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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Wildfires
4:39 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Wildfire Awareness Week begins with 2 blazes burning in W. Wash.

The Dog Mountain fire is seen burning on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Wildfire Awareness Week began Monday with record-breaking heat and crews working to contain two blazes that broke out over the weekend in Western Washington.

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May Day Riot
4:16 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Anarchists launch fundraising campaign to help Bill's, Sun Liquor

The smashed glass door of Sun Liquor is seen in this photo.
Aaron Hushagen

Anarchists have launched a fundraising campaign in an effort to help pay for the damages two Capitol Hill businesses incurred during this year’s May Day riot.

The campaign, called “Smash the State: Just Not Bill’s,” says its aim is to be “mending fences (or more accurately, windows), within the community,” specifically Bills Off Broadway and Sun Liquor, both of which were vandalized during the anti-capitalism march.

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hometown bragging rights
10:17 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Safeco named stadium with best craft beer selection

drburtoni Flickr

Cheers, Mariners fans!

Safeco Field “takes the cake” as the stadium with the best craft beer selection of them all, according to a new ranking by thedailymeal.com.

“The ballpark is actually known nationally for its reputation as a good place to watch baseball and drink good beer,” said the website. 

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May Day 2013
4:05 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

What Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks encountered on May Day

Phoenix Jones and a sidekick are seen talking to marchers on May Day 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When mayhem broke out late May Day, Phoenix Jones and his wife were having dinner at a restaurant.

Jones, having attended earlier events with his sidekicks, had thought the day would end peacefully.

“All of a sudden, the phone trips and there’s a riot going on,” he said.

Jones and his wife, also a self-claimed superhero who goes by Purple Reign, rushed to the car to suit up, then hit the streets. Reign was in full costume, but Jones only had on his bulletproof vest instead of his full signature garb.  

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May day riot
1:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Anarchist website to May Day vandals: Ditch evidence, don't brag

Protesters react as a police flash-bang grenade goes off during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police lies on the ground next to police batons, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in downtown Seatt
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

In the wake of another violent May Day riot in Seattle, an anarchist website has posted some “cautionary tips” for protesters: get rid of evidence, and don’t brag.

“Do not keep the clothes you wore at the demonstration tonight!” said a post on pugetsoundanarchists.org. “Similarly, do not keep any other instrument you used to commit a crime.”

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May Day Riot
12:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

At least 17 arrested as 'anti-capitalism' rally turns violent

Aaron Hushagen

At least 17 protesters were arrested and eight officers injured Wednesday as an "anti-capitalism" May Day march took a violent turn, first on Capitol Hill then in downtown Seattle. 

Vandals shattered the glass door of Sun Liquor, at 512 East Pike, around 7 p.m. before heading downtown, hurling metal pipes and rocks at cars and police, shoving camera crews and setting off flares along the way. 

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May Day events
7:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

No show of violence as thousands gather for May Day rally, march

A speaker is seen addressing the crowd at Judkins Park.
Justin Steyer

A planned rally and march for workers and immigration reform progressed without interruptions by anarchists Wednesday, easing fears of another violent May Day.

Thousands of people gathered at Judkins Park, behind St. Mary's Church, for the Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights at 1 p.m. Several unions were present, as were some representatives of the Occupy movement. Many people were displaying the flags of U.S. and Mexico, as well as signs urging comprehensive immigration reform. 

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bicycling in washington
12:02 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

For sixth straight year, Washington named most bike-friendly state

ebis50 Flickr

Here’s some good news on the first day of National Bike Month: Washington leads the nation as the most bike-friendly state!

This is the sixth straight year Washington has topped the ranking determined by The League of American Bicyclists.

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May Day Events
3:27 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

May Day events planned in Seattle, Olympia

A number of events are planned for May Day in Seattle and Olympia. The interactive map above and the timeline below list the planned rallies and marches.

Red markers on the map denote starting or ending points of planned marches. Blue markers indicate sites of planned rallies. Green markers denote places where notable events took place on May Day 2012. (View full-size map

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hurricane in space
12:54 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

NASA captures stunning image of giant hurricane on Saturn

The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

What looks like a “deep red rose of giant proportions” is actually a huge hurricane on Saturn’s north pole, says NASA.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn for nine years, captured this image of the storm at the center of the planet’s north pole. The red tint indicates low clouds while the green hue indicates high clouds, thanks to a special filter.

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Sweets in space
11:43 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dessert in space: Not so bad!

“The food’s not so bad,” says Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield shared video of himself enjoying a post-lunch dessert of chocolate pudding cake and coffee.

Hadfield let the cake float out of its container in the gravity-free space before chasing after it a la Homer Simpson

big pizza pie in the sky
11:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Photos: Spectacular full moon over Seattle and beyond

Tim Durkan

Did you catch the full moon last night? 

Lucky for us, some of our talented friends stayed up late to catch the spectacular sight. 

Seattle in the spotlight
10:10 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Seattle edges out Portland, named most-liked U.S. city

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Editor's note: The poll on which this story is based was taken in 2012. No such poll has been taken in 2013. 

Maybe it's the natural beauty that surrounds the city. Or the cultural diversity that enriches it. Or maybe it's those Seattle summer days that resemble perfection, or the winter weekends that ski bums look forward to all year long.

Perhaps for all these reasons, Seattle has topped the list of most-liked U.S. cities, according to a nationwide Public Policy Polling survey.

The poll found 57 percent of those polled see Seattle favorably, and 14 percent unfavorably. Portland, which ranked second, earned 52 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

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Diversion du jour
9:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

'We didn't see this one coming!': Surprise birth of porcupette at zoo

Say hello to Woodland Park Zoo’s first-ever porcupette.

“We have to admit: we didn’t see this one coming!” said the zoo in announcing the baby porcupine’s birth.

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driving in Seattle
11:23 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Report: Seattle drivers spending less time in traffic this year

Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Good news, Seattle drivers: we’re spending less time sitting in traffic this year.

In 2012, Seattle ranked eighth on the list of the most congested U.S. cities with drivers spending an average of 35 hours a year in gridlock, according to the annual Scorecard report.  

This year, that time has dropped by 11 percent, even as congestion rose by 4 percent nationwide. According to the latest numbers, 61 of the top 100 most congested cities have seen more delays. Boston, the tenth most gridlocked city in 2012, saw a 31 percent spike in traffic congestion.

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