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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Military
8:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 am

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

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Winter Weather
9:14 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Next Chapter In Northwest Weather Expected To Be Flooding, Landslides

A landslide carried boulders onto I-84 near Hood River, Ore., on Wednesday.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:57 pm

The National Weather Service says the recent snowfall combined with rain over the next few days has set the stage for flooding in parts of the Northwest.

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Aggressive Driving
9:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lots Of Speeders, But Few Answers On How To Slow Them Down

Trooper Tom Shirey works for the Washington State Patrol's Aggressive Driver Apprehension Team in the Spokane area.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding.

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Snow Condition
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

A skier is nearly caught in an avalanche in central Oregon.
Kevin Grove

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:46 pm

The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured. 

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Diseased Trees
8:49 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

U.S. Forest Service

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:37 pm

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers.

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Endangered Species
8:39 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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Agriculture
8:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring

Wheat fields in Lincoln County, Wash.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:56 pm

Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

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Book Ban
8:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." An Oregon school district is considering whether to pull the book.
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:05 pm

A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

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Civil Rights
8:35 am
Thu January 30, 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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Education
9:37 am
Tue January 28, 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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Health
8:57 am
Tue January 21, 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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Technology
9:15 am
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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Fatal Crash
8:57 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash

File photo of a Pave Hawk helicopter.
US Air Force

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:35 am

Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. One grew up in north Idaho, the other hailed from Vancouver, Wash.

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Guns
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Despite Calls To Arm Teachers, Most Schools Opt For Other Measures

A new controlled entry system in the Coeur d'Alene schools requires visitors to speak to the front office over video before coming in.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:07 am

Parents and students across the Northwest are seeing many new security measures as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

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Swine Flu
7:36 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1

The H1N1 influenza virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:18 pm

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.

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