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.
Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.
Washington lawmakers are in contempt of court over school funding. But it's a couple of non-funding issues that could create a partisan rift.
Washington state lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their 105-day legislative session.
The case of an infant who nearly died from severe abuse has captured the attention of Washington lawmakers. The child's adoptive parents testified...
Cylvia Hayes attended meetings with Washington state officials in her capacity as First Lady of Oregon.
If you ordered flowers for Valentine's Day, do you know where the company that took your order is located? A proposal in the Washington legislature...
A bipartisan group of Washington state senators is backing an 11.7 cent gas tax increase over three years.
Washington's Department of Social and Health Services now has a team of social workers whose sole job is to find foster youth who run away.
Washington is under court order to keep foster youth from running away. So the state now has a team of "locators"--social workers whose job it is to...
Rural Thurston County, Washington, is the kind of place people move to for a little elbow room. But if you're a teenager from the suburbs, life can be...
Three Washington state senators received a boost in their per diem last month, despite previously saying they wouldn't take a raise in their daily...
Washington lawmakers are considering whether to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.
From a proposed "stand your ground" law to a proposal to make it a crime to unsafely store a gun, gun rights and gun control measures abound in the...
Mental health advocates in Washington are assailing a proposal to allow psychiatric boarding in limited cases.
Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.
It was no "Beast Quake," but Seahawks fans at the Washington state Capitol celebrated a "moment of loudness" Friday for the team.
On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.
Gas prices have plummeted, but Washington's gas tax could soon go up.