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Olympia Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Austin Jenkins

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.

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Recent Articles


Feds: Investigation Into Troy Kelley Began During 2012 Auditor Campaign

Northwest News Network | Nov. 25, 2015 2:35 p.m.

Federal agents started investigating indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley before he was elected to that office. That's according to a document...


Drone Ban Coming To Washington State Capitol

Northwest News Network | Nov. 25, 2015 2:31 p.m.

The Washington state Capitol campus could soon be a no-fly-zone for drones. The agency that oversees the 486-acre campus is considering a strict ban.


Eyman Opponents File Suit To Block I-1366

Northwest News Network | Nov. 24, 2015 5:47 p.m.

Sore losers. That's what Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman called opponents of Initiative 1366 Tuesday. This after they filed a lawsuit in King...


Search Suspended For Bow Hunter After Rare Call For Volunteers

Northwest News Network | Nov. 23, 2015 5:10 p.m.

The search for a missing bow hunter in central Washington has been temporarily called off because of worsening weather. This follows a rare call out for...

Politics | local | News

Protesters Face-Off At Washington Capitol Over Syrian Refugees

Northwest News Network | Nov. 20, 2015 2:55 p.m.

Pro-refugee demonstrators disrupted a planned rally at the Washington state Capitol Friday against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States.

Politics | local | News

Washington Lawmakers Plan To Raise Campaign Cash While Meeting In Olympia

Northwest News Network | Nov. 19, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Washington lawmakers are meeting at the state Capitol this week to get ready for the 2016 legislative session.


Lawsuit Alleges Washington Prison System Denies Healthcare To Inmates

Northwest News Network | Nov. 18, 2015 4:09 p.m.

Washington prison inmates who suffer from "serious and painful medical conditions" are often denied adequate healthcare. That's the allegation contained...


First 'Lacey Act' Conviction For Maple Theft In Northwest

Northwest News Network | Nov. 16, 2015 5:04 p.m.

For the first time, prosecutors have obtained a federal Lacey Act conviction for trafficking in poached Northwest maple wood.


He Got Rich And Rose Fast. Then He Fell Hard

Northwest News Network | Nov. 16, 2015 10:09 a.m.

The story of Troy Kelley, Washington state’s auditor, is stranger than fiction.


Washington Lawmakers To Convene In Advance Of Challenging 2016 Session

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2015 10:30 a.m.

September's deadly Aurora Bridge accident in Seattle and the 2015 fire season are on the agenda as Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on...


Quileute Reservation Cut Off By Flood Waters

Northwest News Network | Nov. 13, 2015 3:31 p.m.

Heavy rains have flooded the one road in and out of La Push on the Washington coast. That means the 300-400 residents of the Quileute Indian Reservation...


Washington Prosecutors Want Death Penalty Vote In 2016

Northwest News Network | Nov. 13, 2015 7:06 a.m.

Prosecutors in Washington state want voters to decide in 2016 whether to keep or repeal the death penalty. It's been 40 years since Washington voters...


I-1366 Opponents Plan To Seek Injunction To Halt Law From Taking Effect

Northwest News Network | Nov. 12, 2015 3:55 p.m.

Opponents of Initiative 1366, a tax-limiting measure passed by Washington voters on November 3, said they will try to get an injunction to keep the new...


Washington Senator Plans To Reintroduce Orca, Dolphin Captivity Ban

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2015 5:31 p.m.

A Washington state senator says he will try again in January to convince his colleagues to ban marine mammal shows. That announcement Monday came as...


Washington Unlikely To Meet January Deadline For 7-Day Competency Services

Northwest News Network | Nov. 6, 2015 5:52 p.m.

Washington is unlikely to meet a January deadline to provide jail inmates with court-ordered mental health services within seven days.

Health | local | News

Staffing Shortage Creates Crisis Situation At Psychiatric Hospital

Northwest News Network | Nov. 6, 2015 5:17 p.m.

A staffing shortage at Western State Hospital has created a crisis situation. Federal inspectors this week determined that patients and staff face...


Washington Restaurant Association Declares Support For Higher Minimum Wage

Northwest News Network | Nov. 5, 2015 5:51 p.m.

There's a surprise newcomer to the campaign for a higher minimum wage in Washington. It's the state's restaurant association.


As Another Eyman Initiative Passes, Legal Challenge Looms

Northwest News Network | Nov. 4, 2015 3:28 p.m.

Washington voters appear to have given the thumbs up to another Tim Eyman tax-limiting measure. But the courts could get the final say.


Eyman's Tax-Limiting I-1366 Leads In Early Returns

Northwest News Network | Nov. 3, 2015 11:09 p.m.

In early returns, Washington voters were favoring professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman's latest tax-limiting initiative.


Alcoa Decision To Idle Plants Comes After Tax Breaks Renewed

Northwest News Network | Nov. 3, 2015 11:46 a.m.

Alcoa's decision to idle two aluminum plants in Washington comes just months after state lawmakers renewed tax breaks for the company.