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These boots were made for fire: Reporter Anna King wins national award

Our Richland Correspondent Anna King's coverage of the Washington wildfires of 2015 has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ announced Friday.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize excellence in journalism produced 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."

The Sigma Delta Chi in breaking news is one of two national awards that recognize Anna's 2015 wildfire coverage. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation awarded Anna with the Gracie for crisis coverage, as well as naming her outstanding correspondent of the year in public radio.

Anna is also Washington State University Woman of the Year for 2016. Congratulations to her, and thank you to the public radio audience that supports her work.