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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

News | Election | Politics | local

Washington Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Guns, Taxes And Traffic

Northwest News Network | Sept. 27, 2016 6:30 a.m.

In the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Cascade Mall in Skagit County, gun violence was the first issue the candidates were asked to address.


Gun Rights Advocates React To Mall Shooting

Northwest News Network | Sept. 24, 2016 8:59 p.m.

Gun rights advocates say Friday night's deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is an example of why law-abiding citizens should...

Science | Health | Nation

Legalizing Marijuana: It Changes Policing, But May Leave Racial Disparities

NPR | Sept. 24, 2016 3:49 p.m.

California is among five states this year where marijuana legalization is on the ballot. But there's concern about if legalizing it will reduce the number of marijuana arrests among African-Americans.


State Labor Council Agrees To $26K Fine Over Campaign Finance Violations

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2016 3:14 p.m.

Washington's largest labor organization has agreed to a $26,000 fine for past campaign finance violations. The attorney general's office announced the...


Former King County Sheriff Open To Removing 'Malice' From Deadly Force Law

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2016 2:11 p.m.

The head of Washington's training academy for police officers says she's open to changing the state's deadly force law. Current law protects officers...

News | Politics | local

Lobbyists Amass At Fundraiser For Key Washington State Leaders

Northwest News Network | Sept. 20, 2016 3:06 p.m.

More than three dozen lobbyists are listed as hosts and sponsors for a fundraiser for Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan.

News | local

Should Pornography Be Declared A Public Health Threat?

Northwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2016 10:07 p.m.

If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public...


Wealthy Donors Behind Anti-Corruption Ballot Measure

Northwest News Network | Sept. 14, 2016 5:10 p.m.

Sponsors of Initiative 1464 on Washington's fall ballot say they're trying to limit big money influence on Washington politics. The initiative is a 23...


As Fundraising Lags, Bryant Gives Jobs Speech

Northwest News Network | Sept. 13, 2016 5:34 p.m.

Washington's Republican candidate for governor said he supports raising the minimum wage in some parts of the state -- but not everywhere. Bill Bryant...


After Inslee Announced Firing, Western State CEO Continued In State Service

Northwest News Network | Sept. 12, 2016 5:46 p.m.

Former CEO of Washington's Western State Hospital Ron Adler was publicly fired as head of the troubled state psychiatric hospital by Gov Jay Inslee...

News | Politics | local

Judge Denies Double Jeopardy Motion In Troy Kelley Case

Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2016 3:37 p.m.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was back in federal court Friday. He's facing a second trial next year for charges related to his past real estate...

News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

What Is The Proper Role Of Washington's Lt. Governor? Candidates Disagree

Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2016 3:11 p.m.

After five terms in office, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is retiring. The two candidates running to replace him don't agree over the proper role of the lieutenant governor.

News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

As Washington Schools Chief Steps Aside, Two Newcomers Vie For Job

Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2016 3:05 p.m.

Brash. That's how you might describe Washington state's two-term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. He hasn't been afraid to speak...

News | NW Life | Education | local

'Purge Contempt' Or Double Down On Sanction? Washington School Funding Back In Court

Northwest News Network | Sept. 7, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Justices in Washington are trying to decide if it’s time to lift a $100,000 per day fine imposed upon the state over school funding sanction or double down.


Merry-Go-Round Or Marathon? Lawyers Battle Over School Funding Progress

Northwest News Network | Sept. 7, 2016 2:21 p.m.

It's back to school time. It was also back to court Wednesday for lawyers in an ongoing school funding lawsuit in Washington state.

News | Education | local

On Eve Of Court Hearing, Lawmakers Get An Earful On School Funding

Northwest News Network | Sept. 6, 2016 2:24 p.m.

Just as the school year begins, the Washington state Supreme Court will get an update Wednesday on school funding efforts in the state legislature.

News | Education | local

Back To Court For Players In Washington School Funding Fight

Northwest News Network | Sept. 4, 2016 12:07 p.m.

The ongoing fight over school funding in Washington state is heading back to court. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before the Washington Supreme Court.

News | Politics | local | Election 2016

Lobbyists Fete Washington Lawmakers At Fundraisers

Northwest News Network | Sept. 1, 2016 5:38 p.m.

One way lobbyists build relationships with lawmakers is by hosting political fundraisers. And that’s happening a lot this election season with lobbyists for business, labor and other interests.

News | Politics | local

Washington Republicans Blast State's Collective Bargaining Process

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Washington Republicans say the way state employees collectively bargain pay and benefits is not transparent and presents a conflict of interest.

Economy | News | Business | local

Unionized Washington State Employees To Rally For Higher Pay

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2016 6:15 a.m.

Unionized Washington state employees want a pay raise. They plan to rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.