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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essentially ellington
7:55 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Roosevelt High jazz band places 3rd at Essentially Ellington festival

Ben Henwood Rooseveltjazz.org

Seattle's own Roosevelt High School's jazz band took third place at the prestigious Essentially Ellington festival in New York this weekend. 

The Tucson Jazz Institute placed first, and Jazz House Kids of Montclair, New Jersey came in second. 

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essentially ellington
5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Three area high school jazz bands competing in prestigious festival

This image shows a jam session held in the Allen Room of the Lincoln Center on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Essentially Ellington's Facebook page

Three area high schools jazz bands are in New York this weekend to compete in the 18th annual Essentially Ellington Festival, the most prestigious high school jazz band competition in the country. 

Edmonds-Woodway High School, as well as bands from Seattle's Garfield and Roosevelt high schools are among the 15 national finalists from across the U.S. and Canada. 

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NBA in Seattle
12:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

With NBA's final decision looming, Hansen ups bid

Chris Hansen is seen in this photo.
sonicsarena.com

With Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson already celebrating his city’s victory in the bid to keep the Kings in town, Chris Hansen and his Seattle-based investment group upped the ante on Friday.

Hansen said his group has raised the proposed purchase price for the franchise by $75 million, bringing the total to $625 million “in an effort to further demonstrate the extent of our commitment to bring basketball back.” The group also guaranteed to the league that the franchise would be a revenue sharing payer, Hansen said.

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May day riot
5:04 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle police want your photos, video of May Day riot

A Seattle Police officer shoves his baton at a protester during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in downtown Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle police are asking the public for photos and video clips taken during this year’s May Day riot.

“Detectives have begun the long, difficult task of investigating the violence, vandalism, and other nastiness which marred this year’s otherwise peaceful May Day rallies,” police said.

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Wildfires
12:05 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Roads remain closed as crews gain handle on C-Line fire

The C-Line fire is seen burning on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews were gaining a handle on the wildfire burning in the Capitol State Forest Tuesday.

At noon, the C-Line fire was at 70 percent containment at 80 acres, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Several roads and trails shut down by the blaze were to remain closed at least until the end of the day (see full list of closures).

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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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