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.

Pages

Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
5:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Read more
Government and Politics
3:42 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

WSDOT Flickr

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

Read more
Government and Politics
4:09 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Washington State Auditor Shows No Signs Of Stepping Down

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he’s not planning to step down or even take a leave of absence.

Read more
Government and Politics
3:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats Say 'Yes' To Capital Gains Tax, 'No' To Cap-And-Trade

House Finance chair Reuven Carlyle, left, and Appropriations chair Ross Hunter unveiled a two-year budget proposal and tax package designed to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling on K-12 funding.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

Read more
Government and Politics
3:27 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Troy Kelley’s National Guard Status Unaffected By Federal Probe

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard
Washington Legislature

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s status as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.

Read more
Government and Politics
4:28 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Attorney: Troy Kelley Knew Of Federal Inquiry Nearly Two Years Ago

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

Read more
Government and Politics
8:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Troy Kelley: A Man Of Mystery, Even To His Own Staff

State Auditor Troy Kelley's office is in the Insurance Building on the Capitol Campus. His schedule makes it hard to know how much time Kelley spends in the office.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was not in the office Wednesday. His staff say they don’t know when the Democrat will be back.

Read more
Government and Politics
4:21 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

FBI Sought Troy Kelley Records From Public Disclosure Commission

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley continues to expand.

Read more
Government and Politics
11:10 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Washington State Auditor 'Going Back To Work,' Defends Past Business Dealings

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.
Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said he is "puzzled" by the federal government's investigation of a real estate escrow and title business Kelley closed before he took office in 2013.

Read more
Government and Politics
12:17 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Feds Seek Revenue Records Related To Washington State Auditor

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.
Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is casting a wide net.

Read more

Pages