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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The stigma alone is a major barrier
10:54 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Recruiting Prison Health Care Workers Could Get Harder Under Affordable Care Act

Eric Larsen is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for the Washington Department of Corrections.
Eric Hernandez Washington Dept. of Corrections

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 9:21 am

It’s no easy task to find doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to take a job in a prison. The stigma alone is a major barrier. Not to mention concerns about personal safety.

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NPR Story
10:46 am
Wed December 18, 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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NPR Story
6:56 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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states to submit their bids to Boeing
3:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Bids To Boeing For 777X Production Due Tuesday

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:18 pm

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

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NPR Story
7:58 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Washington Voters Reject GMO Labeling

The campaign in favor of lableing GMO foods gathered in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:47 am

Washington voters have rejected an initiative to require labels for foods with genetically modified ingredients.

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NPR Story
5:10 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Results Of Washington's GMO Labeling Vote To Reverberate Nationwide

Neighborhood Centers Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:08 pm

Results of a ballot measure in Tuesday’s election in Washington to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients will reverberate throughout the nation’s food industry.

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NPR Story
7:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Power Of Messaging On Display In Washington's GMO Labeling Fight

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:16 pm

Voters are about to decide whether Washington becomes the first state in the nation to label some genetically engineered foods.

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NPR Story
5:48 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Speaker Of The House Tom Foley Dead At 84

Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley died Friday at the age of 84.
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 1:27 pm

Former Speaker of the U.S. House Tom Foley died Friday morning at his current home in Washington, DC. He was 84. 

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Slow Comeback
4:49 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Visitors Return, But Economic Damage Done As Northwest National Parks Reopen

Cars line up at the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park on the first day the park reopened following a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:42 pm

From Crater Lake to Mt. Rainier, visitors wasted no time returning to the Northwest’s national parks and monuments.

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No Plans To Use State Dollars To Reopen Parks
3:34 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

No Plans To Reopen Northwest National Parks, Monuments With State Funds

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:11 pm

The governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho say they have no plans to reopen national parks and monuments using state dollars. President Obama has given states that option as the federal government shutdown stretches into day 11 and beyond.

Utah immediately took the president up on his offer.  A $1.6 million check to the federal treasury allows the Beehive State to reopen several economically important national parks and monuments.

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Outside Money Pouring In
4:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Washington's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry

ericksonkee Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state so far to defeat Initiative 522.

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