Olympia Correspondent, Northwest News Network
Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
Since 2004, Austin has covered Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington state Legislature. He also host of TVW's Emmy-nominated public affairs program, Inside Olympia. Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise.
Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Austin is a graduate of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.
A panel of lawmakers is set to hear about ongoing challenges to Washington state's Medicaid program.
Next week, a panel of Washington state lawmakers will hear from experts on ways to improve jail conditions and reduce the jail population.
News | Environment | NW Life | local | AnimalsNorthwest News Network | Nov. 21, 2016 7 p.m.
Under Washington’s wolf management plan, the trigger for so-called “lethal action” is when a wolf pack attacks livestock four or more times in a year.
Disabled inmates are suffering from discrimination and isolation in Washington jails. That’s the finding of a report out Wednesday from Disability Rights Washington.
What happens when someone who's not supposed to have a gun lies about their background and tries to buy one?
Washington state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, is being remembered as a social liberal who was a friend to rural Washington.
The decision to stop calling Washington state prison inmates "offenders" is not sitting well with a group of Republican state senators.
News | Election | Politics | Nation | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 10:08 a.m.
In this episode, host Geoff Norcross, OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins wrap up the 2016 election and discuss the role of the urban/rural divide in the Pacific Northwest.
If the presidential race was a stunner, Washington state’s elections were not. Gov. Jay Inslee cruised to re-election as expected. And there were no upsets further down the ballot either.
Three incumbent Washington Supreme Court justices appear headed to easy reelection.
Washington prison inmates will no longer be called "offenders." The Secretary of Corrections made that announcement in an all-staff message Tuesday.
News | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Nov. 2, 2016 4:30 p.m.
First they called for her resignation. Now the Republican leaders of the Washington House and Senate are calling for the suspension of the director of the state’s campaign finance watchdog.
The lead budget writer in the Washington state Senate has died of lung cancer at age 54. Republican Andy Hill's family announced his death Tuesday.
Negative ads work. That's why political campaigns air them. But these days figuring out who's funding them can be like unraveling a mystery.
A new white paper by the Washington state attorney general’s office finds the state’s system of conducting background checks for gun purchases to be fragmented, complex and inconsistent.
Election | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 25, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Bill Gates and Steve and Connie Ballmer are among a growing list of wealthy Washingtonians who want to change the makeup of Washington’s Supreme Court.
News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2016 5:18 p.m.
A political action committee largely funded by three wealthy Washingtonians has unleashed a hard-hitting attack on a state Supreme Court justice up for re-election.
A trio of wealthy Washingtonians has just put $350,000 into an effort to defeat a sitting state Supreme Court justice. Their target is Charlie Wiggins who’s been on the court since 2011.