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.
Washington Senate Republicans are looking for ways to save money on state subsidized child care for low-income families. And they think they’ve found a way.
Washington Senate Republicans have proposed a $5 billion increase in state spending over the next two years, including $1.8 billion more for public schools in an attempt to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding K-12 education.
Washington’s 105-day legislative session is more than half over. But the big job of negotiating a new two-year state budget has yet to begin.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling the Republican healthcare plan in Congress “a disaster.” Inslee made his comments Wednesday as new projections on the impact to the state were released.
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Polluting industries in Washington state don't like Gov. Jay Inslee's cap on carbon emissions — and they don't think it's legal.
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Wireless carriers are pushing legislation in Washington state to give them access to power poles, street lights and other public infrastructure for placement of the small antennas.
Washington state school districts will not go over the so-called “levy cliff.” At least not next year.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the fact Trump rescinded his previous travel ban Monday represents a “victory.”
Washington state lawmakers voted 84 to 13 vote Friday to require gun dealers to alert the State Patrol when someone fails a background check to buy a gun.
The Washington state House has voted to give added protections to sick workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee used words like “shocked” and “troubled” after attending events with President Donald Trump and members of his administration in Washington, D.C., in recent days.
Records show that between January of 2013 and September of 2016, the Washington Department of Corrections used State Patrol planes nine times to transport 14 inmates.
Currently, Washington state law protects police officers who use deadly force in good faith and without malice, making it virtually impossible to charge an officer with improper use of deadly force.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Thursday in response to President Donald Trumps crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
This week, Trumps Department of Homeland Security announced an aggressive plan to deport people who are in the United States illegally and who run...
Washington prosecutors say state law makes it nearly impossible to criminally charge a police officer who uses deadly force. Now a key state lawmaker predicts that law will change this year.
Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton said he’s “very excited” about the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has fined state Rep. Melanie Stambaugh $5,000 for posting taxpayer funded videos and photos to a campaign-related Facebook page.