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.
For the first time since Herbert Hoover won the presidency nearly a century ago, Washington won't have a statewide initiative before voters on the November ballot in a presidential election year.
Over the objection of a number of Washington state senators, financial disclosure information will go back online Friday after a one month “pause” to consider cybersecurity concerns.
Across Washington state, sheriffs are pushing back on Gov. Jay Inslee's order to wear masks and saying it’s not something they will actively enforce. One sheriff even called the governor an “idiot” while another said “don’t be a sheep.”
Following the lead of other states like California, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a statewide requirement that people wear face coverings that's effective June 26. This applies even in outdoor situations with some exceptions.
Early data from Washington state finds that people with developmental disabilities who contract COVID-19 are three times more likely to die than other people who contract the coronavirus. It’s a similar story in other states, including Oregon.
In a move not seen since the Great Recession, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday canceled pay raises for some state employees and ordered furloughs for many more through at least this fall.
Stepping up an attack he began on Twitter last week, President Trump on Monday spent more than four minutes at a White House meeting inveighing against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the six-block protest area on Capitol Hill now known as CHOP.
As Washington state grapples with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers are bracing for a bleak revenue forecast on June 17.
A nearly 100-year-old historical marker has been mysteriously stolen from the Washington Capitol campus.
Under pressure from Democratic lawmakers, Washington’s campaign finance watchdog has temporarily blocked online access to candidate and elected official financial disclosure forms. The move comes in wake of widespread unemployment insurance fraud.
Republican leaders in the Washington Legislature on Thursday called for a special session of the Legislature to begin in June.
As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee exerts his emergency powers to battle COVID-19, behind the scenes legislative leaders are exploring the idea of a special session of the Legislature, perhaps as early as next month.
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Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins was a first-grader on a school camping trip near Mount St. Helens when the volcano erupted on May 18, 1980. Austin recently unearthed his scrapbook from that time and interviewed several others who were on that memorable trip
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has instructed the Department of Health to prepare to test all nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19 in the coming weeks, according to the physician leading the state’s testing strategy.
The jolt of partisanship and election year politics has shattered the Washington state’s unity-in-the-face-of-crisis moment.
Some 1,500 opponents of Washington's stay-home order, many carrying guns and eschewing masks, descended on the Capitol in Olympia on Saturday.
More testing will allow Washington state to relax some social distancing measures. Here are four things we’re going to need to get there.
Dr. Luke Hansen, an Olympia emergency room physician, volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, which had been described as the "epicenter of the epicenter" of New York's COVID-19 epidemic.
A group of Republican state lawmakers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Tacoma challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Jay Inslee's stay...
With his current stay home order set to expire in less than a week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday strongly suggested that, even though the COVID-19 peak appears to have passed, he intends to leave in place most of the current restrictions for the foreseeable future.