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 racial tolerance in small towns, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping communities 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 took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English–language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers 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
4:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Northwest Trails Expect Rush Of 'Wild' Hikers -- And Those Trying To Avoid Them

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Wild."
Fox Searchlight

The movie “Wild” hits select theaters Friday, December 5. It's based on a memoir by a Portland author who made a life-changing trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
7:20 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Study: Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Having Lots Of Sex

Gray wolf
Credit Wikimedia

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Luxury Car Part Factory Shut Down 3 Days As Materials Stalled In Tacoma

The SGL carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington.
Credit SGL Group

A slowdown at West Coast ports is beginning to stifle the flow of goods in and out of the Northwest.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:58 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

Port of Seattle
Credit Tom Harpel / Flickr

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets.

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Arts, Media, and Entertainment
3:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Nez Perce Drummers' Mix Of Old And New Earns Music Award Nod

Lightning Creek are from Lapwai, Idaho.
Credit Lightning Creek

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

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Military and Defense
4:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Northwest Cities Celebrate Veterans Day

The Gonzaga University ROTC color guard opened a Veterans Day ceremony at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Communities around the Northwest Tuesday honored the men and women who’ve served in the nation’s armed services.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:04 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continues to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Government and Politics
4:26 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay Marriage May Have Rallied Idaho Republicans Around Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at a campaign stop in Post Falls in October.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. It’s a break with the trend in most courts.

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Education and Training
3:55 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Why The State Superintendent Race Outcome Matters In Idaho

Sherri Ybarra
Credit Campaign photo

The position of Idaho state superintendent of public instruction rarely makes the holder a household name. But it's an office that's expected to play a key role in Idaho over the next several years.

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Government and Politics
6:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Northwest Election Summary: Guns, Governors And Pot

Credit Flickr

The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

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