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.


Arts, Media, and Entertainment
8:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Competition For Bands, Fans Heats Up With Growth In Music Festivals

Laurie and Katelyn Shook lead the Portland-based band the Shook Twins.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

It's that time of year when hordes of 20-somethings start sharing rides to remote locations -- music festival season.

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Environment and Planning
3:59 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Mountain Bikers Object To Idaho Wilderness Bill In Congress

Castle, left, and Merriam peaks in the White Cloud Mountains in Idaho are part of the proposed 'White Cloud Wilderness Area.'
Fredlyfish4 Wikimedia

A compromise plan to designate 275,000 acres of wilderness in central Idaho got a much-anticipated hearing in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

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Government and Politics
6:39 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Pass Child Support Bill In One-Day Special Session

Idaho lawmakers adopted new federal rules on child support after a whirlwind 11-hour session Monday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

It took an extra trip to Boise. But Idaho lawmakers Monday adopted new federal rules on child support after a whirlwind 11-hour session.

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Government and Politics
2:39 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Child Support Bill Passes Idaho House Over Sovereignty Objections

A special joint committee of the Idaho legislature hears public testimony on a bill involving child support payments between states and countries.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The controversial Idaho bill dealing with foreign child support orders is moving ahead in the legislature, despite impassioned opposition on the House floor.

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International Affairs
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

International Treaty On Child Support At Heart Of Idaho Special Session

Kathleen Clark works on child support cases at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's office in Coeur d'Alene.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Dozens of countries, including the U.S., have agreed on how to handle child support payments when one parent is in a different country. But the state of Idaho is holding out.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:30 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Spring Fires In Northwest Burning Hotter, Bigger Than Normal

The Peavine Creek Fire near Glendale, Oregon.
Douglas Forest Protective Association

 A couple of unseasonably large wildfires in the Northwest are giving crews an early taste of fire season.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:36 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Idaho Gay Marriage Ruling A Basis For Job Discrimination Suit

Jimmy Emerson Flickr


A new lawsuit in Idaho claims the same legal argument that paved the way for gay marriage in the state should also make it illegal to refuse to hire gay people.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
5:21 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Feds Consider Second Genetically Engineered Potato Out Of Idaho

The Simplot company’s genetically engineered Innate potatoes, compared with a conventional potato.
J.R. Simplot Co.

A major Idaho ag company is seeking federal approval to market a second genetically engineered potato. 

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Health and Medicine
7:29 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants

Epidemiologist Dorothy MacEachern is monitoring people who may have been exposed to the measles in the Spokane area.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area, and 25 people are under quarantine.

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7:40 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

File photo of a Tesla Model S. Some states are starting to charge electric vehicle owners an extra annual registration fee.
Kowloonese Wikimedia

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction.

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