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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

NW Life | Fish & Wildlife | News | local

Cyber Hack Shuts Down Hunting, Fishing License Sales In 3 Northwest States

Northwest News Network | Aug. 26, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Online fishing and hunting license sales have now been suspended in Washington, Oregon and Idaho following a hacking incident.

Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Washington Fishing, Hunting License Sales Suspended After Cyber Breach

Northwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2016 5:31 p.m.

The sale of all hunting and fishing licenses in Washington state has been temporarily suspended because of a cybersecurity breach.

local | Environment | News

Lawyers For Oso Slide Victims Allege Evidence Fraud

Northwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2016 5:25 p.m.

Lawyers for victims of the deadly 2014 Oso landslide say the state of Washington has engaged in a "shocking" cover-up to hide evidence.

NW Life | Election | News | local | Politics | Business | Election 2016

Teachers, Realtors Top List Of Washington's Largest Political Action Committees

Northwest News Network | Aug. 22, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Unionized teachers and realtors boast the largest political action committees in Washington state this election year. Both PACs have raised more than $2 million.

Politics | Election | News | local | Election 2016

18 Years Out Of Power, Washington GOP Hopes To Win Control Of Legislature

Northwest News Network | Aug. 11, 2016 3:57 p.m.

It's been 18 years since Republicans last controlled both chambers of the Washington legislature. They're hoping 2016 is the year they can reclaim the majority.

Politics | News | local

Washington Debt Collectors Give Big To Senate Republicans

Northwest News Network | Aug. 10, 2016 2:46 p.m.

Washington Republicans are working hard this election cycle to hold onto their slim majority in the state Senate. And they're getting some help from a...

NW Life | News | local

State Audit Questions No-Bid Contract For Washington State Patrol Radio Upgrade

Northwest News Network | Aug. 8, 2016 6:45 p.m.

The state auditor’s office is questioning the patrol’s no-bid contract with Motorola to build the system and the lack of an engineering study beforehand.

Politics | Election | local | Election 2016

Donald Trump Will Campaign, Fundraise In Northwest

Northwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to return to Washington and Oregon at the end this month.

News | local

37 New Washington State Patrol Troopers Make Small Dent In Shortage

Northwest News Network | Aug. 3, 2016 8 p.m.

Thirty-seven new Washington State Patrol troopers graduated Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Olympia. But they’re only making a dent in a big trooper shortage.

Politics | Election | News | local | Election 2016

2 Republicans May Advance In Washington Treasurer Race

Northwest News Network | Aug. 3, 2016 5 a.m.

In a political year that's favored outsiders, two incumbent Democrats posted healthy showings over their Republican challengers in Washington's Tuesday...

Politics | Business | Election | News | local | Election 2016

Billionaire, Former Senate Majority Leader Aim To Oust Washington Chief Justice

Northwest News Network | Aug. 2, 2016 7 a.m.

What does a southwest Washington billionaire have in common with the former majority leader of the Washington Senate?They’ve teamed in an effort to unseat the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court.

local | Election 2016

Billions Of Dollars At Stake In Low-Profile Race For Washington State Treasurer

Northwest News Network | July 21, 2016 7 p.m.

Washington’s state treasurer is a low-profile job with high stakes. It involves managing billions of dollars and guarding the state’s creditworthiness.

Politics | News | local | Election 2016

Restoring Trust Is Theme In Washington State Auditor's Race

Northwest News Network | July 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Five candidates are running in the August 2 primary to replace embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley — and restoring trust in the office is a recurring theme of the campaigns.

local | Environment | Election 2016

Fires, Landslides, Global Warming: The Issues In Washington's Lands Commissioner Race

Northwest News Network | July 20, 2016 3:47 p.m.

Historic forest fires. The Oso landslide. Global warming. These are among the issues in the race for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands.

Politics | News | local | Election 2016

Help! Who Are All These Candidates On My Washington Primary Ballot?

Northwest News Network | July 19, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Voters in Washington state have a political homework assignment that has nothing to do with the conventions — and it’s due August 2.

NW Life | News | local

After White Officer Shoots Black Brothers, Olympia Police Chief Works To Build Trust

Northwest News Network | July 15, 2016 8:45 p.m.

The police force in Washington's state capital is changing. Fourteen months ago a white police officer in Olympia shot two African-American brothers....

News | local

Carbon Cap Critics Protest, Fast On Washington State Capitol Steps

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2016 6:45 p.m.

A group of climate activists is fasting on the steps of the Washington state Capitol this week as part of a protest against Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap on carbon emissions.

Politics | Business | Election | News | local | Election 2016

Washington Voters Likely To Decide On Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Increase

Northwest News Network | July 6, 2016 6:45 a.m.

Washington voters will likely decide in November whether to raise the state minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick leave.


No Wheelchair, No Justice Say Advocates For Disabled Inmates

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2016 9 a.m.

Life in prison is no picnic. But imagine being blind or deaf or in a wheelchair behind bars.

Economy | Business | News | local

Veteran-Owned Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Close June 30

Northwest News Network | June 21, 2016 10:15 a.m.

The end is near for a veteran-owned medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Olympia.