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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surprise tiger cub birth
4:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Zoo's Sumatran tiger gives surprise birth to cub

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

No one at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium knew Jaya, the Sumatran tiger, was expecting.

So imagine their surprise when the 9-year-old tiger gave birth to a healthy cub Tuesday night.

Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the female cub is said to be healthy, as is the mom. 

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The final frontier
12:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

UW astronomer discovers alien planet that seems ideal for life

This undated handout artist concept provided by Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows the newly discovered planets named Kepler-62e and -f.
NASA

A  University of Washington astronomer has discovered an alien planet where life might flourish.

Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, found Kepler-62f, one of three so-called “Goldilocks” planets as a part of NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission. He co-authored the paper on the discoveries published in the journal Science Thursday.

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snapshots from space
2:36 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Photos: Seattle, as seen from space

Seattle looking nice in the sunshine.
Col. Chris Hadfield Canadian Space Agency

It appears the Seattle area is just as picturesque when seen from afar. 

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield has been wowing us Earthlings with snapshots of all corners of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station. 

And on Saturday, it was Seattle's turn to shine in the spotlight. Hadfield shared two photos of the Puget Sound area.

Science
9:00 am
Sat April 6, 2013

What happens if you cry in space?

Well, the tears don’t fall. And you’ll want a handkerchief, says Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.

“It just forms a ball on my eyes,” he says. “So if you keep crying, you’re just going to end up with a bigger and bigger ball of water in your eye.”

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aquarium news
12:41 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Seattle Aquarium event celebrates affectionate sea otters

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Mania series this begins weekend a celebration of its four sea otters: Lootas, Adaa, Aniak, and Sekiu.

The celebration involves a weekend of special talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids all focusing on the sea otters. 

The youngest sea otter, Sekiu, made quite a splash when she was born last year to Adaa and Aniak. During Sekiu’s early days, the public had a chance to witness first-hand the intimate bond that exists between the pup and her mother.

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Science & sound
5:15 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

UW physicist turns Planck data into hi-fi sound of Big Bang

This image released March 21, 2013 by the ESA and Planck Collaboration shows the afterglow of the Big Bang, the cosmic microwave background, as detected by the European Space Agency's Planck space probe.
ESA and the Planck Collaboration

Close your eyes, press the play button and travel back 14 billion years in time.

That’s the sound of the Big Bang, in high fidelity.

“It sort of sounds like what an airplane sounds like flying over your house in the middle of the night,” says University of Washington physics professor John Cramer who recreated the sound using cosmic microwave data. “A very low frequency that sort of builds up them falls off again.”

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Privacy in the digital era
6:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Can police use Google Earth images without warrant? They already do

Do law enforcement officials need a search warrant to use Google Earth images in a criminal investigation?

“It’s interesting to me that it’s worrisome to some people, because we’ve been doing this for some years,” says San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord.

But an Orcas Island court case now questions whether the practice should be allowed.

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cops & Marijuana legalization
6:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Online petition: Let Seattle cops use pot

Associated Press

An online petition urges Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to “let cops use pot.”

Ben Livingston, founder of Center for Legal Cannabis, started the Change.org petition which seeks 420 signatures. By late Thursday afternoon—several weeks after it was first posted, it had gathered 159 signatures.

Livingston, who says he’s been pushing for pot legalization since 1995, says his proposal is the natural next step for Washington, and he wants Seattle to lead the way.

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Planet Earth
11:10 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Watch: Best views of our planet, as seen from space in 2012

April is Earth Month, and NASA is celebrating by highlighting the planet’s prettiest poses and its most pressing issues in an interactive presentation online.

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NBA in Seattle
4:09 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hansen: More than 44,000 requests for full-season tickets

sonicsarena.com

Investor Chris Hansen says his group’s website has seen “stunning" interest from Seattleites who want to bring an NBA team to the city.

“We received requests for over 44,000 full season tickets, 268 suites and had 983 businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities,” he said, adding 32,000 of the requests for full-season tickets came within the first 24 hours after the priority ticket waitlist went live on sonicsarena.com.

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Diversion du jour
1:29 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

After 3 months, zoo's twin sloth bear cubs emerge from den

Just about everything is new to Woodland Park Zoo’s 3-month-old twin sloth bear cubs who took their first steps outside just days ago.

“Technically, their very first moments outside weren't steps at all, as they rode out from their den clinging to mom's back,” the zoo said on its blog. “Their feet didn't hit the ground until a minute later, when the sights and smells piqued their curiosity and they hopped down to check out their new surroundings.”

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Tracking Bertha
11:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle

WSDOT

Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, has finally arrived in Seattle's Elliott Bay.

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Things that smell funny
11:50 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Seattle's got jokes! Curious news, products announced

Finally, everything your rugged, outdoorsy kitty ever wanted.

The day seems to be filled with things you thought you’d never see.

And you wouldn’t be wrong at the Museum of Flight where Wonder Woman’s invisible plane is on display.

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Entertainment
10:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Should Seattle 'Jeopardy!' champ be next Trebek?

Ken Jennings is seen on "Jeopardy!"
Ken Jennings' Facebook page

Answer: This person is the obvious choice to succeed Alex Trebek as the host of “Jeopardy!”

The “obvious choice”, according to jenningsforjeopardy.com, is Ken Jennings, Seattle’s own record-setting “Jeopardy!” champ who won 74 straight games and more than $3 million (much of which Jennings says he spent on the “three essential T’s: taxes, tithing, and new widescreen TV”). He later faced off against IBM supercomputer Watson in a special "Jeopardy!" exhibition match.

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nature and wildlife
6:31 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Recovering from poisoning, bald eagles show incredible resilience

Dottie Tison West Sound Wildlife Shelter

When Mike Pratt first saw the six critically-ill bald eagles, he held out little hope.

“Several of the eagles were in very critical condition when we picked them up,” said Pratt, director of wildlife at West Sound Wildlife Shelter.

Pratt wasn’t even sure two of the birds would survive the drive from Olympia to Bainbridge Island, where the shelter is located. By the time they’d arrived, things had taken a turn for the worse.

“We thought one was dead,” said Pratt. “We had to give them medication to increase the heart(beat).”

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