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. 


zoo news
1:35 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'Severely endangered' red-crowned crane chick born at Seattle zoo

Dennis Dow Woodland Park Zoo

An endangered red-crowned crane chick has joined the Woodland Park Zoo family.

The male chick was born on May 13 to parents Niles and Maris, both 21-year-old cranes who were donated to Woodland Park by Japan’s Kobi Oji Zoo.

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rooftopping photographer
7:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Daredevil photographer posts photos taken at dizzying heights

Afraid of heights? This story might make you a bit queasy. 

A mysterious photographer is once again scaling some of Seattle's tallest buildings to capture photos from knee-weakening heights. 

A Reddit user named “shuttersubversive” posted a new round of photos on the website this week.

One of the images appears to have been taken from the top of the flagpole on the Space Needle. Another looks down from a tall building that sits next to the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of downtown.

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Marijuana legalization
3:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Five things you should know about the proposed marijuana rules

This is the official logo for state-licensed marijuana stores and products.
Liquor Control Board

The state Liquor Control Board on Thursday released a draft of rules proposed to help regulate legal marijuana. The 46-page document is filled with details relevant to those who plan to apply for a pot license.

Here are five things non-license seekers should know about the proposed rules:

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NBA in Seattle
3:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

NBA owners: Sacramento Kings to stay put

NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle. 

The 22-to-8 vote followed a recommendation made last month by the NBA's relocation committee and may have finally brought an end to an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years.

"This was not an anti-Seattle vote; this was a pro-Sacramento vote," said NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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Dog attacks
10:52 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Yikes! Seattle ranked 2nd worst city for dog attacks on mail carriers

It appears being a mail carrier in Seattle can be dangerous.

Seattle ranked second on a list of cities that saw the most dog attacks on mail carriers during the last fiscal last year, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

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3:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Survey: Americans 'so over' hipsters and their 'soullessly appropriate cultural tropes'

"Sadie joining the hipster revolution."
auztin Flickr

Sorry, hipsters. Americans are “so over” you—so much so that some think you should be subject to a special tax, according to the results of a new nationwide poll. 

The survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found just 16 percent of Americans view hipsters favorably. A whopping 42 percent hold an unfavorable view while 43 percent were undecided.

And 27 percent of voters found hipsters "so annoying" that they felt hipsters should have to pay an extra tax.

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Ways of the Wild
5:01 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Eagles return, drive entire colony of herons out of Kiwanis Ravine

A great blue heron is seen building a nest at Commodore Park.
Philip Maser Heron Habitat Helpers

The great blue heron is one of Washington’s most iconic birds, as is the bald eagle. Now, it seems eagle attacks on heron nests are driving herons to abandon the largest colony in Seattle. And volunteers are asking local residents to help them figure out where the herons have gone.

For more than a decade, Pam Cahn has monitored the dozens of heron nests at Kiwanis Ravine near Discovery Park in northwest Seattle. The volunteer citizen-scientist has kept track of eggs laid, chicks hatched and fledglings flown, then sent the data to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for record-keeping.

But Cahn says this season, eagles have wreaked havoc on the approximately 90 heron nests in Kiwanis Ravine.

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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

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.

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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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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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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