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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

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Major Changes Coming To Voting Rights, Access In Washington

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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What Passed And What Didn't In Washington's 2018 Legislative Session

During a short session, Washington state lawmakers passed a critical capital budget in addition to bills sexual harassment, net neutrality, Atlantic salmon and more. Here are the 2018 highlights.

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Washington Homeowners Likely To Get Some Property Tax Relief In 2019

Washington homeowners would get some property tax relief in 2019 under a bill that passed the Democratically-controlled Washington state Senate Wednesday.

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Police Deadly Force Suddenly Back On The Agenda In Olympia

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.

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People In Washington Are Being Prosecuted For Lying And Trying To Buy A Gun

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.

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Inslee Vetoes Public Records Bill As Lawmakers Acknowledge 'Mistake'

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Thursday vetoed a bill that exempts the Legislature from the state’s voter-approved Public Disclosure Act.

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Washington Governor Faces Immense Pressure To Veto Public Records Bill

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.

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Washington Legislature Passes Ban On Bump Stocks

The Washington Legislature has sent a ban on bump stocks to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

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Invoking Florida Shooting, Inslee Urges Lawmakers To Act On Gun Bills

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is reiterating his call for state lawmakers to pass a series of what he calls "common sense" gun control measures.

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Tacoma Lawmaker Restricted From Contact With Staff Following Allegation

An allegation against Washington state Rep. David Sawyer of Tacoma has led House Democrats to restrict his contact with staff.

‘OPB Politics Now:’ The Politics Of Guns In The Northwest

Washington and Oregon are solidly blue states. But guns are one issue where Democratic lawmakers have struggled to build consensus.

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Should Washington Prohibit Juvenile Detention For Truants?

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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Washington Senate Votes To Repeal Death Penalty

In a vote unprecedented in modern times, the Washington Senate voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty.

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'OPB Politics Now': Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest

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.

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Efforts To Address Sexual Harassment At Washington Capitol Suffer Setbacks

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.

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Nearly 7K Wash. Voters Will Get Last-Minute Ballots Due To Motor Voter Error

The error affects people who changed their names on their driver’s license and in the process were assigned a new license number.

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Back In Control, Democrats Fast Track Priorities In Olympia

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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Ban On Bump Stocks Passes Washington Senate

The Washington state Senate has passed a ban on trigger modification devices known as bump stocks that allow semi-automatic firearms to operate more like automatic weapons.

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Ex-Washington Fish And Wildlife Official Convicted Of Rape, Burglary

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...

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King County Prosecutor Calls For Repeal Of Washington's Death Penalty

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.