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Inland Northwest Correspondent

Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc. A Northwest native, Jessica grew up in an off-the-grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Recent Articles


Idaho Police Warily Eye Oregon's New Pot Law

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 5:27 p.m.

Idaho law enforcement say they've been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.


Witnesses Describe Escalation That Preceded Pasco Police Shooting

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 1:45 a.m.

People who knew Antonio Zambrano-Montes said he had been sad and depressed in the months before his death in Pasco, Washington. He was shot in February...


Tests Show Signs Of Drug Resistance In Some Northwest Gonorrhea Cases

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2015 3:49 p.m.

Public health officials say the rise in cases of the STD gonorrhea has continued unabated this year in much of the Northwest.


Northwest Has Witnessed Dramatic Shifts In Gay Marriage Views

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 4:52 p.m.

Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage reflects a remarkable shift in Americans' personal views, just in the last decade.


Northwest Statehouses Respond to Gay Marriage Ruling

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 11:51 a.m.

Northwest politicians reacted Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.


Gay Marriage To Remain Legal In Idaho After Supreme Court Ruling

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 8:47 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry in every state.


Outdoor Sporting Events On Heat Alert This Weekend

Northwest News Network | June 25, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend as temperatures could surpass 100 degrees.


Tough Issues Of Race In Northwest Outlast Rachel Dolezal's 15 Minutes Of Fame

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2015 7:23 a.m.

In the last week, Spokane, Washington, has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national...


Investigation Finds Dolezal Engaged In Harassment, Bias On Citizen Panel

Northwest News Network | June 17, 2015 4:18 p.m.

The former NAACP chapter president at the center of a controversy about her race also engaged in misconduct as the head of a police oversight committee.


Members Of Spokane's Black Community Rally For 'Integrity' After Dolezal

Northwest News Network | June 16, 2015 7 a.m.

At a Monday night rally in downtown Spokane, members of the city's black community said they want to put former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal behind...


Dolezal Steps Down From NAACP Amid Controversy Over Identity

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 2:11 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she's stepping down from her post.


Meeting Where Dolezal Expected To Speak Now Postponed

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 7:12 a.m.

A planned meeting Monday where Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal was supposed to give an explanation to members has been postponed.


Spokane NAACP Stands By Dolezal, Waits For Explanation

Northwest News Network | June 12, 2015 3:50 p.m.

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.


Mothers Of Teen Suicide Victims Work To Put A Face To Idaho's High Rates

Northwest News Network | June 12, 2015 7:01 a.m.

Idaho ranks consistently among the top states with the highest rates of youth suicide in the nation.


Drought Conditions Reach Unexpected Corners Of Northwest

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2015 4:37 p.m.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows almost all of eastern Oregon and parts of eastern Washington are now in severe drought.


Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2015 11:29 a.m.

An Idaho woman who faced criminal charges for having an abortion won a victory at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday.


Tribe Asks Court To Invalidate Idaho Governor's Gambling Bill Veto

Northwest News Network | June 3, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe says Idaho's governor didn't act fast enough in April when he vetoed a gambling bill the tribe supported and have asked the...


Police Say Videos Show Other Victims Of Ex-Cop Accused In 1986 Murder

Northwest News Network | June 3, 2015 1:48 p.m.

Spokane police say they believe a former Pasco, Washington, police officer accused of a 1986 homicide may have assaulted other women.


Former Police Officer Charged In 1986 Spokane Cold Case

Northwest News Network | June 3, 2015 1:48 p.m.

A former police officer from Pasco, Washington, has been charged with a homicide from nearly three decades ago.


Coeur d'Alene Schools To Keep 'Of Mice And Men' On Reading List

Northwest News Network | June 2, 2015 7:10 a.m.

John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men" will remain on the classroom reading list for freshmen in a north Idaho school district.