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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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2 Washington Supreme Court Candidates Bounced From Ballot

Two candidates for the Washington Supreme Court have been disqualified from appearing on the November ballot.

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Washington AG Files Campaign Finance Lawsuits Against Facebook, Google

The lawsuits filed Monday allege the companies failed to keep records about who purchased political advertising from them.

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In Sign Of The Times, Washington State Now Has Mass Shooter Work Group

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state of Washington established a "work group"on mass shootings.

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Washington House Budget Chair Pleads Guilty After DUI Arrest

The chief budget writer in the Washington House of Representatives, has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after DUI arrest.

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Feds Accept Plan To Mitigate Suicide Risk At Washington's Western State Hospital

Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital is no longer in immediate jeopardy of losing federal funding.

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Inslee's Iowa Trip Adds Fuel To Speculation About Run For President

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is headed to Iowa — a frequent first stop for presidential hopefuls. He’s emerged as leading voice of opposition to President Donald Trump.

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Former Washington Auditor's Stolen Funds Conviction Stands

Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley Tuesday lost a motion to have his conviction for possession of stolen funds tossed out. But he did win two other motions.

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Mental Health Looms As Next Vexing Challenge For Washington Lawmakers

Gov. Jay Inslee is calling for an accelerated change in how the state’s two psychiatric hospitals are operated.

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Lawsuit Alleges Mistreatment Of Walla Walla Inmates With Mental Illness

At the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, inmates with mental illness are locked down in their cells for up to 16 hours a day, even if they pose little risk.

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In Unusual Move, Washington AG Endorses Gun-Related Ballot Measure

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he supports a proposed initiative that would raise the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles to 21 and require enhanced background checks.

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Historic Olympia: Where Lobbyists Are Your Neighbors

Just south of the state Capitol building you’ll find a neighborhood dotted with quaint, historic houses. But you won’t find families with children in many of them.

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Washington Supreme Court Could Decide Constitutionality Of Death Penalty

A bipartisan effort to repeal the death penalty fell short in the Washington Legislature this year. But a separate effort to overturn the state's capital punishment statute through the courts is ongoing.

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Getting Naloxone In The NW Is Easier Than You Might Think

The U.S. Surgeon General wants more Americans to carry the overdose reversal drug naloxone. So how do you get it? Turns out, it's not that difficult.

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Frustrated And Broke, Washington Counties Consider Suing State

After years of pleading with the state Legislature for more funding, Washington's 39 counties could decide this year whether to file a lawsuit against the state over unfunded mandates.

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Inslee Signs SEIU-Backed Home Care Privatization Bill Over Objections

Despite numerous requests for a veto, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a controversial bill to privatize the state’s home care provider system.

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Oregon, Washington AGs Demand Answers From Facebook

The attorneys general of 35 states, plus Guam and American Samoa, wrote a letter to Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg expressing concerns about the company's privacy policy.

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Former Washington Auditor Seeks To Have Conviction Overturned Or Retrial

Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is seeking to have his conviction for possession of stolen money overturned or, alternatively, granted a new...

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New Washington Laws Aim To Address Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed into law several measures aimed at addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Washington Governor Signs Bills Aimed At Expanding Voting Access

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law four bills aimed at expanding access to voting. They include a new state Voting Rights Act.

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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.