Austin Jenkins

Olympia Correspondent

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. He regularly files stories for NPR News. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin was a freelance general assignment reporter at KING–TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. He also worked as a freelance education reporter for KPLU–FM, the Tacoma–based NPR station. Austin spent 2001 in Washington, D.C. as a Knight Foundation/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Austin has also worked as a television reporter in Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; and Bozeman, Montana. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and has a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

Over the years Austin has won numerous professional awards for his reporting. He lives in Olympia with his wife Jennifer Huntley and their two children.

Read Austin's blog, "The Washington Ledge: Dispatches From Olympia."

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

File of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.
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Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Amid Legal Pot, The Search Continues For Illegal Grows

File photo of 'guerrilla' cultivation of cannabis
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Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington state. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month.

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Government and Politics
5:20 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Washington Ethics Board Settles On 12 Lobbyist-Paid Meals Per Year

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board voted Tuesday to allow lawmakers to accept a dozen lobbyist-paid meals per year, but no more.

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Government and Politics
3:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Washington Legislative Ethics Panel To Consider Free Meals Rule

File photo of the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington law allows lawmakers to accept gifts of food and drink on infrequent occasions. But that word “infrequent” has never been defined.

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Health and Medicine
2:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding'

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.
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The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations

Tim Welch of the Washington Federation of State Employees tries to hand out cups of tea to protesters from the Freedom Foundation.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions Wednesday with its unionized employees. Protesters showed up to criticize the secret nature of the meetings.

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Crime, Law and Justice
2:47 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Accused Teen Killer In North Idaho Moved Back To Juvenile Detention

File photo of Eldon Samuel.
Credit Kootenai County Sheriff's Office

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

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Government and Politics
7:33 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Two Republicans Advancing In Washington Congressional Race

Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s 4th Congressional District.

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Government and Politics
7:22 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates Enjoy Strong Showing In Washington Primary

Democrats may face an uphill battle in their bid to win back the Washington state Senate. Early primary election returns Tuesday night showed Republicans polling well in several key districts.

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Government and Politics
5:11 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Washington Primary Ballots Due By 8 P.M. Tuesday

Washington voters must return their ballots to drop boxes by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Credit Washington Secretary of State's Office

It’s primary day in Washington. Tuesday’s vote will decide a park levy in Seattle and narrow the field in dozens of state legislative and Congressional races.

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