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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


Fellow Democrats Challenge Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen

Northwest News Network | Oct. 6, 2015 2:08 p.m.

Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen hasn't announced if he intends to seek a sixth-term next year. But he already faces challenges from two fellow...


Another Washington Juvenile Killer To Be Released From Prison Due To Law Change

Northwest News Network | Oct. 1, 2015 3:41 p.m.

Another Washington state juvenile killer sentenced to serve life without parole will be set free next year. This follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and...

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Disabled Sex Offender Lawsuit Against Washington State On Hold

Northwest News Network | Oct. 1, 2015 3:19 p.m.

Disability Rights Washington announced Thursday that it will delay the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Washington on behalf of mentally disabled sex offenders on McNeil Island at the request of the state.

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Gov. Inslee Calls Mass Shootings 'National Scourge'

Northwest News Network | Oct. 1, 2015 2:40 p.m.

"A profound sense of loss." Those are the words Washington Gov. Jay Inslee used to describe the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

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Washington State Faces Lawsuit Over Treatment of Disabled Sex Offenders

Northwest News Network | Sept. 30, 2015 5:23 p.m.

Mentally disabled sex offenders housed on Washington's McNeil Island aren't getting the treatment they deserve.


Regulators Suspend 'Ride The Ducks' Pending Inspection

Northwest News Network | Sept. 28, 2015 2:50 p.m.

Citing a lack of confidence, Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission has taken emergency action to suspend Ride the Ducks tours in Seattle.


Washington Transportation Commission To Inspect 'Ride The Ducks' Fleet

Northwest News Network | Sept. 24, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Washington state officials are moving faster on a scheduled inspection of the amphibious fleet that had a vehicle involved in a fatal crash Thursday on...


Washington Anti-Tax Activist Eyman Could Face Civil, Criminal Sanctions

Northwest News Network | Sept. 24, 2015 2:12 p.m.

Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman could face civil or even criminal sanctions for alleged campaign finance violations.


Indicted Washington Auditor Faces New Call To Resign

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2015 12:02 p.m.

Through his attorney, indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley said Wednesday he will not resign.


Washington Corrections Chief Takes Job With Private Prison Company

Northwest News Network | Sept. 22, 2015 5:50 p.m.

Washington Secretary of Corrections Bernie Warner is leaving to take a job with a private prison company.


Brothers Shot By Olympia Police Plead Not Guilty To Assault

Northwest News Network | Sept. 22, 2015 2:23 p.m.

Two African-American brothers shot by a white Olympia police officer in May have pleaded not guilty to assault charges.


Washington Anti-Tax Activist Accused Of Taking Unreported Payments

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2015 3:10 p.m.

A lengthy investigative report released Monday alleges Eyman received a series of unreported payments.


Former Inmate Describes Waiting For Mental Evaluation In Lockdown

Northwest News Network | Sept. 18, 2015 4:24 p.m.

Brian Phillips spent 71 days in solitary confinement this summer. He was locked up in the Thurston County Jail near Olympia, Washington, after he went...


Attorneys Wade Through Case File For Indicted Auditor

Northwest News Network | Sept. 17, 2015 4:22 p.m.

The lawyer for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has more than 80,000 pages of transcripts, witness statements and documents to wade through.


Security Beefed Up At Washington Governor's Mansion

Northwest News Network | Sept. 17, 2015 3:57 p.m.

The Washington State Patrol said security at the governor's mansion in Olympia has been improved in the wake of two breaches.

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Breach At Washington Governor's Mansion Worse Than 1st Reported

Northwest News Network | Sept. 14, 2015 4:07 p.m.

Records obtained from the Washington State Patrol reveal the trespasser broke a window before he was arrested at gunpoint.

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Feds Seize Funds From Washington State Auditor

Northwest News Network | Sept. 10, 2015 7:21 a.m.

The FBI has seized a $900,000 legal retainer fee paid by indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

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Report: Washington's Whistleblower Medicaid Fraud Law Working

Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2015 5:20 p.m.

A three-year-old Washington state law that allows whistleblowers to bring Medicaid fraud lawsuits is working. That's according to a review by legislative auditors that urges lawmakers to renew the law before it expires next year.

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Republican Vance Avoids Social Issues In Bid To Unseat Murray

Northwest News Network | Sept. 8, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Longtime Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray has drawn a Republican challenger. Former GOP Chair Chris Vance formally announced his 2016 run Tuesday.


Troy Kelley Indicted For Money Laundering, More Tax Evasion Charges

Northwest News Network | Sept. 3, 2015 5:57 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley faces additional charges of money laundering and tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney's office announced the new charges...