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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Government and Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Inslee Signs Sweeping Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

Governor Jay Inslee, flanked by six-year-old Haiden Day, poses for a photo after signing a sweeping medical marijuana regulation bill. Day has a severe form of epilepsy that is controlled with high doses of marijuana extract.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

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Government and Politics
4:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Troy Kelley Recall Petition Advances To Pierce County Court

The Washington attorney general's office filed a recall petition against State Auditor Troy Kelley Friday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

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Government and Politics
7:32 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Washington Governor's Office: Troy Kelley's Pay Can Be Withheld

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley plans to go on indefinite leave starting May 1.
Washington Legislature

An initial legal analysis from Washington’s attorney general said that the state can withhold the pay of indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley.

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Education and Training
3:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Inslee Offers Sympathy As Washington Teachers Walk Out

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he understands teachers' frustration over pay raises and class size.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.

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Environment and Planning
2:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

On Earth Day, Inslee Gives Lawmakers 'Goose Egg' On Environment

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks on the lawn outside one of the Capitol press houses in Olympia.
Office of the Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

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Government and Politics
12:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

As Special Session Looms, 5 Things To Know About Washington Legislature

Former Washington State Representative Gary Alexander gavels the 2013 second special legislative session to a close on June 29, 2013.
TVW

Sunday marks the 105th and final day of the Washington Legislature’s regular session. At this point a special session appears inevitable because House Democrats and Senate Republicans are nowhere near to agreeing on an operating budget for the next two years. Here are five things to know about the 2015 Washington legislature.

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Government and Politics
3:33 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Special Session Virtually Certain As Budget Negotiations Stall In Olympia

Just a few days remain in the Washington legislature's 105-day session.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

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Government and Politics
2:59 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Can Accept Free U.S. Open Tickets If They Attend Seminar

Chambers Bay golf course near Tacoma will host the U.S. Open in June.
Jeff Hanway Flickr

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer’s U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour tour and seminar.

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Education and Training
2:55 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

School Levy Reform Becomes A Late Topic Of Talk In Olympia

File photo of Seattle's Roosevelt High School. Washington lawmakers are poised to put more than $1 billion more into public schools over the next two years.
Shakespeare Wikimedia

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

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Crime, Law and Justice
10:09 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won't Resign After Federal Indictment

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley speaks to reporters after pleading not guilty to federal tax evasion and obstruction charges.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. 

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