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
3:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

End In Sight For Washington Legislature, But Still Plenty Of Work To Do

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers are in the home stretch – or at least they hope they are. The current 60-day session is supposed to adjourn this coming Thursday.

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3:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.
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They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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2:52 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat

Andreas Klinke Johannsen Flickr

It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession.

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NPR Story
3:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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NPR Story
3:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

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Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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9:25 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
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Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:23 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

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5:13 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Not Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:15 am

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike, but he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.

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3:01 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks

Cacophony Wikimedia

The final two weeks of the Washington legislature may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

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3:30 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
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Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers.

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5:04 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks In Budget Plan

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:37 am

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks -- mostly for businesses.

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