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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10:22 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

GOP On Track To Hold Washington Senate, Pick-Up House Seats

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber

Washington Democrats appear to have failed in their bid to retake control of the state Senate. Republicans were also poised to pick up seats in the Democratically-controlled Washington House.

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4:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

How Ballot Counting Works In Washington State

The campaigns are winding down and the ballot counting is about to begin. But in Washington state, we may not know the results of close races until later this week.

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3:24 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Psychology At Work In Get-Out-The-Vote Political Mailers

We know dogs love to get praise, but don’t like to be shamed. Turns out, voters are kind of similar. That’s why get-out-the-vote efforts these days often include a bit of psychology.

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8:21 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Last Minute Tips For Voting In Election 2014

It’s election week. Northwest election officials project 60 percent of registered voters are likely to cast a ballot this mid-term election.

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4:25 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Surplussing' Offers Legal Funnel For Campaign Contributions

Washington state Representatives Sam Hunt (left) and Cary Condotta

Washington state has strict campaign contribution limits. But candidates and political donors are experts at finding ways around those caps.

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3:38 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Washington House Could Be Sleeper Election Of 2014

The battle for control of the Washington state Senate is getting a lot of attention. But all Washington House members are also up for re-election this year.

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3:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Current And Former Washington AGs Exposed In NY Times Influence Investigation

Current and former Washington state attorneys general, Bob Ferguson (left) and Rob McKenna (right)

The current and former attorneys general of Washington state are among the subjects of a New York Times special report. The story in Wednesday’s Times details how companies under investigation by state AGs try to influence those cases.

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8:07 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Washington Republicans Allege Vote Suppression Campaign

This mailer praising Tim Sheldon as a champion for women's reproductive rights started arriving in voter mailboxes last week.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:56 am

Republicans say an out-of-state Democratic group is trying to suppress the GOP vote in a hotly contested Washington state Senate race.

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5:36 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Washington School Shooting Comes As Voters Decide Gun Measures

The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun-related ballot measures.

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4:33 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Family Of Alleged Shooter Described As Hunters, But Not Violent

We’re learning some details about the student who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before turning the gun on himself.

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