Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to racial tolerance in small towns, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping communities east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English–language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc.

A Northwest native, Jessica grew up in an off–the–grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge. These days, when she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, Jessica enjoys camping and hiking, amateur photography, and learning the etymology of words.

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Northwest Hate Groups Shrink
8:37 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Report: Neo-Nazis, Skinheads And Other Hate Groups Down In Northwest

Members of the Aryan Nations march in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho in 2004.
holotone Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:58 pm

An annual count released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that the number of active hate groups in the Northwest dropped dramatically in 2013.

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New Plan to Right Wildfires
7:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:22 am

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

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34,000 signed up in Oregon
3:38 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Stethoscopes/Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:09 pm

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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urging people to consider cancelling plans
4:10 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

A deep slab avalanche, seen from above.
Janet Kellam Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:33 am

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

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five-year trial period
4:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

A midwife uses a fetoscope on a patient.
kc7fys Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:19 pm

Idaho started licensing midwives in 2010 under the Midwifery Practice Act so midwives could deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers legally. 

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the “next generation” of assessment
7:48 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Can A Test Measure Critical Thinking? Schools Hope To Find Out

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller's eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:37 am

Northwest parents of school-aged children have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC.

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Environment
5:52 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan

US Fish

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

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anti-discrimination ordinances
4:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

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Public Health
8:11 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest

Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 6:22 am

Public health officials in the Northwest say a series of gonorrhea outbreaks shows little sign of letting up. In fact, in some places, rates of the STD may be getting worse.

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helps police officers stay safe on the job
3:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Lets Cops Know When They're Tired

Criminal justice professor Bryan Vila wears an actigraph, a movement-monitoring device. The BeSharp app uses data from the device to determine alertness.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:00 am

Could the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users also help police officers stay safer on the job?

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