page

Answer: This person is the obvious choice to succeed Alex Trebek as the host of “Jeopardy!”

The “obvious choice”, according to jenningsforjeopardy.com, is Ken Jennings, Seattle’s own record-setting “Jeopardy!” champ who won 74 straight games and more than $3 million (much of which Jennings says he spent on the “three essential T’s: taxes, tithing, and new widescreen TV”). He later faced off against IBM supercomputer Watson in a special "Jeopardy!" exhibition match.

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nature and wildlife
6:31 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Recovering from poisoning, bald eagles show incredible resilience

Dottie Tison West Sound Wildlife Shelter

When Mike Pratt first saw the six critically-ill bald eagles, he held out little hope.

“Several of the eagles were in very critical condition when we picked them up,” said Pratt, director of wildlife at West Sound Wildlife Shelter.

Pratt wasn’t even sure two of the birds would survive the drive from Olympia to Bainbridge Island, where the shelter is located. By the time they’d arrived, things had taken a turn for the worse.

“We thought one was dead,” said Pratt. “We had to give them medication to increase the heart(beat).”

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Arts and culture
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

At WSU, an ex-cigarette machine that sells art

WSU

Washington State University now has its own cigarette machine, but it doesn't sell smokes.

Instead, the Art-o-mat vends artworks at $5 each. The machine aims to make art more accessible and affordable.

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population growth
3:24 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NOAA: Coastal population boom increases hazard risks

NOAA

A population boom along the U.S. coastline threatens to put residents at increased risk in case of an extreme storm that heavily damages infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Latest census data states 123 million Americans, or 39 percent, live along the coast. And growth trends indicate that number will balloon to nearly 134 million people — a growth of 8 percent — by 2020.

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zoo news
11:51 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Meet Woodland Park Zoo's new triplet jaguar cubs

Meet the new triplet jaguar cubs of Woodland Park Zoo.

The three babies were born on Friday in what was the zoo’s first successful jaguar birth in nearly two decades.

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Diversion du jour
9:27 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Watch: Orphaned polar bear cub adjusting to life at Alaska Zoo

Meet Kali, an orphaned polar bear cub being cared for at the Alaska Zoo.

With his yet-too-big paws and seemingly-insatiable curiosity, Kali gives us a look at the innocent side of the majestic bears.

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Business and labor
1:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing to lay off 800 local machinists, shrink workforce

Associated Press

The Boeing Co. will lay off approximately 800 local workers in the Puget Sound area as part of a larger plan to reduce local headcount by 2,000 to 2,300 people, the company said Friday.

Spokesman Doug Alder said affected employees are machinists who handle refurbishment and change incorporation — implementing necessary post-production updates — to the 787 and the 747-8 models.

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Sky
10:38 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Watch: Mesmerizing time-lapse video of northern lights

The skies over Alaska lit up with “one of the best displays (of the northern lights) seen in recent memory” last Saturday, according to the photographer who captured it.

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Health
5:51 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

How healthy is your county? Best and worst of Wash. state

This map outlines the health-outcome rankings of counties in Washington state.
University of Wisconsin Population Heath Institute

Kittitas County is the healthiest county in Washington state, according to an annual report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released this week.

The report is based on a variety of health-related measures of life quality, including the rate of death before age 75, income, high school graduation rate, air and water quality, smoking rate, and obesity.

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Health
10:32 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Wash. state has highest Alzheimer's death rate in U.S.

National Vital Statistics System

Washington state has the highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., according to data released this week by the National Vital Statistics System. 

At 46.3 deaths per 100,000 people, the state’s death rate for the year 2010 far exceeded the national rate of 25.1 deaths per 100,000.

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