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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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Recent Articles

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Inslee Signs Sweeping Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

Northwest News Network | April 24, 2015 5:21 p.m.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

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Troy Kelley Recall Petition Advances To Pierce County Court

Northwest News Network | April 24, 2015 4:26 p.m.

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

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Washington Governor's Office: Troy Kelley's Pay Can Be Withheld

Northwest News Network | April 24, 2015 2:37 p.m.

An initial legal analysis from Washington's attorney general said that the state can withhold the pay of indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley.

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As Special Session Looms, 5 Things To Know About Washington Legislature

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Sunday marks the 105th and final day of the Washington legislature's regular session. At this point a special session appears inevitable because House...

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Inslee Offers Sympathy As Washington Teachers Walk Out

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2015 3:14 p.m.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn't approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over...

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On Earth Day, Inslee Gives Lawmakers 'Goose Egg' On Environment

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2015 3:01 p.m.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

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Washington Lawmakers Can Accept Free U.S. Open Tickets If They Attend Seminar

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2015 5:26 p.m.

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer's U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour...

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Special Session Virtually Certain As Budget Negotiations Stall In Olympia

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2015 3:33 p.m.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature's 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

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School Levy Reform Becomes A Late Topic Of Talk In Olympia

Northwest News Network | April 20, 2015 2:55 p.m.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

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Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won't Resign After Federal Indictment

Northwest News Network | April 17, 2015 8:44 a.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. Kelley, a first...

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Washington State Auditor Says He Will 'Fight Back' On Federal Charges

Northwest News Network | April 16, 2015 6:11 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said he will "fight back and clear his name."

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Washington State Auditor Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Criminal Charges

Northwest News Network | April 16, 2015 5:01 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.

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Washington Auditor Troy Kelley Indicted For False Tax Returns And Obstruction

Northwest News Network | April 16, 2015 10:26 a.m.

A federal grand jury has indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley on charges of filing false tax returns, making false statements, obstruction and theft.

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Inslee Praises Washington Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

Northwest News Network | April 15, 2015 3:18 p.m.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it's time for the "Wild West" days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

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Driver Who Fled To Ireland After Deadly WSU Crash Released From Prison

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2015 4:20 p.m.

A former Washington State University student who fled to Ireland after a deadly drunk driving crash has been released from prison.

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Medical Marijuana Regulation One Step From Inslee's Desk

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 3:23 p.m.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington's sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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Gas Tax Package Still Alive As Washington Lawmakers Hit Homestretch

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 3:03 p.m.

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

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Family Upset By Presumed Release Of Juvenile Killer

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2015 3:52 p.m.

A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver could be set free early.

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Mostly Silent Now, But In 2012 Troy Kelley Addressed Allegations

Northwest News Network | April 9, 2015 4:06 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.

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Railroad Workers Lose In Washington Legislature For Third Time

Northwest News Network | April 8, 2015 10:25 a.m.

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.