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
5:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court.

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Government and Politics
7:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington State Ethics Ruling Could Lower Bar For Foreign Trips

Washington state Senator Pam Roach appears on Azerbaijani television during a trip in May to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.
Credit Pam Roach

A Washington lawmaker’s trip to the Middle East in 2013 was legitimate legislative travel -- not an illegal junket.

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Government and Politics
4:51 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Some Lobbyists Play Key Role In Washington Campaign Finance

Former contract lobbyist Jim Boldt uses a sports analogy to explain why it's important for lobbyists and their clients to contribute to political campaigns. He says, 'What you're buying is a uniform.'
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Environmentalists, unions, trial lawyers and business interests may be among the top political spenders in Washington this election year, but there’s a group of influential players who don’t necessarily show up in the campaign finance reports.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
5:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Washington State's Exotic Investment Opens In Tahiti

The Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns a resort on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando.
Credit Wikimedia

A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando and it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Makes West Africa A No-Go Zone For Washington Investment Officers

Map of Ebola outbreak distribution. The director of the Washington State Investment Board says she will not authorize travel to West Africa.
Credit CDC

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa means Washington state investment officers won’t be traveling to that region anytime soon.

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Government and Politics
3:38 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Washington Ethics Board Adopts 12 Meals-Per-Year Cap For Lawmakers

Credit Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

Starting in January, Washington lawmakers will be barred from accepting more than 12 lobbyist-paid meals per year.

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Government and Politics
7:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Billionaire's PAC Moves $750K To Washington Conservation Voters

File photo of Tom Steyer
Credit Stuart Isett / Fortune Brainstorm Green

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has contributed a significant amount of cash to an environmental political action committee in Washington.

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Government and Politics
4:44 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Washington Background Check Measure Retains Healthy Lead

Credit Augustas Didzgalvis / Wikimedia

According to the latest Elway Poll released Monday, a ballot measure to expand background checks for gun sales in Washington has lost some support, but still enjoys a healthy lead.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Washington Pays Record $9.75M To Settle Child Abuse Case

The state of Washington has agreed to pay a record amount to settle a case of child abuse and neglect.

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Government and Politics
3:38 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Watch Your Mailbox For Ballots, Voters' Guides

File photo of Washington voters' guides from the 2012 election.
Credit Washington Secretary of State

Election 2014 is just over three weeks away.

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