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.
Washington will join states like California, Oregon and Utah that already allow teens as young as 16 to pre-register to vote.
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As the Washington Legislature enters its final week, a deal may be coming together to change the state's law regarding police use of deadly force.
A new Washington state law designed to crack down on felons, domestic abusers and others who lie and try to buy a gun is already resulting in prosecutions.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Thursday vetoed a bill that exempts the Legislature from the state’s voter-approved Public Disclosure Act.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee faces immense pressure to veto a bill that exempts the Legislature from the state’s Public Records Act. Inslee has until midnight Thursday to decide.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is reiterating his call for state lawmakers to pass a series of what he calls "common sense" gun control measures.
An allegation against Washington state Rep. David Sawyer of Tacoma has led House Democrats to restrict his contact with staff.
Washington and Oregon are solidly blue states. But guns are one issue where Democratic lawmakers have struggled to build consensus.
In recent years, Washington has led the nation in locking up kids for running away, skipping school and other non-criminal behavior. Now state lawmakers are considering whether to ban juvenile detention for "status offenses."
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This week on "OPB Politics Now," we’ll discuss the policies both Oregon and Washington are considering to tackle climate change at the state level.
Legislative leaders had pledged to improve the workplace climate, given a history of misconduct at the Capitol. But finding a solution has proven more difficult than expected.
The error affects people who changed their names on their driver’s license and in the process were assigned a new license number.
Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark and majority Democrats are flexing their newfound one-party control of Olympia.
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A former top official at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been convicted of breaking into the home of a colleague and raping her. The...
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg plans to testify Monday in favor of a proposal to replace capital punishment with life without the possibility of parole.