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 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.
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.
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.
The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.
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.
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.
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.
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It's not just the president's commission on voter fraud that's seeking information from the states. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman released a...
It took three overtime sessions and the threat of a government shutdown, but in the end a divided Washington Legislature found the will and the pathway to a compromise.
Legislative negotiators in Olympia have reached an "agreement in principle" on a two-year budget that would avoid a partial government shutdown on...
The state of Washington is 15 days from a partial government shutdown if lawmakers can’t come to agreement on a budget.
Online retailer eBay wants to stop an internet tax proposal in the Washington state Legislature. To do that the company is rallying its customer base.
House Democrats and Senate Republicans must agree on a budget for the next two years. If they don’t figure this out by June 30, the state will go into a partial government shutdown.
Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work camp near Olympia were captured Sunday afternoon in Capitol State Forest.
It's only June in an off-election year, but yard signs are up and candidates are knocking on doors in Washington's 45th legislative district.
More than two dozen former federal prosecutors from western Washington are pushing back against new guidance from the Trump administration.
Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature ends Tuesday. But there’s still no sign of a budget deal or a plan to fully fund education.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will spend the next few days focused on trade with Canada and Mexico. Thursday he will meet in Seattle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After that Inslee leaves on a trade mission to Mexico.
A trio of measures Gov. Jay Inslee will sign into law Tuesday aims to make roads in Washington state safer.
Monday marks the start of candidate filing week in Washington state. It’s the week when people running for public office must file with the secretary of state’s office. But one political contest is already underway in a big way.