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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Military and Defense
3:05 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Long-Awaited Report Could Dictate Next Chapter For Bergdahl

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl
U.S. Army

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Government and Politics
4:51 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Judge To Hear Arguments Against Florist Who Declined Gay Couple

The state of Washington is suing Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
Alliance Defending Freedom

A closely watched court case dealing with whether religious business-owners must provide services to gay couples is headed to oral arguments Friday in Kennewick, Washington.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
5:40 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

U.S. Census Bureau

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
5:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

File photo. Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

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Health and Medicine
3:23 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

CNA Taylor Jasper makes up the bed in a patient room at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

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Transportation
3:03 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Road De-Icing Researchers Say Hold The Salt, Pass The Vodka By-Product

File photo. Salt helps melt ice on roads, but it also has adverse effects on the environment.
Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago U.S. Air National Guard

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

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Environment and Planning
5:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Reverses Decision To Permit Wolf And Coyote Hunting Derby

Gray wolf
Wikimedia

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

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Crime, Law and Justice
9:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

End Of Life Brings Legal Complications For Transgender People

Jennifer Gable shared self-portraits with her friends to document her transition from a man to a woman.
Courtesy Emilie Jackson-Edney

Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had her buried as a man lit up social media.

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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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