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’s state treasurer is a low-profile job with high stakes. It involves managing billions of dollars and guarding the state’s creditworthiness.
local | Politics | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | July 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Five candidates are running in the August 2 primary to replace embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley — and restoring trust in the office is a recurring theme of the campaigns.
Historic forest fires. The Oso landslide. Global warming. These are among the issues in the race for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands.
local | Politics | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | July 19, 2016 6:15 p.m.
Voters in Washington state have a political homework assignment that has nothing to do with the conventions — and it’s due August 2.
The police force in Washington's state capital is changing. Fourteen months ago a white police officer in Olympia shot two African-American brothers....
A group of climate activists is fasting on the steps of the Washington state Capitol this week as part of a protest against Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap on carbon emissions.
Washington voters will likely decide in November whether to raise the state minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick leave.
Life in prison is no picnic. But imagine being blind or deaf or in a wheelchair behind bars.
The end is near for a veteran-owned medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Olympia.
local | Politics | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | June 20, 2016 6:15 p.m.
This year’s NRA questionnaire to Washington candidates includes questions about a ban on so-called assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity and guns on college campuses.
local | Nation | Election | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | June 17, 2016 5:02 p.m.
Bernie Sanders supporters are sounding a lukewarm note about Hillary Clinton as they convene in Tacoma this weekend for the state Democratic convention....
Washington state Democrats are confident they will avoid a Nevada-like meltdown at their state convention this weekend.
The rainbow pride flag was raised over the Washington state Capitol Wednesday. It was then immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.
In preparation for a subduction zone earthquake, which would take out roads and bridges, emergency responders in Washington are training to dropping supplies and soldiers into strategic locations by parachute.
local | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | June 9, 2016 7:30 p.m.
"Rubber chicken dinners" aren't going to cut it in this election season, so candidates are jumping to extremes by jumping out of planes.
Planes and parachutes might be the best bet for getting supplies to cut-off areas in the event of a subduction zone earthquake. National Guard pilots and paratroopers practiced supply drops and parachute jumps Thursday.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants oil trains to slow down and safety improvements to speed up.
Friday’s oil train derailment and fire comes as Washington state prepares to put new oil shipment safety rules into effect. In fact, the derailment in the Columbia Gorge happened just as the first public hearing on those rules was wrapping up in Vancouver, Washington.
Washington’s troubled Western State Hospital won’t lose nearly $50 million in federal funding — for now.
Federal prosecutors say they intend to retry Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley after his first trial ended in April with the jury voting to acquit on one count and deadlocked on 14 others.