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
10:33 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Inslee Proposes Robust Tax Package For Washington State Budget

Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveils his budget proposal in Olympia, Wash. Thursday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday, "it is time to reinvest in Washington." He proposed that the state adopt a new capital-gains tax to help fund a $39 billion two-year budget that would prioritize education, union-negotiated pay raises for state employees, and avoid what the Democratic governor calls “devastating” cuts to corrections, higher education and social services.

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Government and Politics
4:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Washington Governor Prepares To Release Budget, Taxes To Pay For It

File photo of the Washington State Capitol
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:20 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Cyber Security Audit: Washington Agencies Not In Full Compliance

File photo of one of the built-out data halls in Washington's data center.
Washington Consolidated Technology Services

The state of Washington has good cyber security standards, but state agencies don’t always adhere to those standards.

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Government and Politics
3:00 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Gun Rights Activists Rally At Washington Capitol

Dave Grenier allowed people to handle his handgun as an act of defiance against the new background check law. Grenier believes the law violates the Washington constitution.
Austin Jenkins NW News Network

Several hundred gun rights activists rallied at Washington’s capitol Saturday to protest the new voter-approved law that requires background checks for person-to-person gun sales and transfers. Most participants in the "I Will Not Comply" rally were openly carrying handguns or rifles or both.

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Weather and Climate
3:42 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Windstorm Leaves Big Cleanup Job In Its Wake

A large tree toppled into a car in Olympia's South Capitol neighborhood taking with it power lines. The force of the tree also snapped a power pole.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The lights are back on for many of those who lost power during the windstorm that walloped western Oregon and Washington Thursday night. But repair crews are still hard at work across the region.

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Science and Technology
3:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Could 'Spy-Proof' Secret Rooms Go Into Washington's Data Center?

File photo of one of the built out data halls in Washington's data center.
Washington Consolidated Technology Services

A foil-wrapped secret room is a plausible use for unused portions of Washington’s new data center. That’s according to a national expert on what Time Magazine has dubbed “spy-proof rooms.”

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Government and Politics
5:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Washington Capitol Prepares For Gun-Rights Rally Saturday

File photo. Several hundred gun rights advocates rallying at the Washington Capitol in January 2013.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The state of Washington is preparing for as many as 6,000 gun-rights advocates to attend a rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

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Government and Politics
3:03 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Washington Governor Likely To Propose Robust Tax Package

Brianhe Wikimedia

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is likely to propose a more than $1 billion revenue package when he unveils his proposed two-year budget next week.

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Government and Politics
4:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

As Data Center 'Halls' Sit Empty, Washington Casts Wider Net For Tenants

Washington has two unused data center halls available for lease, but so far there have been no takers.
Washington Consolidated Technology Services

The search is widening for tenants to fill Washington’s overbuilt data center. Efforts to lease the 26,000 square feet of highly-secure warehouse space to the private sector have so far been unsuccessful.

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Government and Politics
5:23 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Child Abuse Reports Increase; Washington Case Workers Face Down 'Crisis'

CPS investigator Xyzlora Brownell says one of the hardest parts of her job is deciding to remove children from their parents.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The agency that oversees child welfare in Washington wants to hire nearly 100 more child protection workers.

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