Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) 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 is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. 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.
The battle continues to contain dozens of large wildfires burning across the Northwest. Firefighters are hoping for a break in the weather this weekend ...
Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen traveled to China last year and touted a company that's now at the center of a federal fraud investigation.
Audio recordings obtained through public records reveal the Patrol’s Executive Protection Unit is concerned about protecting Gov. Jay Inslee politically — at least when it comes to driving him in a gas-guzzling SUV.
A move to change the May 24 primary date to March 8, just a week after the round of "Super Tuesday" primaries across the country, failed to get the two-thirds vote required by the Presidential Primary Date Selection Committee.
The frontlines of child protection in Washington are about to get a boost. The new state budget funds more than 40 new caseworker positions.
One of the most prominent guitar makers in the country unknowingly purchased poached bigleaf maple taken from a national forest in southwest Washington state.
State lawmakers from around the country will descend on Seattle the week of August 3 for a national legislative summit.
The state of Washington is on a hiring spree for forensic psychologists. They're needed to help address a backlog of mentally ill jail inmates whose...
Backers of a crowdfunding project from 2012 say they're suddenly receiving the product they were promised.
Washington's Attorney General has won a $55,000 judgment against the backer of a Kickstarter campaign that failed to deliver.
The state of Washington is under a federal court order to address the issue of mentally ill inmates languishing in jail. But the problem has actually...
The PTSD and TBI provision is part of a sweeping overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana industry. The aim of the new law is to regulate medical cannabis under the state’s recreational pot system.
It was a record-long legislative session in Washington. But the number of bills that actually became law was quite few – comparatively.
Before they left town, Washington lawmakers approved a nearly $4 billion capital construction budget. That includes $130 million in member-requested...
The death of his prized horse has a Washington state lawmaker warning about a noxious weed that's spreading in the Northwest.
Tuesday, Washington state suspended a recent voter-approved measure intended to limit class sizes.