Team & Partners

Daughters of Hanford is a collaboration between Northwest News Network correspondent Anna Kingfreelance photographer Kai-Huei Yau, and Washington State University artist Doug Gast. Assistance was provided by Washington State University Tri-Cities Digital Technology and Culture student interns Joe Jensen, Monique Van Sant and Saffy Kleppin.

TEAM Principles


Anna King 

Anna covers everything from cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to devastating mudslides and backwater rodeos for the Northwest News Network [N3]. N3 is a news collaboration between 12 stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho serving more than a million listeners. Anna is Washington State University’s 2016 Woman of the Year. Her journalism has been recognized with the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi medal and with two Gracie Awards, which recognize realistic and faceted portrayals of women.

Kai-Huei Yau

Kai is a photographer and communications specialist for Vertafore, a software company based in the Seattle area. He flies across the country for his work to document and promote the software firm. A former newspaper photojournalist, Kai was honored with the regional Associated Press’ Cowles Cup for his portrait photography and a Best of Photojournalism Honorable Mention in the National Press Photographer’s Association's international annual contest, both in 2013.

Doug Gast

Doug is an artist and an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Degree Program at Washington State University Tri-Cities.  His projects take the form of videos, films, images, websites, sculptures, performances, and installations. Doug’s works have been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.


Project Editor

Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis is Northwest News Network's Managing Editor. Her work has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award, two Gracies, two UNITY Awards, two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Sigma Delta Chi medal.


Historical Research

David Bolingbroke

David conducted background research for the Daughters of Hanford story on Leona (Woods) Marshall Libby. David is a second-year history Ph.D. student from Reno, Nevada, working with Dr. Jeffrey Sanders. His research focuses on environmental history in the American West. David graduated with a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.A. from Utah State University.



Renée Smith

Renée volunteered for Daughters of Hanford as a project coordinator for the REACTOR FACTOR Kids’ Day event on Aug. 1, 2015. She continues to volunteer with Daughters on various communications-centered projects. Renée’s professional background has focused on higher education and most of her volunteer activities have been with arts organizations and educational programs.



Joe Jensen

Joe was a design, reporting and photography intern who worked on Daughters of Hanford. He studied at Washington State University Tri-Cities, majoring in Digital Technology and Culture and keeping a GPA of 3.75. Joe worked in the marketing department at W.S.U. Tri-Cities as a web and graphic design intern.

HEAD Joey Jensen

Monique Van Sant

Monique is a third generation daughter of Hanford and a student at Washington State University Tri-Cities majoring in Digital Technology and Culture. She has created graphic designs for the Daughters of Hanford. Monique works as a freelance web and graphic designer.

HEAD Monique Van Sant

Saffy Kleppin

Saffy is a Professional Writing student at Washington State University Tri-Cities working on Daughters of Hanford. She's a junior majoring in Professional and Rhetorical Writing (English) and minoring in Digital Technology and Culture. Saffy also works in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at WSU Tri-Cities as the graphic designer.

HEAD Pearl Kleppin

Marisa Quirk

Marisa graduates in 2016 from Seattle University with a communications degree. She also has five years of experience working with kids in a variety of different art classes for the Allied Arts Association in Richland, Wash. Marisa helped organize, plan and develop communications materials for Daughters' Reactor Factor Kids Day event on Aug. 1, 2015, that drew more than 200 children and visitors to The REACH in Richland.





Introductory Music

Composed by Sally Singer Tuttle and Kristin Vining

Recorded by Michael Simon of Coffee Ring Studios



Melvyn J. Simburg

Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard & Purdy, LLP