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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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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Election 2013
5:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

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recall
11:43 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Crunch Pak Recalls Apple Slices Due to Listeria Concerns

Crunch Pak

Washington company Crunch Pak has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of packaged apple slices due to listeria concerns.

The Cashmere, Wash.-based company recalled six of its products Thursday after a single random sample tested positive for listeria in a test conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been reported, the company said.

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We're #1!
5:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Seattle Named Smartest City in North America

Tim Durkan

Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.

Seattle topped the magazine’s list of smartest cities in North America. The ranking is based on a number of categories, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.

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boeing package
12:09 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Inslee: 49 Governors Will Call Boeing if Wash. Loses Deal

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Washington state has everything to lose with its aerospace industry and therefore must move fast to appease Boeing, said Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday morning.

“We have been fortunate like few other states, communities on the planet in having a vigorous aerospace industry here. There are 49 governors that will be calling Boeing if, in fact, this deal doesn’t go through,” Inslee said.

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marijuana licenses
5:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What You Should Know about Applying for a State Pot License

Associated Press

This month, the state Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses. State officials on Monday released details about the application process. Here are four things you should know:

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wind storm
3:18 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Wind Storm Wreaks Havoc in Western Washington

"Quite blustery at Greenlake earlier today–you could almost lean in to the wind. Huge waves!" says Bellamy Pailthorp.

A gusty wind storm whipped into western Washington Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and leaving some 150,000 area residents without power.

Early Saturday afternoon, Puget Sound Energy reported some 105,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 1,000 outages, half of them in Northern King County. By Sunday morning, power had been restored to all but 9,500 customers as a result of 60 outages in King and Kitsap counties. 

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meth labs
10:20 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Pierce County Among Top 10 in U.S. for Number of Meth Sites

This screen grab shows CNN's interactive map. Click on the link below to explore the map.
CNN

Washington’s Pierce County is among the top 10 in the U.S. for the number of contaminated meth lab sites found in the past eight years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

CNN created an interactive map which reflects data collected by the DEA's National Clandestine Laboratory Register between 2004 and 2012. The data includes all meth incidents including found labs, dumpsites, and seizures of chemicals and glassware.

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Diversion du jour
2:39 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Woodland Park Zoo's Baby Giraffe Now Has a Name

Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle’s tallest baby now has a name.

The name of Woodland Park Zoo’s 7-week-old baby giraffe is (drumroll, please...) Misawa. 

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Business
10:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Bob B. Brown

With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.

The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.

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the lives of women
6:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Wash. State One of 10 Most Women-Friendly States in U.S.

The map is a screen grab of an interactive map created by the Center for American Progress.

Good news, women of Washington!

Washington state is one of 10 best places for women to live in the U.S., according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

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energy efficiency
1:07 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington, D.C.-based research group. 

The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.

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labor dispute
9:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging

WSDOT

The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.

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employment
1:34 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Seattle Metro Area Ranks 1st for New Jobs, 2nd for Wage Growth

Jonathan Cooper

It appears the going is good for the working man in the Puget Sound area. 

The Seattle metro area saw the most new jobs last month, and the second largest wage growth in recent years in spite of the financial crisis, according to new reports.

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