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. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) 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 is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. 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.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:20 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Police Release 911 Call, Video From Shoplifting That Preceded Officer Shooting

A still frame of Safeway surveillance video shows a suspect throwing a shoplifted case of beer at a store employee. A short while later this man and his half-brother were shot by an Olympia police officer.
Thurston County Sheriff's office

Police released surveillance video and the 911 call Friday from a shoplifting that preceded a police shooting in Olympia, Washington.

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Government and Politics
3:23 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Clock Running Out On Washington 30-Day Special Session

The Washington legislature's 30-day special session is set to end on Thursday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up, but a second special session is still likely.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:17 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Half-Brothers Shot By Olympia Police Officer Expected To Survive

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olycopwatchphoto Flickr

  The two, unarmed black men shot by a white Olympia police officer early Thursday morning are expected to survive.

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Crime, Law and Justice
11:43 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Olympia Mayor Hopes For 'Respectful' Response To Police Shooting

Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum addresses reporters flanked by City Manager Steve Hall and Police Chief Ronnie Roberts Thu. May 21, 2015.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said he expects a “respectful” and non-violent response to the shooting of two unarmed black men by a white police officer.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:55 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Construction Cranes A Towering Sign Of Economic Recovery

Salem-based Morrow Equipment currently has more than 60 cranes deployed throughout the Northwest -- most of them in Seattle.
Morrow Equipment

According to numbers out Wednesday, the number of people out of work and looking for jobs is returning to pre-recession levels in the Northwest.

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Government and Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Inslee Says $1.4 Billion Tax Package No Longer Needed

Visitor7 Wikimedia

One day after the state got a favorable revenue forecast, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he no longer believes the $1.4 billion tax package he proposed in December is necessary.

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Health and Medicine
5:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Mental Health Funding A Key Issue For Washington Budget Writers

Washington state says it needs more hospital beds to help bring wait times for mentally ill jail inmates down.
National Institute of Mental Health

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

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Government and Politics
4:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Marijuana, Real Estate Boost Washington Revenue Forecast

Members of the Washington Revenue Forecast Council include chief budget writers Andy Hill, a Republican, and Ross Hunter, a Democrat. They sat next to each other for the latest forecast, but were far apart in their view of the numbers.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

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Government and Politics
2:27 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Good News In Early Revenue Forecast

The Washington legislature's 30-day special session is more than half over.
WSDOT Flickr

Washington’s 30-day special session is more than half over and there is still no sign of a budget deal.

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Health and Medicine
2:15 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

After 7 Months In Jail, Washington Man Found Not Competent For Trial

Thomas Hawk Flickr

Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent federal judge’s ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.

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