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 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. These days, when she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, Jessica enjoys camping and hiking, amateur photography, and learning the etymology of words.

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Government and Politics
3:57 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Already-Married Gay Couples Celebrate State Recognition In Idaho

Juli Stratton and her wife were married in California, but their license should now be legally recognized by Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

County clerks in Idaho officially began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. But those couples aren’t the only ones celebrating.

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Government and Politics
3:05 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

File photo of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise
Credit JSquish / Wikimedia

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

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Government and Politics
3:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.
Credit Laura Flowers

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning.

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Government and Politics
8:09 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Court Request Delays Marriages For All But A Few Gay Couples In Idaho

Katherine Sprague (left) and Tabitha Simmons and were the first couple in line for a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.
Credit Laura Flowers

Same-sex couples in Idaho are awaiting one more court decision Monday on the state's on-again, off-again gay marriage ban.

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Government and Politics
8:36 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Dis Washington's Legal Pot

Credit National Institute on Drug Abuse

Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday.

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Government and Politics
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Square Off In Coeur d'Alene

From left: Democrat A.J. Balukoff, Libertarian John Bujak, Republican incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, independent candidate Pro-Life.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Idaho Governor Butch Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

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Religion and Spirituality
8:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Founders Of Idaho Creation Museum Urge Visitors To 'Think Critically'

Stan Lutz, left, and Doug Bennett stand with a mastodon skull in the Vision Center, a smaller version of what they hope to build.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A group in the Boise area is in the midst of fundraising for a new attraction in the Northwest. It'll be called the Northwest Science Museum.

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Environment and Planning
5:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Minimal Environmental Impacts From Idaho Hunting Derby

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Credit Denali National Park and Preserve

Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

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Arts, Media, and Entertainment
2:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Northwest Author Wins PEN Prize For 'Godforsaken Idaho'

'Godforsaken Idaho,' by Shawn Vestal
Credit Amazon/New Harvest

A Northwest writer is this year’s winner of a prestigious PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Spokane’s Shawn Vestal won the prize for debut fiction Monday night in New York.

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Education and Training
4:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4M Grant To Train Health Care Workers

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Coeur d’Alene's North Idaho College received a major grant Monday to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry.

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