Austin Jenkins

Olympia Correspondent

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. He regularly files stories for NPR News. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin was a freelance general assignment reporter at KING–TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. He also worked as a freelance education reporter for KPLU–FM, the Tacoma–based NPR station. Austin spent 2001 in Washington, D.C. as a Knight Foundation/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Austin has also worked as a television reporter in Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; and Bozeman, Montana.

Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and has a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Over the years Austin has won numerous professional awards for his reporting. He lives in Olympia with his wife Jennifer Huntley and their two children.

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Recent Articles

Mobile Home Rentals Fall Into Regulatory Gray Area

Dec. 19, 2014 6:14 p.m.


New Background Check Law Likely Stopped Prohibited Buyer At Washington Gun Show

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Inslee Proposes Robust Tax Package For Washington State Budget

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Washington Governor Prepares To Release Budget, Taxes To Pay For It

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Cyber Security Audit: Washington Agencies Not In Full Compliance

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Washington Governor Likely To Propose Robust Tax Package

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Dec. 08, 2014 4:49 p.m.


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Washington Legislative Caucuses Race Freeze On Fundraising

Nov. 21, 2014 5:11 p.m.


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Nov. 21, 2014 11:32 a.m.

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