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.
Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.
Under the initiative, if a gun wasn’t safely stored and ended up in the wrong hands and someone was injured or killed, the gun’s owner could face felony community endangerment charges.
Washington Republicans are regrouping after a primary election pounding Tuesday that extended beyond swing districts to rock-ribbed GOP pockets of the state.
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state in 2012 resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of people sentenced for marijuana...
Despite a two-year turnaround effort, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Monday that it will strip Washington’s Western State Hospital of federal certification.
A shooting spree in Tumwater ended in a sun-drenched Walmart parking lot when a civilian shot the suspected gunman to death, police said Sunday evening.
Two candidates for the Washington Supreme Court have been disqualified from appearing on the November ballot.
In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state of Washington established a "work group"on mass shootings.
The chief budget writer in the Washington House of Representatives, has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after DUI arrest.
Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital is no longer in immediate jeopardy of losing federal funding.
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.
Gov. Jay Inslee is calling for an accelerated change in how the state’s two psychiatric hospitals are operated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.