Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) 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 is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. 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.
The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.
A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.
An initial legal analysis from Washington's attorney general said that the state can withhold the pay of indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley.
Sunday marks the 105th and final day of the Washington legislature's regular session. At this point a special session appears inevitable because House...
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn't approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over...
Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.
Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer's U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour...
Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature's 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.
Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. Kelley, a first...
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said he will "fight back and clear his name."
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.
A federal grand jury has indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley on charges of filing false tax returns, making false statements, obstruction and theft.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it's time for the "Wild West" days of medical marijuana to come to an end.
A former Washington State University student who fled to Ireland after a deadly drunk driving crash has been released from prison.
It appears the days are numbered for Washington's sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.
The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.
A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver could be set free early.
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.
For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.