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. 


Arts and culture
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

At WSU, an ex-cigarette machine that sells art


Washington State University now has its own cigarette machine, but it doesn't sell smokes.

Instead, the Art-o-mat vends artworks at $5 each. The machine aims to make art more accessible and affordable.

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population growth
3:24 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NOAA: Coastal population boom increases hazard risks


A population boom along the U.S. coastline threatens to put residents at increased risk in case of an extreme storm that heavily damages infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Latest census data states 123 million Americans, or 39 percent, live along the coast. And growth trends indicate that number will balloon to nearly 134 million people — a growth of 8 percent — by 2020.

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zoo news
11:51 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Meet Woodland Park Zoo's new triplet jaguar cubs

Meet the new triplet jaguar cubs of Woodland Park Zoo.

The three babies were born on Friday in what was the zoo’s first successful jaguar birth in nearly two decades.

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Diversion du jour
9:27 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Watch: Orphaned polar bear cub adjusting to life at Alaska Zoo

Meet Kali, an orphaned polar bear cub being cared for at the Alaska Zoo.

With his yet-too-big paws and seemingly-insatiable curiosity, Kali gives us a look at the innocent side of the majestic bears.

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Business and labor
1:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing to lay off 800 local machinists, shrink workforce

Associated Press

The Boeing Co. will lay off approximately 800 local workers in the Puget Sound area as part of a larger plan to reduce local headcount by 2,000 to 2,300 people, the company said Friday.

Spokesman Doug Alder said affected employees are machinists who handle refurbishment and change incorporation — implementing necessary post-production updates — to the 787 and the 747-8 models.

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10:38 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Watch: Mesmerizing time-lapse video of northern lights

The skies over Alaska lit up with “one of the best displays (of the northern lights) seen in recent memory” last Saturday, according to the photographer who captured it.

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5:51 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

How healthy is your county? Best and worst of Wash. state

This map outlines the health-outcome rankings of counties in Washington state.
University of Wisconsin Population Heath Institute

Kittitas County is the healthiest county in Washington state, according to an annual report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released this week.

The report is based on a variety of health-related measures of life quality, including the rate of death before age 75, income, high school graduation rate, air and water quality, smoking rate, and obesity.

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10:32 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Wash. state has highest Alzheimer's death rate in U.S.

National Vital Statistics System

Washington state has the highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., according to data released this week by the National Vital Statistics System. 

At 46.3 deaths per 100,000 people, the state’s death rate for the year 2010 far exceeded the national rate of 25.1 deaths per 100,000.

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home sweet home
12:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Seattle among 'best cities for young entrepreneurs'

Doug Mahugh

Seattle has been named one of the best places for young entrepreneurs to set up shop.

Readers of the website ranked Seattle as the tenth best large-city home for a new company.

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notable locals
3:55 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Seattle's own Macklemore: 'Don't let being gay hold you back'

Seattle’s own music sensation Macklemore has a message: “Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you’re straight, do not hold others back.”

Macklemore delivered the message in a video posted on, a website that promotes respect for all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation.

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affordable housing
6:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In Wash., 2 full-time min. wage jobs to afford 2-bedroom rental

The map shows the number of hours needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in each state.
National Low Income Housing Coalition

A minimum-wage earner must work two full-time jobs year-round to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Washington state, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

To afford $966 — the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the state, the study found a minimum-wage earner must work 81 hours per week ­– or two minimum-wage earners in the same household must work full-time — to avoid spending more than 30 percent of income on housing.

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Diversion du jour
6:30 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Meet Mo, Oregon Zoo's river otter pup

Meet Mo, the newest river otter pup at the Oregon Zoo.

Zoo officials on Friday announced the North American river otter’s name and released video of his latest checkup.

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Local Arts
1:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Last call for artworks to adorn vacant storefronts

"Somewhere out there" by Ryan Everson will be on display at the Publix Hotel 504 5th Ave. S. through this summer.
Storefronts Seattle

A nonprofit arts group is looking for art installations to feature around town. 

Storefronts, a program which showcases artworks in empty storefronts, is accepting applications for the year.

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NHL in Seattle
1:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Hansen shows off arena design for hockey use

Investor Chris Hansen says the proposed arena for Seattle's next NBA team will be an "even better building for hockey."

Hansen on Thursday released preliminary design renderings that show how his planned arena would accommodate an NHL team.

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