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
5:27 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates: Low Or High?

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Washington is about to get a new stream of revenue into its coffers – from marijuana taxes.

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3:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
Shawn Murphy Flickr

President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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NPR Story
7:16 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From End Of Prohibition?

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This summer marijuana stores will open for business across Washington.

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NPR Story
2:53 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Liquor Board Rolls Back How Much Pot Producers Can Grow

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Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:49 pm

Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks from now.

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7:57 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends 'Real Hope' Act To Governor

Republican State Sen. Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:11 am

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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NPR Story
8:55 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

It's No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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NPR Story
3:38 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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NPR Story
5:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Unveils New Gas Tax Package, Votes Lacking

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Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

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5:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Washington Governor Won't Sign Death Warrants

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Oregon Department of Corrections

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced a de facto moratorium on the death penalty.

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2:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Inslee Announces Moratorium On Executions In Washington

File photo. Governor Jay Inslee has imposed a moratorium on executions in Washington state.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says as long as he’s in office the state won’t execute death row inmates.

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