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.
A Washington mother, whose daughter died in 2016, is pushing for a bill in Olympia to clarify who decides how a child’s remains are handled.
The Washington Legislature convenes Monday for a 60-day election year session. For the first time since 2013, Democrats will have one-party control of the Capitol.
The Washington Legislature is set to open it's 2018 session on Monday.
The Republican leader in the Washington state House, Dan Kristiansen, says he was sexually harassed at the Capitol more than a decade ago.
Washington state lawmakers convene Monday for a short 60-day election year session. Pre-filed bills take on Atlantic salmon cultivation, net neutrality, bump stocks and more.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday rolled out his proposal for an update to the state’s two-year, $43 billion budget. Here are the top five items on the governor’s budget wish list.
Central Washington University said it’s preparing to investigate new allegations of misconduct against state Rep. Matt Manweller, who’s a tenured political science professor there.
Washington state Sen. Karen Keiser said she wants to encourage disclosure of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace.
The state of Washington may soon follow Oregon and California and allow a third gender option on birth certificates.
All firearms will be banned from the Washington state Senate public viewing galleries when the 2018 legislative session begins on Jan. 8.
Washington state Rep. Paul Graves is proposing to end the cloak of secrecy around legislative emails, calendars and other records.
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Cannabis may be legal in Washington and Oregon, but police continue to bust illegal marijuana operations that are not licensed by the state.
Nearly 20,000 people have been removed from Washington’s Medicaid rolls for ineligibility. The purge happened after the state stepped up efforts to verify residency and income levels.
Police are investigating the apparent murder of an inmate Sunday night at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.
The Washington State Supreme Court has decided that it believes in second chances and rehabilitation in a case involving a former drug addict who transformed into a promising future attorney.
More than 200 women have signed a “Stand With Us” letter that calls on legislative leaders to create a safe workplace free from harassment.
Beginning next year, Washington state senators and Senate staff will be required to take annual sexual harassment training.
The state of Washington has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit involving a 7-year-old girl named Cheyene who was rescued from a trash- and feces-filled house in Lake Stevens in 2015.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the retrial of former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.