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.
Should it be easier to criminally charge police officers in Washington who use deadly force? A legislative task force said “yes” — but the vote was far from unanimous.
The Washington Legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day budget writing session. And the political dynamic in Olympia is full of digs at President-elect Trump, partisan sniping and disagreement over how to fund education.
Washington state lawmakers face a daunting task as they convene on Monday for the 2017 legislative session: how to fully fund public schools by 2018. And that job might have just gotten harder.
The face of Washington state government is about to get a makeover. Five new statewide elected officials will take office in January -- a record in modern times.
Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Dec. 19, 2016 4:30 p.m.
They may not change history. But four Washington electors made history Monday when they broke ranks and voted for alternative candidates for president and vice president.
The Washington State Patrol owns a small fleet of planes that state agencies and officials can charter. On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8, two Washington state troopers piloted a twin engine King Air from Olympia to Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Democrat Wednesday proposed a six-year plan to downsize the state’s two mental hospitals.
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been dealt a setback by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel Tuesday declined to hear Kelley’s claim of double jeopardy.
Washington's youngest state lawmaker, Republican Melanie Stambaugh, is defending herself against ethics charges related to her social media practices.
Typically, domestic violence survivors would never know if their abuser tried to buy a gun and was denied after a background check. A state lawmaker and a domestic violence survivor want to change that.
Secretary Dick Morgan called Washington’s criminal code “antiquated.”
A panel of lawmakers is set to hear about ongoing challenges to Washington state's Medicaid program.
Next week, a panel of Washington state lawmakers will hear from experts on ways to improve jail conditions and reduce the jail population.
Animals | NW Life | Environment | News | localNorthwest News Network | Nov. 21, 2016 7 p.m.
Under Washington’s wolf management plan, the trigger for so-called “lethal action” is when a wolf pack attacks livestock four or more times in a year.
Disabled inmates are suffering from discrimination and isolation in Washington jails. That’s the finding of a report out Wednesday from Disability Rights Washington.
What happens when someone who's not supposed to have a gun lies about their background and tries to buy one?
Washington state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, is being remembered as a social liberal who was a friend to rural Washington.
The decision to stop calling Washington state prison inmates "offenders" is not sitting well with a group of Republican state senators.
Election | Nation | Politics | News | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 10:08 a.m.
In this episode, host Geoff Norcross, OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins wrap up the 2016 election and discuss the role of the urban/rural divide in the Pacific Northwest.