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.
With Election Day less than a month away, money is pouring into Washington state political action committees. Much of that cash will likely find its way...
In the living room of her Olympia home, Crystal opens up a large file box that contains her son's life history. "As a mom you keep those shot records...
A case involving the alleged theft of a .22 rifle from a Cabela’s outdoor store in Lacey, Washington, by a man named Terry Lee Hadley, Jr. is coming to light.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge Monday to Washington's voter-approved background check law for person-to...
People who buy individual health insurance in Washington state can expect another round of rate hikes next year.
Washington is the only state with legal cannabis that doesn't allow home grows. There have been efforts to change that in recent years.
It seems so simple. Equip police officers with body cameras to record their interactions with the public. But it turns out it’s actually quite complicated.
Several media outlets, including public radio, have filed an open records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature.
Guns and domestic violence are a deadly combination. Now domestic violence survivors in Washington can find out if their abusers illegally attempt to...
The threat of a nuclear attack, immigration enforcement and paying by the mile to drive are all on the agenda as Washington state lawmakers hold meetings this week.
As Washington state prepares to reopen its popular pre-paid college tuition program, a recently terminated employee is alleging "gross mismanagement."
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After 50 years, Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer operate the Wells Hatchery on the Columbia River near Pateros.
Four Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employees were fired this month after an investigation found an “extremely sexualized culture” at a fish hatchery on the Columbia River.
A former deputy director at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is awaiting trial on charges he broke into the home of a coworker and raped her while she slept.
Washington state’s voter rolls are “accurate,” and the state follows federal election laws. That’s the message Washington Director of Elections, Lori Augino, is sending to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Heavily armed police officers found no evidence Wednesday morning of an active shooter on the Washington State Capitol Campus following reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots.
The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has emerged as a fierce critic of President Donald Trump. The Democrat has hit the cable news circuit and blasted the president over immigration, health care, climate change.
In a move certain to anger Republicans, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed a tax break for manufacturers that lawmakers passed last week as part of a budget deal to avoid a July 1 government shutdown.
Beginning in 2020, workers in Washington will be eligible for paid family and medical leave through a new state program funded by employee and employer contributions.