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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NPR Story
9:26 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Study: Pot Use In Washington Double Original Projections

presensa420 Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:56 am

If there is such a thing, the typical pot smoker in Washington is a white male, 35 or younger with some college education. And he smokes a lot more weed than anyone thought.

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3:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update

Members of the Washington Education Association wore these buttons to Governor Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget rollout to signify five years without voter-approved cost-of-living increases.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:01 am

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

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5:28 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won't Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

Katheirne Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:02 am

As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, preventing “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho is a top priority of the U.S. Justice Department

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5:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Liquor Privatization Battle Could Be Headed For Oregon

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Oregon voters could have the chance to follow Washington's lead next year when it comes to liquor sales.

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NPR Story
4:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Foster Care, Public Defense Among Justice Chambers' Legacies

Former Washington Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers died of cancer at age 70.
Washington Supreme Court

Retired Washington Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers died late Wednesday at the age of 70.

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NPR Story
3:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Watching For 'Spray' And Other Tips For Navigating Icy Roads

File photo. Winter is just arriving and potentially icy commutes could be around for months in the Northwest.
Michael @ NW Lens Flickr

The Northwest’s deep freeze is over for most of the region, but snow remains in some areas and winter is just arriving. That means more cold temperatures and potentially icy commutes in the months ahead.

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4:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Washington Lawmakers To Get Clearer Guidance On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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3:57 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Frosty Politics On Display At Washington Capitol

This sign at the steps to the Washington statehouse captures more than just the weather conditions.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:31 pm

It’s not just the weather that’s been frosty. So are political relations in the Washington state Capitol.

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12:18 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Bids To Boeing For 777X Production Due Tuesday

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Washington is competing with more than a dozen other locations to build the next generation Boeing wide-body airliner.

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5:09 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus On Governor's Climate Change Panel

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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