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.
Election | local | News | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2016 5:18 p.m.
A political action committee largely funded by three wealthy Washingtonians has unleashed a hard-hitting attack on a state Supreme Court justice up for re-election.
A trio of wealthy Washingtonians has just put $350,000 into an effort to defeat a sitting state Supreme Court justice. Their target is Charlie Wiggins who’s been on the court since 2011.
Election | local | News | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2016 3:25 p.m.
Gun rights and gun control advocates are reacting to the first prosecution under Washington’s Initiative 594, the 2014 law that requires a background check for person-to-person gun sales.
In what’s believed to be the first prosecution under a 2014 voter-approved background check law, a former Oak Harbor, Washington, resident has been charged with illegally transferring a .22-caliber pistol that was later used in a homicide.
In this special episode of "OPB Politics Now," we dig into presidential politics, new polling on Oregon races and some fascinating ballot measures in Washington.
The practice of automatically charging 16 and 17-year-olds as adults for serious crimes is coming under scrutiny.
If you live in western Washington, chances are you get your power or your natural gas or both from Puget Sound Energy. But it’s not just energy that PSE trades in.
A police officer who was bitten in the genitals by a police dog in Washington state is not entitled to sue for damages without first proving negligence, ruled a narrowly divided Washington Supreme Court.
The floodgates have opened on negative campaign spending in Washington state. Just since October 1, more than $800,000 has been spent — mostly to defeat candidates for the state legislature.
A political tornado is swirling toward western Washington's 30th Legislative District. It’s swallowing up money from political action committees and pummeling voters and the candidates with attack ads.
This year, a pair of wealthy southwest Washington businessmen have emerged as major donors to state Republicans.
Some Northwest Republicans are denouncing and in some cases distancing themselves from Donald Trump because of his lewd comments about women. But not all.
Election | local | News | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 8, 2016 4:30 p.m.
SEIU has invested more than $1 million in trying to help Democrats win control of the Washington legislature this year. So what does the union want in return for its investment?
Election | local | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 6, 2016 7 p.m.
Washington’s Republican candidate for governor Bill Bryant has unveiled his first TV ad of the general election. It comes the same week Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee hit the airwaves with his first ad.
The race for Washington lands commissioner pits an environmental lawyer against a supporter of two imprisoned Oregon ranchers. Both candidates are relatively unknown to voters.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he takes responsibility for his office's failure to preserve emails related to the deadly 2014 Oso...
Election | local | News | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 4, 2016 11:45 a.m.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is on the air with his first TV ad of the general election. His Republican challenger Bill Bryant hopes to hit the airwaves soon — but money is an issue.
Election | local | News | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 30, 2016 2:42 p.m.
It's not just President Obama who's had his citizenship questioned. So has Washington's Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Cyrus Habib.
Washington's troubled Western State Hospital has been plagued by ineffective management, staff reductions and turnover. That's according to a "root...