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. 


Amber Alert
5:17 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Amber Alert Issued in Wash. for Boy, Teen Abducted in Calif.

An Amber Alert has been issued in Washington state for a boy and a teen girl who was abducted in San Diego County, California, and believed to be headed to Canada. 

Police say James DiMaggio, 40, took 8-year-old Ethan Anderson and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after allegedly murdering their mother. The woman's remains were found inside a burned-out house near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.

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Diversion du jour
2:07 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Camera Captures Birth of Baby Seal at Elliott Bay Marina

Elliott Bay Marina Harbormaster Brian Kaloper was walking to his office on Monday when he noticed something unusual on the G Dock: a harbor seal.

“It's kind of abnormal, because it’s a heavily walked dock,” said Kaloper.

Inside his office, Kaloper pulled up the surveillance camera aimed at the dock to take a closer look at the seal.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:51 am
Fri July 26, 2013

4 Reasons Why Seattle Has Best Summers in U.S.

The Seattle metro area recently topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S., and KPLU weather commentator Cliff Mass says he’s not surprised.

“We do have the best weather in the whole United States by almost any measure,” he says.

There are several reasons for this excellent weather, says Mass, and we can thank the Pacific Ocean for all of them.

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Seattle's Elbow Grease
10:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Seattle Named Hardest-Working City in U.S.

Jonathan Cooper

Take a break, Seattle! It looks like we've earned it.

Seattle topped the list of the hardest-working cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Wednesday by Movoto, a national real-estate blog.

Movoto considered seven different factors of “elbow grease”: average hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, employed workers per household, hours volunteered per year, lack of sleep, and cost of living.

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Seattle summer
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Seattle Tops List of Cities with Cool, Comfortable Summers

Doug Mahugh

Loathe sweltering summer heat? You’re in the right place.

The Seattle metro area topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S.

Research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces used average day and night temperatures and humidity to determine which cities had the coolest, most comfortable summers. Portland ranked second, and San Francisco took third.

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American held in North Korea
10:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

North Korean group releases video interview of held Lynnwood man

This image grab shows Kenneth Bae.

A North Korean media outlet has released footage of an interview with Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state.

In the undated footage released via CNN, Bae said he is mainly working in farm fields, but only for eight hours a day. Bae stated his handlers are “considerate, so I’m not working too hard."

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Seattle snobbish?
2:12 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Harumph! Seattle ranked 5th snobbiest city in U.S.

Alejandro De La Cruz Flickr

Does our love of coffee make us snobs, Seattle? How about our dedication to recycling? 

Yes and yes, according to the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine who took part in a survey ranking the snobbiest cities in the U.S. 

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Diversion du jour
2:23 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Watch: Harbor seal pups make public debut at Point Defiance

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s two newest harbor seal pups are ready to meet their fans.

The pups, who were born earlier this month, made their public debut on Friday. Hogan, a male harbor seal, was born on June 2 and was followed by his sister, Saya, who arrived on June 10.

The harbor seals are on exhibit in the Rocky Shores area of the aquarium. 

marijuana regulation
6:55 am
Fri June 21, 2013

In post-legalization haze, one pot dealer using Facebook for business

File image
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

As Washington state voters await clarification on what, exactly, legal marijuana will entail, one local pot dealer has taken to social media to connect with customers.

The state Liquor Control Board is working to draft a set of rules to regulate marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. And although producing and distributing non-medical pot is still prohibited, Seattle police have taken to admonishing dealers with strongly-worded letters.

In this new murky landscape, one veteran dealer has found a new way to alert his customers about new shipment: Facebook.

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coal debate gone awry
3:22 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Mr. McGinn goes to Washington, gets dealt bizarre blow

This screen capture shows Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn likely never saw it coming.

While testifying against proposed coal export terminals before a Congressional committee on Tuesday, McGinn found himself at the receiving end of a bizarre — and, at times, personal — attack.

On the offensive was U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, who boasts taking on “anti-coal zealots” on his website.

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fun with books
3:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch: Seattle Public Library tries to break record for longest book-domino chain

The Seattle Public Library says it has shattered the world record for the longest book-domino chain.

Two college students teamed up with the library to coordinate a winding chain of 2,131 books with the help of 27 volunteers who consumed 112 slices of pizza during the seven-hour process last Friday, according to the library.

The first four tries brought heartbreaking glitches, including the fourth try failing "about 10 books short of finishing", according to Amy Twito, the library's youth program manager. 

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daredevil photography
8:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Mystery man revealed: The daredevil behind the lens

Joseph Carnevale

As soon as Joseph Carnevale moved to Seattle, he began sizing up the Space Needle.  

“First day, we signed a lease, and drove over to the Space Needle and started looking at it,” said Carnevale.

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driving in the northwest
10:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Poll: Wash. drivers more likely to leave note than Ore. drivers

Do you leave a note if you hit an unattended car?

Washington drivers are more likely to leave a note than their Oregon counterparts, according to a new poll conducted by PEMCO Insurance.

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Diversion du jour
9:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

How to play Macklemore's song using mostly household sounds

It turns out you already own just about everything you need to play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit song "Can't Hold Us Back".

A YouTube user named StonysWorld posted a video of his version of the song, which he recreated using various sounds around the house. The user does play a riff on his keyboard, but the rest of the song is carried by homemade sounds he adds by slamming doors, drumming on guard rails, and craftily timing the "ding!" of the microwave. 

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impacts of bridge collapse
4:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Worried shop owners hope state's PR plan saves peak season


State officials are working to spread the word: visitors can still reach businesses in the Northwest corner of the state in spite of the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the state Department of Commerce to release $150,000 for marketing and promotion efforts to help affected businesses. The state will work with local partners in Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties to develop a regional media plan to inform the public that area businesses and attractions are open and reachable by alternate routes and ferries.

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