Before public radio reporter Anna King begins recording the narration for her stories, she pictures a loved one in her head.
Sometimes it’s a friend. Sometimes it’s a family member, like her almost 4-year-old niece Lily.
“I say, ‘Hey Lily, did you know about this?’ ” said King, who reports for Northwest News Network.
The exercise helps King sound more natural, like she’s talking to someone in particular instead of 1.6 million listeners across the region.
It also adds meaning, especially in the case of King’s Daughters of Hanford multimedia project, which includes radio pieces, accompanying portraits, an interactive website, geo-mapping application and museum exhibit. The project focuses on women with ties to the Hanford nuclear reservation, from Leona Woods Marshall Libby, who helped build the B Reactor, to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray — and King hopes it inspires girls like Lily to dream big.
The radio stories began rolling out earlier this year. The museum exhibit will open Aug. 1 at the Reach center in Richland, King and the other creators announced this week.
The Daughters team also unveiled a new musical theme composed by a pair of Walla Walla area musicians. It’s called Fission Phizz , and it’s available to download for free as a ringtone at www.daughtersofhanford.org. It also will accompany the radio pieces.
King, a former Tri-City Herald reporter, is working on Daughters with Doug Gast, an artist and associate professor of fine arts at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and Seattle photographer Kai-Huei Yau, who also formerly worked at the Herald.
Cellist Sally Singer Tuttle and pianist Kristin Vining composed the project’s musical theme.
It’s joyful, energetic, evoking a sense of experimentation and wonder.
“One of things that got me interested was that (the project) is celebrating women. And it’s a local story, local women,” Vining told the Herald. She also liked that she was collaborating with other women — Tuttle and King — to bring the musical theme to life, she said.
Northwest Public Radio and Washington State University Tri-Cities are presenting the Daughters project.
Phyllis Fletcher of the Northwest News Network is the editor.
King said it’s exciting to see Daughters gain momentum.
“It’s about women of Hanford and the hard work they’ve done and are doing. And about women in the future,” she said.
Like her niece Lily.
“Maybe (the project) helps kids find an interest in science, in communicating ideas,” she said. “That’s part of why I love it so much, why it’s in my heart.”
Her young niece is smart and inquisitive, and “I have to make a project that tells Lily she can be a scientist, she can be a journalist, she can be a senator.”
“She needs to know that early in her life,” King said.
To support the project, go to www.daughtersofhanford.org/support-the-project.