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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Autism Art
4:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Once Shut in by Autism, Man Shares World through Photos

Forrest Sargent, right, communicates by pointing to letters on a letterboard.
Martha Kang KPLU News

For Forrest Sargent, a picture is worth a thousand words left unsaid. Sargent, 22, is autistic and unable to speak. He can communicate through a letterboard, but because the task requires training and patience, it limits his world to a very small circle.

So instead of telling others his thoughts, he shows them the world as he sees it, through his photos. 

Read his story on our companion site, Quirksee.org >>>

regulating marijuana
10:10 am
Wed September 4, 2013

State Liquor Board Announces Proposed Caps on Recreational Pot

AP Photos

The state of Washington can produce, at most 40 metric tons, or 2 million square feet, of marijuana per year, the state Liquor Control Board said in its revised proposed rules for recreational pot on Wednesday.  

A total of 334 pot stores will be allowed statewide, the board said, and each county will have its own cap.

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Driving in Seattle
10:44 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Allstate: Seattle's Drivers Worse than Portland's, Tacoma's

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle drivers aren’t exactly the best drivers, according to a new report by the insurance company Allstate.

The company reviewed its claims data to compile a list of cities based on driving performance.

Seattle’s drivers, with an average of 7.8 years between accidents, ranked 160th, having fallen six spots since last year. 

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uw ranking
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

UW Ranks High for 'Best Bang for Buck,' Public Good Contributions

University of Washington Visitors Center's Facebook Page

The University of Washington is one of the highest-rankings schools when it comes to contributions to the public good, according to the Washington Monthly.

The school is also one of the magazine’s top 20 picks on its “best bang for the buck” list.

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sounds of snails
9:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

This is What Snails Sound Like When They Eat

When snails chow down, they make some noise, says Washington snail farmer Ric Brewer.

We can hear the snails eating with their toothed tongue, as well as the “squoosh” of their slime, Brewer says. Here's his brief explanation, followed by the sounds of the snails themselves. 

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microquake
1:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

3.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Near Gig Harbor, Shakes Buildings

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Did you feel it?

A 3.6-magnitude quake hit Key Center, Wash., located across Henderson Bay from Gig Harbor, at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 

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Snail Whisperer
9:49 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Quilcene Snail Rancher Raising 'the Original Slow Food'

Ric Brewer

Ric Brewer spends his weekends hunched over his garden, tending to what he calls “the original slow food.”

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Diversion du jour
2:41 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Watch: Zoo Streaming Live Video from Baby Giraffe's Barn

Woodland Park Zoo

Remember Seattle’s tallest newborn who stole the city’s  heart on the day he was born?

Now you can watch the giraffe calf all day long.

Woodland Park Zoo has installed a camera inside the giraffe barn where the 6-feet-tall and his mother, Olivia, stay.

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stolen!
11:29 am
Thu August 15, 2013

‘Books on Bikes’ Seattle Librarian's Bike Stolen

Have you seen this bike?

Jared Mills is a Seattle librarian who pedals some 100 books around town in an aluminum trailer as part of the “Books on Bikes” program.

Except he no longer owns a bike.

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victim's voice
5:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sex-Trafficking Victim: 'I Had Nothing to Run to'

Nicole was 17 when she met the man who changed her life.

“I met a guy. He put the charms on me, and I fell for it,” she said.

Soon, Nicole found herself on the streets of Seattle and Tacoma, earning money for that same man as a sex worker. 

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striking photos
11:23 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Photos: Lightning Strikes Light Up Seattle and Beyond

Tim Durkan

Photographers in the Puget Sound area captured these striking images on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Here are a few by Seattle photographer Tim Durkan. 

Here's one from photographer Gary Deyo. 

Jim Stiles captured the lightning storm in the Cascade Mountains. "The raw power of Mother Nature!" he wrote.

    

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Longing for love
4:07 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Utility: Lone Osprey Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Seattle City Light

A lone osprey is looking for love in all the wrong places, namely a high-voltage transmission tower, according to Seattle City Light.

The male raptor has been nesting on the tower along the Duwamish River despite the utility’s attempts to shoo the bird to greener pastures. Nest-building material could catch ablaze or cause a short circuit, which might trigger outages or fatally injure the bird.

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Amber Alert
1:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Suspected Child Abductor Might Have Explosives

Authorities say a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old Southern California girl and triggering a multi-state Amber Alert might be armed with homemade explosives.

San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said Thursday that evidence recovered at James Lee DiMaggio's home east of San Diego suggests he might have fled with explosives.

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Seattle Lifestyle
11:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Rankings: Seattle One of Best for Child-Free Grownups, Dog Lovers

Seattle is one of the best places for child-free living, according to a new city.

Real Estate blog Estately ranked Seattle as the second best U.S. city for grownups without kids, but not without poking a little fun.

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Diversion du jour
10:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Watch: Meet the Tallest Baby in Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo

Say hello to the tallest baby in Seattle.

The baby giraffe was born at Woodland Park Zoo on Tuesday night. And less than two hours after coming into the world, the calf was already standing with his mom, 6-year-old Olivia, and stretching 5½ feet tall.

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