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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NPR Story
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:21 pm

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador lost his bid Thursday for majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. But the run may not be a complete loss for Idaho’s ultra-conservative congressman.

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Second Amendment
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Congressional candidate Clint Didier's 'Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway'

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:59 am

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd Amendment advocates and to increase the names on his campaign mailing list.

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Parenting
7:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four-and-a-half years Butler fostered her.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:43 pm

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

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Taliban Swap
7:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bowe Bergdahl at age 16.
Bergdahl family photo

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:32 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW - except, that is, among Idaho's congressional delegation.

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Taliban Swap
7:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

'Awareness' No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Supporters

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bowe Bergdahl’s name out during his captivity.
Courtesy of Buster Hickam

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:29 pm

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity.

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Taliban Swap
7:21 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Sgt. Bergdahl Defends Its Support

Jane Drussel's store, Jane's Artifacts, in downtown Hailey, Idaho.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:19 am

The response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday was jubilant at first. Then the story took a dramatically different turn. 

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Taliban Swap
8:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Bergdahl's Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 2:52 pm

People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.

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Taliban Swap
9:09 am
Mon June 2, 2014

After Nearly 5 Years, Parents Of POW Prepare To See Son Again

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the press at Gowen Field in Boise.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:19 am

After five years in captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally free. The American POW is now receiving medical aid at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

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NPR Story
6:34 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

U.S. Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Freed In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:36 am

A U.S. soldier held nearly five years in captivity by the Taliban is returning home. This morning, President Obama announced the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.

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Arts
8:14 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Gorge Amphitheater In Violation Of State Health Regulations

File photo of the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:39 pm

One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington State Department of Health. The Gorge Amphitheater turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and Paradiso.

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The Birds
7:53 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

File photo of a common raven

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:18 am

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperilled sage grouse.

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Blood-Sucking Bugs
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

File photo of a tick

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

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Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Around The Northwest
10:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pocatello Vote Seen As Test Of Gay-Rights Measures In Idaho

File photo of the Pocatello City Council hearing testimony from gay rights supporters at one of several public hearings in April 2013.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Voters in Pocatello, Idaho will decide the fate of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance Tuesday.

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Agriculture Trends
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable

File photo of calves at a dairy operation in southern Idaho.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:00 pm

According to newly-released data from the USDA's agricultural census, the number of farms in the Northwest is dropping.

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