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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

News | local

Legal Battle After Child's Death Prompts Effort To Change Washington Law

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.

News | Politics | local

As Democrats Prepare To Take Control In Olympia, Partisanship Flares

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.

News | Climate change | Politics | Environment | local

Washington Gov. Inslee Proposes New Version Of Carbon Tax

Under Inslee’s plan, industrial carbon emissions would be taxed at $20 per ton starting in 2019. After that, the tax rate would increase by 3.5 percent, plus inflation annually.

News | Politics | local

What's On Tap At The Washington Capitol This Session?

The Washington Legislature is set to open it's 2018 session on Monday.

News | Politics | local

Washington House GOP Leader Says He Was Victim Of Sexual Harassment

The Republican leader in the Washington state House, Dan Kristiansen, says he was sexually harassed at the Capitol more than a decade ago.

News | Politics | local

Washington Legislature To Take On Net Neutrality, Bump Stocks, More

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.

News | Politics | local | Economy

Inslee's Budget Wish List: More Money For Schools And A Carbon Tax

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.

News | Politics | local

Washington Rep Accused Of Harassment Resigns Leadership Position

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.

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Washington Bill Would Ban Non-Disclosure Of Sexual Harassment, Assault

Washington state Sen. Karen Keiser said she wants to encourage disclosure of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace.

News | Health | local

Washington May Allow 'X' Gender Designation On Birth Certificates

The state of Washington may soon follow Oregon and California and allow a third gender option on birth certificates.

News | Politics | local

Lt. Governor To Ban Guns In Washington State Senate Galleries

All firearms will be banned from the Washington state Senate public viewing galleries when the 2018 legislative session begins on Jan. 8.

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Washington Lawmaker Emails, Calendars Would Be Released Under GOP Proposal

Washington state Rep. Paul Graves is proposing to end the cloak of secrecy around legislative emails, calendars and other records.

News | Agriculture | Business | local

Illegal Cannabis Grows Continue Even In Era Of Legalization

Cannabis may be legal in Washington and Oregon, but police continue to bust illegal marijuana operations that are not licensed by the state.

Health | local

Thousands Booted From Washington Medicaid Rolls For Ineligibility

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.

News | local

Police Investigating Apparent Inmate Murder At Washington State Prison

Police are investigating the apparent murder of an inmate Sunday night at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

News | Education | local

Law Graduate With Criminal Past Allowed To Take Washington Bar Exam

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.

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Women See Opportunity To Address Sexual Harassment At Washington Capitol

More than 200 women have signed a “Stand With Us” letter that calls on legislative leaders to create a safe workplace free from harassment.

News | Politics | local

Washington Senate Will Require Annual Sexual Harassment Training

Beginning next year, Washington state senators and Senate staff will be required to take annual sexual harassment training. 

News | local

Wash. Girl Rescued From 'Squalid Conditions' Receives $4M Settlement

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.

News | Politics | local

Former Washington Auditor Once Again On Trial For Money Laundering

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the retrial of former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.