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 30-day special session of the legislature ends Tuesday. But there’s still no sign of a budget deal or a plan to fully fund education.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will spend the next few days focused on trade with Canada and Mexico. Thursday he will meet in Seattle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After that Inslee leaves on a trade mission to Mexico.
A trio of measures Gov. Jay Inslee will sign into law Tuesday aims to make roads in Washington state safer.
Monday marks the start of candidate filing week in Washington state. It’s the week when people running for public office must file with the secretary of state’s office. But one political contest is already underway in a big way.
Gun dealers in Washington state will soon be required to report when someone tries to buy a gun and fails a background check.
The halfway mark has come and gone in Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. But there’s still no deal on a budget or a school funding solution.
A Washington state prison inmate was accidentally held 3 1/2 years beyond his release date. The error was discovered last month.
It’s a bold move by Washington Realtors and other business groups. They’re taking on the number two Democrat in the Washington House with a TV ad that accuses him of “squeezing” taxpayers.
Records show that since Election Day more than a dozen Washington state lawmakers have dipped into leftover campaign cash for pay for everything from cellphones to meals out to travel.
Forty-nine new Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn-in Wednesday at a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. Among the troopers in formation was Robert Reyer of Salzburg, Austria.
Washington state has a new secretary of Corrections. Stephen Sinclair has been with the department for 28 years. Most recently he was in charge of the...
Washington state Senate Republicans and House Democrats are at loggerheads over how to fund schools.
In what has become the new normal, Washington state lawmakers are expected to go into an overtime session because they've been unable to agree on a state operating budget.
The bipartisan proposal failed to get a vote before a key deadline this week.
Washington has one of the highest bars in the nation for charging police officers who use deadly force. They are protected as long as they act in good faith and without malice.
Current Washington law bans texting behind the wheel. But it allows drivers to hold their phone in one hand and drive with the other, as long as the phone isn’t held up to the ear.
It's taken five years, but injured railroad worker Dwight Hauck sees victory at hand. Washington lawmakers are on the verge of requiring new safety...
Time is running out for Washington lawmakers to negotiate a state budget that complies with a Supreme Court ruling to fully fund schools.
Washington lawmakers are working this year to craft a solution to the state's school funding crisis. Much of their work is happening behind the scenes...