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.
In the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Cascade Mall in Skagit County, gun violence was the first issue the candidates were asked to address.
California is among five states this year where marijuana legalization is on the ballot. But there's concern about if legalizing it will reduce the number of marijuana arrests among African-Americans.
Washington's largest labor organization has agreed to a $26,000 fine for past campaign finance violations. The attorney general's office announced the...
The head of Washington's training academy for police officers says she's open to changing the state's deadly force law. Current law protects officers...
More than three dozen lobbyists are listed as hosts and sponsors for a fundraiser for Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan.
If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public...
Sponsors of Initiative 1464 on Washington's fall ballot say they're trying to limit big money influence on Washington politics. The initiative is a 23...
Former CEO of Washington's Western State Hospital Ron Adler was publicly fired as head of the troubled state psychiatric hospital by Gov Jay Inslee...
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was back in federal court Friday. He's facing a second trial next year for charges related to his past real estate...
News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2016 3:11 p.m.
After five terms in office, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is retiring. The two candidates running to replace him don't agree over the proper role of the lieutenant governor.
News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2016 3:05 p.m.
Brash. That's how you might describe Washington state's two-term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. He hasn't been afraid to speak...
Justices in Washington are trying to decide if it’s time to lift a $100,000 per day fine imposed upon the state over school funding sanction or double down.
It's back to school time. It was also back to court Wednesday for lawyers in an ongoing school funding lawsuit in Washington state.
Just as the school year begins, the Washington state Supreme Court will get an update Wednesday on school funding efforts in the state legislature.
The ongoing fight over school funding in Washington state is heading back to court. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before the Washington Supreme Court.
News | Politics | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 1, 2016 5:38 p.m.
One way lobbyists build relationships with lawmakers is by hosting political fundraisers. And that’s happening a lot this election season with lobbyists for business, labor and other interests.
Washington Republicans say the way state employees collectively bargain pay and benefits is not transparent and presents a conflict of interest.
Unionized Washington state employees want a pay raise. They plan to rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.