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 Lt. Governor Brad Owen hasn't announced if he intends to seek a sixth-term next year. But he already faces challenges from two fellow...
Another Washington state juvenile killer sentenced to serve life without parole will be set free next year. This follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and...
Disability Rights Washington announced Thursday that it will delay the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Washington on behalf of mentally disabled sex offenders on McNeil Island at the request of the state.
"A profound sense of loss." Those are the words Washington Gov. Jay Inslee used to describe the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.
Mentally disabled sex offenders housed on Washington's McNeil Island aren't getting the treatment they deserve.
Citing a lack of confidence, Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission has taken emergency action to suspend Ride the Ducks tours in Seattle.
Washington state officials are moving faster on a scheduled inspection of the amphibious fleet that had a vehicle involved in a fatal crash Thursday on...
Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman could face civil or even criminal sanctions for alleged campaign finance violations.
Through his attorney, indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley said Wednesday he will not resign.
Washington Secretary of Corrections Bernie Warner is leaving to take a job with a private prison company.
Two African-American brothers shot by a white Olympia police officer in May have pleaded not guilty to assault charges.
A lengthy investigative report released Monday alleges Eyman received a series of unreported payments.
Brian Phillips spent 71 days in solitary confinement this summer. He was locked up in the Thurston County Jail near Olympia, Washington, after he went...
The lawyer for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has more than 80,000 pages of transcripts, witness statements and documents to wade through.
The Washington State Patrol said security at the governor's mansion in Olympia has been improved in the wake of two breaches.
Records obtained from the Washington State Patrol reveal the trespasser broke a window before he was arrested at gunpoint.
A three-year-old Washington state law that allows whistleblowers to bring Medicaid fraud lawsuits is working. That's according to a review by legislative auditors that urges lawmakers to renew the law before it expires next year.
Longtime Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray has drawn a Republican challenger. Former GOP Chair Chris Vance formally announced his 2016 run Tuesday.
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley faces additional charges of money laundering and tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney's office announced the new charges...