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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Environment
7:54 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:12 pm

Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington, continues to threaten houses in the area.

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Marijuana
8:25 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips

File photo of 106 pounds of pot.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:48 am

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.

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NPR Story
7:58 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way

File photo of fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:29 pm

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts called Safety Matters says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. 

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Demographics
7:50 am
Fri June 27, 2014

How A Small Idaho County Became The Youngest Place In America

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:01 pm

New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the Northwest. And it’s not in an urban area. Madison County, Idaho, is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country.

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Buffer Zones
7:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

File photo of the west face of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:38 pm

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.

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Education
7:43 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 5:37 pm

About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended Odyssey Charter School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, may have to repeat classes -- or even an entire grade -- next year after the Idaho Public Charter School Commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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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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