Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc. A Northwest native, Jessica grew up in an off-the-grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Government and Politics
4:51 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Idaho Senate Kills Tax Bill, Wants Different Approach To Funding Roads

File photo of the Idaho Great Seal inside the capitol building in Boise.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM Flickr

The Idaho Senate decided to kill a major overhaul to Idaho’s tax system Tuesday.

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Government and Politics
3:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Democrats Call Idaho Tax Bill 'A Financial Circus'

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

The Idaho House fast-tracked a bill Monday that would raise the gas tax, eliminate the sales tax on groceries and overhaul Idaho’s income tax structure.

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Government and Politics
8:22 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Idaho Republicans Want Earlier Presidential Primary In 2016

Archive photo of Idaho Republicans 2012 presidential caucusing in Kootenai County.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The Idaho House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primary from May to March.

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Government and Politics
3:17 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Advance Plan To Revamp Sales, Income, Gas Taxes

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Idaho lawmakers are proposing a tax system overhaul. In part, they want to make the state more competitive with Oregon and Washington.

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Military and Defense
3:10 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Bergdahl Was Chained, Told To Kill Himself While In Captivity

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as seen in a 2010 video from a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group, the Haqqani Network.
Intel Center

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

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Government and Politics
3:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk

The Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho, is one of three locations that have installed 'instant racing' machines since 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A bill that would repeal so-called “instant horse racing” in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk.

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Military and Defense
8:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Former POW Bergdahl An Uneasy Subject In His Idaho Hometown

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bowe Bergdahl's name out during his captivity.
Courtesy of Buster Hickam

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held for nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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Military and Defense
3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Bergdahl's Home Town Quiet On Desertion Charges

One faded yellow ribbon remains at Zaney's cafe in Hailey, Idaho. The cafe was awash in yellow ribbons and Bowe Bergdahl posters during his captivity.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is quiet Wednesday now that the former P.O.W. is charged with desertion.

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Military and Defense
11:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.
Bergdahl family

The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho with desertion, intent to shirk duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering soldiers' safety. Bergdahl could face a life sentence.

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Education and Training
5:05 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Say As Parents, They've Seen Need For Anti-Bullying Bill

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

The Idaho House passed an anti-bullying measure Monday after some impassioned pleas from several lawmakers -- who talked about the experiences of their own children.

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