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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Football Fever
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Seattle Vs. New Orleans: How The Football Foes Measure Up Off the Field

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate with a variation on the New Orleans Saints slogan "Who Dat?" in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle.
Scott Eklund AP Photo

The Seahawks will play the New Orleans Saints at the Clink this weekend, but it's clear both teams' fan fever runneth over the football field and deep in their hometowns. 

So we wanted to know what off-field bragging rights each team might have. Who has it better at home? And whose mascot reigns supreme? We teamed up with WWNO Public Radio in New Orleans to consider the facts.

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Changing Of The Guards
10:35 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Murray Appoints Veteran Bailey As SPD's New Interim Chief

Harry Bailey, right, is Seattle Police Department's new interim chief.
Paula Wissel

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has appointed retired assistant police chief Harry Bailey as the new interim chief for the Seattle Police Department.

Murray said Bailey, a 35-year veteran of the force who retired in 2007, will help implement the court-ordered consent decree while the hiring process for a permanent chief moves forward.

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Inauguration Day
4:33 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member Sworn Into Office

New Seattle Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, left, holds up a clenched fist as she stands with Nicole Grant, who assisted in a ceremonial swearing-in, at an inaugural event Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Seattle’s new Mayor Ed Murray and city council member Kshama Sawant promised to work to improve the city as they took their oaths of office on Monday.

Hundreds gathered to watch the city’s first gay mayor and first modern-day Socialist council member, who were among several city leaders sworn into office during a public ceremony.

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Bertha, The Boring Machine
2:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's Blocking Bertha? Probably A Steel Pipe The State Put There, WSDOT Says

WSDOT

A steel pipe that the state Department of Transportation itself had installed back in 2002 sits in the way of Bertha underneath Seattle, WSDOT said on Friday, and it may be the cause of the weeks-long work stoppage.

An inspection on Jan. 2 “showed an 8-inch-diameter steel pipe protruding through one of the many openings in the cutterhead,” WSDOT said, adding the agency had installed the pipe, a well casing, in the wake of the 2001 Nisqually quake to better understand groundwater flow. 

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Minimum Wage
9:54 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Murray Issues Executive Order To Move Toward $15 Minimum Wage

File image
AP Photo

Seattle Mayor-Elect Ed Murray has issued an executive order to move toward a $15 per hour minimum wage for all city employees.

Announcing the order at a news conference Friday morning, Murray said he has asked the heads of the city’s departments to develop a comprehensive strategy in the next four months to adopt the higher wage.

“They will explore potential options surrounding the implementation, including the possible option of making it retroactive to the beginning of 2014,” he said.

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Diversion Du Jour
6:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Meet The Seattle Woman Who Ate Nothing But Starbucks For An Entire Year

Beautiful Existence

The year 2013 was the Year of Starbucks for one Seattle woman who survived only on foods and drinks she bought at Starbucks cafes.

The woman, named Beautiful Existence, says she’d often thought about taking on the task. After all, yearlong experiments were nothing new to Existence, who challenged herself to shop only at Goodwill for the entire year of 2011.

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Forward-Thinkers
11:15 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Why Washington State Was Named #1 Most Innovative State By Bloomberg

Tim Durkan

Washington state is the most innovative state in the nation, according to a new ranking by Bloomberg.

The publication ranked the states using a points system based on six criteria, which heavily favored the tech industry. 

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Weather With Cliff Mass
10:44 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Mass On Friday Snow Forecast: Latest Models Show 'This Front Is Coming'

"By 1 a.m. Friday, light snow has begun over western Washington. Less than 1.5 inches in most places."

It’s not always easy to predict lowland snow in the Pacific Northwest, but the latest weather models confirm snow is coming on Friday, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Mass: 'Extensive Lowland Snow' Likely Friday Morning

This UW WRF model shows the predicted 24-hour snow total, ending 4 p.m. Friday.
Cliff Mass

Snow in the lowlands may snarl Friday's morning commute, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“Models are still suggesting that there will be extensive lowland snow on Friday morning, between roughly 1 to 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, on his weather blog.

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Amber Alert
1:47 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Kennewick Teen

Elizabeth Romero

UPDATE: The Amber Alert was canceled on Tuesday, Dec. 10 after the girl was found safe in Mexico. 

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen in Kennewick, Washington.

Elizabeth Romero is believed to be with a 19-year-0ld man named Edwardo Flores Rosales, and traveling in a green Ford Escape model from the early 2000s.

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Then and Now
5:01 am
Thu December 5, 2013

80 Years after Repeal Day, How Wash. State's Cocktail Culture Has Changed

J. Aronson Liquor sign ca. 1916.
Courtesy MOHAI

It was 80 years ago on Dec. 5 that Prohibition ended. But in Washington state, restrictions on alcohol were around long after Prohibition was repealed, and some remain in effect even today.

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privacy & technology
1:58 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Why Google Glass Makes Some People Uneasy in This Digital Age

File image
Google/AP Photo

Where do we draw the line when it comes to infringing on each other’s privacy?  That’s the question at the center of a controversy involving a diner recently kicked out of a Seattle restaurant for refusing to remove his Google Glass.

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life on two wheels
2:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fremont Bridge Seeing More Bike Traffic, But Is It a Trend?

Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle’s Fremont Bridge has seen an uptick in bike traffic, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Weekly totals of two-wheeled travelers jumped 28 percent in October and November compared to the same time last year, data recorded by the bridge’s bike counter shows.

SDOT’s Craig Moore said it’s hard to pinpoint a cause of the growth in ridership, but the recent dry stretch likely played a role.

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gun violence
2:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide

Paula Wissel KPLU

Children who live in homes with an unlocked gun are nine times more likely to commit suicide, according to data compiled by Public Health – Seattle & King County between 1999 and 2012. The same data, released Monday, shows more than 5,000 of the county’s children live in homes with an unlocked firearm.

In response to the new findings, King County has launched the Safe Storage Saves Lives campaign through which ten local and national retailers will offer discounts on secure lockboxes, the county announced Monday.

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transportation package
11:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services

King County Metro Transit's Facebook Page

King County will take its own measures to save Metro Transit services if the state Legislature fails to pass a transportation package in time, said King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday.

“Let me be clear: this is not our first choice,” Constantine said of taking local measures.

But time is running out for state lawmakers to act, he said; the Legislature on Thursday missed its target day to take up a statewide transportation package. 

"It's not happening," Constantine said. 

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