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Olympia Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Austin Jenkins

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.

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Recent Articles

Election | Politics | local | News

Checks Rolling Into Washington Coffers Before Election Day

Northwest News Network | Oct. 18, 2017 8:45 a.m.

With Election Day less than a month away, money is pouring into Washington state political action committees. Much of that cash will likely find its way...

Health | local | News

These Parents Used 'Joel's Law' To Get Their Son Involuntarily Committed

Northwest News Network | Oct. 13, 2017 9:27 p.m.

In the living room of her Olympia home, Crystal opens up a large file box that contains her son's life history. "As a mom you keep those shot records...

local | News

Gun Theft At Cabela's Triggers Prosecution Under Background Check Law

Northwest News Network | Oct. 5, 2017 8:45 a.m.

A case involving the alleged theft of a .22 rifle from a Cabela’s outdoor store in Lacey, Washington, by a man named Terry Lee Hadley, Jr. is coming to light.

Politics | local | News

9th Circuit To Hear Challenge To Washington's Background Check Law

Northwest News Network | Oct. 2, 2017 10:45 a.m.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge Monday to Washington's voter-approved background check law for person-to...

Health | Politics | local | News

Uncertainty Plagues Washington's Individual Health Insurance Market

Northwest News Network | Sept. 24, 2017 12:45 p.m.

People who buy individual health insurance in Washington state can expect another round of rate hikes next year.

Business | local | News

Should Washington Allow Home Grows Of Recreational Cannabis?

Northwest News Network | Sept. 18, 2017 7:07 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Washington is the only state with legal cannabis that doesn't allow home grows. There have been efforts to change that in recent years.

Politics | local | News

Why Equipping Police With Body Cameras Is Not As Easy As It Seems

Northwest News Network | Sept. 18, 2017 8:15 a.m.

It seems so simple. Equip police officers with body cameras to record their interactions with the public. But it turns out it’s actually quite complicated.

Politics | local | News

Media Outlets File Lawsuit Against Washington Lawmakers

Northwest News Network | Sept. 12, 2017 3 p.m.

Several media outlets, including public radio, have filed an open records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature.

Business | Politics | local | News

'Lie And Try' To Buy A Gun In Washington? New Law Requires Dealer To Report You

Northwest News Network | Sept. 11, 2017 8 a.m.

Guns and domestic violence are a deadly combination. Now domestic violence survivors in Washington can find out if their abusers illegally attempt to...

Politics | local | News

Nuclear Attack, Immigration Enforcement On Washington Lawmaker Agendas

Northwest News Network | Sept. 11, 2017 7:30 a.m.

The threat of a nuclear attack, immigration enforcement and paying by the mile to drive are all on the agenda as Washington state lawmakers hold meetings this week.

News | local | Education

Ex-Employee Accuses GET Pre-Paid Tuition Program Of Mismanagement

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 5:46 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

As Washington state prepares to reopen its popular pre-paid college tuition program, a recently terminated employee is alleging "gross mismanagement."

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Business | Politics | Environment

WDFW Loses Hatchery Contract Due To 'Sexualized Culture'

Northwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2017 7 a.m.

After 50 years, Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer operate the Wells Hatchery on the Columbia River near Pateros.

local | News

'Sexualized Culture' Investigation At WDFW Leads To Firings

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2017 9:36 a.m.

Four Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employees were fired this month after an investigation found an “extremely sexualized culture” at a fish hatchery on the Columbia River.


After Alleged Rape, Investigation Reveals Sexualized Culture At Washington State Agency

Northwest News Network | Aug. 8, 2017 10:15 a.m.

A former deputy director at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is awaiting trial on charges he broke into the home of a coworker and raped her while she slept.

Election | Politics | local | News

Washington State Tells DOJ Voter Rolls Are 'Accurate'

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Washington state’s voter rolls are “accurate,” and the state follows federal election laws. That’s the message Washington Director of Elections, Lori Augino, is sending to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Politics | local | News

Lockdown Lifted At Washington State Capitol Campus

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2017 10:48 a.m.

Heavily armed police officers found no evidence Wednesday morning of an active shooter on the Washington State Capitol Campus following reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots.

Politics | local | News

Washington Sues Union, Accusing Unreported Political Contributions

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2017 6:06 p.m.

The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.

Nation | Politics | local | News

Jay Inslee's Trump Blasts Are A Warm-Up For 2018

Northwest News Network | July 9, 2017 10:45 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has emerged as a fierce critic of President Donald Trump. The Democrat has hit the cable news circuit and blasted the president over immigration, health care, climate change.

Business | Politics | local | News

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Vetoes Plan To Give All Manufacturers The Boeing Tax Rate

Northwest News Network | July 7, 2017 4:30 p.m.

In a move certain to anger Republicans, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed a tax break for manufacturers that lawmakers passed last week as part of a budget deal to avoid a July 1 government shutdown.

Politics | NW Life | local | News

Washington State Will Guarantee Paid Family, Medical Leave

Northwest News Network | July 5, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Beginning in 2020, workers in Washington will be eligible for paid family and medical leave through a new state program funded by employee and employer contributions.