Austin Jenkins

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. He regularly files stories for NPR News. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin was a freelance general assignment reporter at KING–TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. He also worked as a freelance education reporter for KPLU–FM, the Tacoma–based NPR station. Austin spent 2001 in Washington, D.C. as a Knight Foundation/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Austin has also worked as a television reporter in Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; and Bozeman, Montana. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and has a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

Over the years Austin has won numerous professional awards for his reporting. He lives in Olympia with his wife Jennifer Huntley and their two children.

Read Austin's blog, "The Washington Ledge: Dispatches From Olympia."

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5:12 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization

The path to marijuana legalization in Washington state is keeping a lot of people busy -- even university math professors.

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7:11 am
Wed April 23, 2014

President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide

President Barack Obama speaks at the firehouse in Oso, Wash., Tuesday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:26 am

President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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NPR Story
5:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

President Obama Tells Landslide Towns 'Whole Country is Thinking of You'

President Barack Obama speaks to an audience of first responders at the Oso fire house in Snohomish County, Wash.

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:15 am

President Obama told an audience of first responders at the Oso fire house in Snohomish County that he and First Lady Michelle Obama "grieve with you."

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NPR Story
4:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Appreciative Crowd Awaits President Obama In Oso

A crowd has gathered to hear President Obama speak at the Oso Fire Station in Snohomish County, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:25 pm

Snohomish County first responders are gathering in the Oso fire house for an appearance by President Barack Obama.

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NPR Story
5:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:04 pm

As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.

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3:26 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

By next January, Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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3:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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6:12 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

After Fatalities Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

These days an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.

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3:59 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Goldmark Accuses Anti-Logging Interests Of Exploiting Oso Slide

File photo of the massive landslide that hit Snohomish County in March.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is speaking publicly for the first time since the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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3:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Washington Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging

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The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, according to state Liquor Control Board staff.

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