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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Weather with Cliff Mass
3:25 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Rain, Rain And More Rain: Record-Breaking March For Parts Of W. Wash.

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Elaine Thompson AP Photo

This weekend's rain caused parts of western Washington to see the wettest March on record as was predicted by KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass

"My lawn has turned into a carpet of moss and my deck is now green," Mass said on Sunday.

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Cannabis Industry
12:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis'

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AP Photo

Move over, Hempfest; there’s a new show in town, and on the same weekend.

CannaCon is coming to the Tacoma Dome, and organizers hope to make it the biggest cannabis expo in the country.

“Picture the Seattle Home and Garden Show, but with cannabis,” said Bob Smart, a medical marijuana retailer who is organizing the event with the help of the Marijuana Business Association.

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Prostitution
10:53 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Seattle's Underground Sex Economy Explained, In Five Points

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photo

Seattle’s underground sex economy more than doubled between 2003 and 2007, when the industry shrunk in other U.S. cities, according to a study by the Urban Institute released Wednesday.

The in-depth study on the economics of the underground commercial sex trade focused on eight U.S. cities, including Seattle, through national data sets and interviews with hundreds of sex workers and law enforcement officials.

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Olympic National Park
12:30 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Storm Splits Olympic National Park's Centuries-Old 'Kalaloch Cedar' Tree In Two

"Kalaloch cedar," after the storm.
Olympic National Park

A centuries-old red western cedar tree in Olympic National Park fell victim to a storm over the weekend.

Olympic National Park spokesperson Barb Maynes said the beloved tree known as the “Kalaloch cedar” split in two on Saturday, and a large portion of it fell away.

“It certainly has been an iconic tree for many, many years,” said Maynes. 

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Oil Trains
5:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains

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Matthew Brown AP Photo

Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the resolution co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

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Found Object
2:02 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

See The Unearthed Mammoth Tusk, Help Name Its Prehistoric Owner

University of Washington paleontologist Christian Sidor uncovers a small part of a fossilized mammoth tusk partially wrapped in layers of foil, plaster and plastic to allow it to slowly dry at the school's Burke Museum on Feb. 26, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

What to call the mammoth whose tusk surfaced in South Lake Union last month?

Starting Saturday, the Burke Museum will take public suggestions to name the prehistoric mammal the tusk once belonged to. Ideas can be submitted in person at the museum where the tusk will be on display, or online at seattlemammoth.org.

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Education
11:32 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Number Of Homeless Students In Wash. State Rises Again, Tops 30,000

KPLU

The number of homeless students in Washington state has risen for the sixth straight year, this time topping 30,000.

The latest count by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction shows the number of students without homes rose by 11.8 percent from the previous year to reach 30,609 last school year. The figure reflects a 47.3 percent spike from the 2008-2009 school year.

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Amber Alert
3:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Amber Alert Canceled After Two Mill Creek Children Found Safe In Oregon

Tyrel Henry, left, and Alexandria Henry

An Amber Alert was canceled Thursday evening after two missing Mill Creek children were found safe in Oregon.

The alert was issued after  2-year-old Tyrel Henry and 8-months-old Alexandria Henry were taken by their mother. Tyrel, who had a tracheotomy, is on a ventilator and in need of around-the-clock medical care. 

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Homelessness
12:11 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents

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joolie Flickr

Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a guest blog post in The Stranger on Tuesday.

Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have, stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”

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Death Penalty
10:40 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Suspends Death Penalty In Wash. State

Gov. Jay Inslee announces Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state during a news conference in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte AP Photo

No one will be executed in the state of Washington as long as Gov. Jay Inslee is in office, the governor said Tuesday.

"Equal justice under the law is the primary responsibility of our state. And in death penalty cases, I am not convinced equal justice is being served," Inslee said.

The governor, who previously supported the death penalty, said he decided to issue the moratorium after a months-long review of strong arguments on both sides of the issue, as well as a visit to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla where nine inmates are currently on death row. But Inslee said his decision wasn’t based on just those nine people.

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Bertha, The Boring Machine
9:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WSDOT: Fixing Bertha 'Will Take Months'

This screen grab shows a crew member clearing away clogging dirt from the cutterhead.
WSDOT

The state contractor hasn’t yet decided how to fix the broken seal near Bertha’s bearing, but “either way, this process will take months,” said the state Department of Transportation late Monday.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
8:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mass: Chance Of A Snowy Weekend, But No Serious Snowfall Until Then

National Weather Service

Olympia and points south could see a dusting of snow on Thursday night, but not enough to accumulate, says the National Weather Service.

The region might see more snow on Saturday, but exactly where and how much remain unclear, according to KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Police Reform
11:25 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Feds: Seattle Police Now Have Building Blocks For 'Longstanding Reform'

zeraien Flickr

The Seattle Police Department has made “significant process” in an effort to reform a culture of excessive use of force and racially-biased policing, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said on Tuesday.

“We now have the building blocks to have significant longstanding reform,” said Durkan during a news conference held following a meeting with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels.

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High Honors
5:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Street Named In Honor Of Civil Rights Leader Who Brought Dr. King To Seattle

Rev. Samuel McKinney
HistoryLink.org

The Seattle City Council has named a street in the city’s central area in honor of civil rights leader Rev. Samuel McKinney.

The council on Monday unanimously agreed to designate a stretch of 19th Avenue East, between East Union Street and East Madison Street, as Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue.

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Matters Of The Heart
2:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com

"Fog can’t obscure the love and positive energy for this cute couple as they bring in the new year with a kiss."
Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.

The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.

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