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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3:21 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Get Earful On Fallout From West Coast Ports Dispute

Ayda D Wikimedia

A popular gift now for Chinese New Year is a box of red apples from Washington. But Northwest shippers say a labor dispute at West Coast ports is jeopardizing that lucrative overseas market.

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4:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Inslee's State Of The State Highlights Partisan Split In Legislature

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said the state is at a crossroads and it’s time to reinvest.

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5:23 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Washington Senate Opens With Democratic Insurgency

File photo. State Senator Pam Roach was elected as as President Pro Tem of the Senate
pamroach.com

Republicans control the Washington Senate. But Monday’s start of the 2015 session featured a Democratic insurgency.

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4:14 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Washington Senate Adopts Two-Thirds Rule For New Taxes

The formal ceremony ushering in the new session of the Washington legislature quickly gave way to partisan fireworks.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:04 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants a new capital gains tax to help fund schools and other priorities. But Republicans in the state Senate voted Monday to make it harder to get a tax proposal like that through the legislature.

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5:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Gridlock Or Compromise? Divided Washington Legislature Set To Convene

The Washington legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day budget-writing session.
Apaschen Wikimedia

School funding, a roads-and-transit package and medical marijuana are among the hot topics as the Washington legislature convenes Monday.

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5:50 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Tax Fight Looms As Washington Legislature Convenes

The Washington legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day budget-writing session.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

It’s said that death and taxes are the only certain things in life. But it’s almost always certain that Democrats and Republicans will disagree on taxes.

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3:24 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Under Republican Attack, Washington Governor Defends Tax Proposals

Washington Governor Jay Inslee defends himself against Republican critics who say higher taxes should be a last resort.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is defending his call for higher taxes in 2015. The Democrat reacted Thursday to criticism from Republican lawmakers.

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2:51 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Marijuana On The Agenda As Washington Legislature Convenes

Marijuana will be a big focus in the next Washington legislative session.
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Marijuana will be among the top agenda items when the Washington legislature convenes Monday.

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2:15 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Elway Poll Suggests Washington Voters Open To Higher Taxes

A new Elway Poll suggests that Washington voters are open to some new taxes.
Elway Research

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:14 pm

Washington voters would prefer no new taxes and no deep cuts to state services. But if that’s not possible, they’re open to some new taxes.

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3:46 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Transportation Funding Fight Looms In Washington Legislature

Brianhe Wikimedia

The Washington legislature convenes next Monday for a 105-day session. Transportation funding is one of the top agenda items.

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