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The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a mammoth, 586-square-mile chunk of desert earth in southeast Washington state. It became a secret site for refining the plutonium needed for nuclear weapons during WWII and the Cold War. Now, Hanford is a boneyard of some of the earth’s nastiest chemicals and radioactive waste. Women have shaped Hanford’s history and they are actively involved with today’s cleanup. But their stories haven’t been told as often, or broadcast as loudly.In Daughters of Hanford, public radio correspondent Anna King, photographer Kai-Huei Yau and artist Doug Gast highlight the underrepresented women’s perspectives of the nuclear site in twelve radio pieces and complementary portraits. The Daughters interactive art exhibition in installed at The REACH in Richland, Washington through August 2016.

Public Radio Richland Correspondent Wins Two Gracies

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Anna King and Craig Vejraska traveled up into the high mountains outside of Omak to search for his cattle amid the fires.

Our Richland Correspondent Anna King has won two Gracie Awards, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced Monday. Anna has won the Gracie for outstanding correspondent and the Gracie for crisis coverage in the award's public radio division.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry.

Anna won the Gracie for crisis coverage in recognition of her wildfire reports in 2015. Anna reported from areas near Omak, Wenatchee, Twisp and Walla Walla, bringing memorable sights and sounds to our audience: apples baked on the tree, ranchers looking for their cattle through thick smoke, and women rescuing their horses and caravaning them to safety. Anna filed her stories from the field and appeared on regional and national shows including "The Record," "Think Out Loud," "All Things Considered," "Here & Now," "The Takeaway" and "To the Point."

Anna's Outstanding Correspondent Gracie recognizes her body of work from December 2014 through November 2015. In addition to her live reports from the wildfires during that time Anna covered an outbreak of avian flu, a milky rain that fell in eastern Washington, a dam explosion, a deadly police shooting, and the history of women and the Hanford nuclear reservation in her "Daughters of Hanford" series and multimedia installation.

On Tuesday Anna will be presented with the Woman of the Year award from Washington State University in Pullman.

Again, Anna: Congratulations.