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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

local | Election | News

Washington Man Says Inslee Blocked Him From Campaign Facebook Page

A Tri-Cities man who has been a frequent online critic of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was blocked this month from commenting on Inslee's campaign Facebook page.

local | Nation | Politics

Washington State Bumps Presidential Primary Vote To March

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination, signed legislation Thursday to bump the state's presidential primary from late May to early March.

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Washington Gov. Inslee Visits New Hampshire As He Weighs Presidential Bid

The Democrat's trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state comes as he says he's "seriously considering" a run for president in 2020.

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Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee Calls For Action On Climate Change, Mental Health, Orcas

Warning that Washington state is at a "tipping point," Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday delivered a State of the State address that called on lawmakers to address carbon pollution, "transform" the mental health system and save Puget Sound orcas.

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Wash. State Sen. Ranker Resigns Amid Workplace Conduct Investigation

In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee dated Friday, Ranker, who served in the Senate for a decade, said his resignation was effective immediately.

local | Economy | News | Business | Politics

Gov. Inslee Proposes Big Boost In Washington Spending, New Taxes

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a $10 billion increase in state spending over the next two years to maintain current services and fund new priorities, including mental health and orca recovery.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures

Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks.  

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Washington Gov. Inslee Forms PAC In Move Toward Possible Presidential Run

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has formed a federal political action committee and started soliciting contributions, signaling an important next step as he decides whether to run for president in 2020.

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Washington Gov. Inslee's Out-Of-State Travel Schedule Will Cost An Extra $1.3 Million

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's busy out-of-state travel schedule has put a strain on the state troopers who protect him and resulted in a spike in overtime costs.


'OPB Politics Now:' Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax

Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.

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A Grieving Grandmother's Quest To Change Washington's Gun Laws

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.

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‘OPB Politics Now’: Washington’s Wild Primary

In the battle for control of the U.S. House, Washington state is now one of the big hotspots.

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Washington Republicans Say They Have 'Work To Do' After Close Primaries

Washington Republicans are regrouping after a primary election pounding Tuesday that extended beyond swing districts to rock-ribbed GOP pockets of the state.

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Felony Cannabis Convictions In Wash. Down Significantly Since Legalization

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state in 2012 resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of people sentenced for marijuana...

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Western State Hospital Loses Certification, $53M In Federal Funding

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.

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Tumwater Shooting Leaves 2 Injured, Suspected Shooter Dead

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.

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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.