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."

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.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

Sunday marks the 105th and final day of the Washington Legislature’s regular session. At this point a special session appears inevitable because House Democrats and Senate Republicans are nowhere near to agreeing on an operating budget for the next two years. Here are five things to know about the 2015 Washington legislature.

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer’s U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour tour and seminar.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. 

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.

A federal grand jury has indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on charges of filing false tax returns, making false statements, obstruction and theft.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it’s time for the “Wild West” days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

A former Washington State University student who fled to Ireland after a deadly drunk driving crash has been released from prison.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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