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."

Lawmakers in Olympia are in a special session to finalize the Washington state budget. Some teachers’ unions have decided to walk out for a day to appeal for more money in the K-12 budget.

Federal agents searched Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s home in March. Now the results of that search have been unsealed.

A search of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s home in March turned up bundles of spreadsheets that appeared to be the kind of documents Kelley said had been destroyed in a 2008 fire.

In 2012, indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley raised $700,000 for his winning campaign for state auditor. But the bulk of that money -- nearly $500,000 -- came from Kelley himself.

One of two former federal prosecutors defending indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has dropped out of the case.

Washington State Representative Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, is resigning her seat amid allegations of multiple ethics violations.

Jan Jutte, a longtime manager in the Washington state auditor’s office, will take over for elected auditor Troy Kelley as he defends himself against a federal indictment.

The teacher who tackled an armed student at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said his protective instinct just kicked in.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley will not be paid while he is on indefinite leave, which Kelley said he'll start Monday May 4.

A juvenile court commissioner found probable cause Tuesday to hold the 16-year-old accused of a shooting at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington.

An AP government teacher is getting credit for stopping a shooting at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington.

Witnesses on the scene at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said shots were fired on campus Monday morning by a student.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

An initial legal analysis from Washington’s attorney general said that the state can withhold the pay of indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley.

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