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Austin Jenkins


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.

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Washington State Auditor Shows No Signs Of Stepping Down

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 4:09 p.m.

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he's not planning to step down or even take a leave of...

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Washington House Democrats Say 'Yes' To Capital Gains Tax, 'No' To Cap-And-Trade

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 3:51 p.m.

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

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Troy Kelley's National Guard Status Unaffected By Federal Probe

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 3:27 p.m.

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley's...

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Attorney: Troy Kelley Knew Of Federal Inquiry Nearly Two Years Ago

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 4:28 p.m.

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

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Troy Kelley: A Man Of Mystery, Even To His Own Staff

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 10:39 a.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was not in the office Wednesday. His staff say they don't know when the Democrat will be back.

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FBI Sought Troy Kelley Records From Public Disclosure Commission

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 4:38 p.m.

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley continues to expand.

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Washington State Auditor 'Going Back To Work,' Defends Past Business Dealings

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is "puzzled," he said Monday, by the federal government's investigation of a real estate escrow and title business...

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Feds Seek Revenue Records Related To Washington State Auditor

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 8:03 a.m.

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is casting a wide net. A spokesman for Governor Jay Inslee confirmed Sunday that the...

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Federal Subpoena Sought Records On Employee With Past Connection To State Auditor

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 7:53 a.m.

The Washington State Auditor's office has released a federal grand jury subpoena it received earlier this month. The subpoena sought information about...

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Pressure Builds On Washington State Auditor To 'Come Clean'

Northwest News Network | March 20, 2015 4:13 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is facing increased pressure to publicly address an apparent federal investigation into his activities.

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Plot Thickens In Federal Probe Involving Washington State Auditor

Northwest News Network | March 20, 2015 9:04 a.m.

Federal agents searched the home of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Monday. Now, the Democrat's office confirms it turned over documents to the...

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Washington State Auditor's Office Turns Over Documents In Federal Probe

Northwest News Network | March 19, 2015 3:31 p.m.

The Washington state Auditor's office says it's turned over documents to the Department of Justice in response to a subpoena.

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Federal Agents Search Washington State Auditor's Home, Subpoena Office

Northwest News Network | March 19, 2015 3:01 p.m.

Federal agents have reportedly searched the Tacoma home of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that agents from the U...

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Oso Slide Communities Receive Washington Medal Of Valor

Northwest News Network | March 18, 2015 3:55 p.m.

Sunday marks one year since a deadly landslide near Oso, Washington, killed 43 people.

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Cockroaches, Bedbugs, Mold Alleged In Central Washington Mobile Home Park Lawsuit

Northwest News Network | March 17, 2015 5:27 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has accused a mobile home park owner of a scheme to evade inspections.

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Even Zombies May Not Scare Inslee Into Expanding Film Tax Credit

Northwest News Network | March 17, 2015 3:53 p.m.

A cast of characters from Washington's TV and film industry descended on Olympia Tuesday seeking an expanded tax credit for the film industry.

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Mentally Ill Languish In Washington Jails; Federal Trial Set To Begin

Northwest News Network | March 16, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they're competent to stand trial.

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Washington Lawmakers Let Free Meals Reporting Die Without A Vote

Northwest News Network | March 16, 2015 3:46 p.m.

Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

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Bills Die, Live To See Another Day As Washington Legislature Heads Into Second Half

Northwest News Network | March 12, 2015 8:20 a.m.

Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills -- and killed a bunch too -- as they crossed a key deadline in the 105-day session.

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Cut-Off Deadline Means Washington Lawmakers Down To The Wire

Northwest News Network | March 11, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.