Austin Jenkins

Olympia Correspondent

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. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C-SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Washington State Auditor
5:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won't Resign After Federal Indictment

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley speaks to reporters after pleading not guilty to federal tax evasion and obstruction charges.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:44 am

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

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Washington State Auditor
4:28 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Washington State Auditor Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Criminal Charges

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley delivers a statement after pleading not guilty to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:01 pm

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

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Troy Kelley
11:25 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Washington Auditor Troy Kelley Indicted On False Tax Return And Obstruction Charges

File photo of State Auditor Troy Kelley.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:25 pm

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

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Marijuana
3:23 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Inslee Praises Washington Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

At a general media availability, Washington Governor Jay Inslee tried to reassure medical marijuana patients who are concerned that regulation of the industry will restrict their access to medical grade cannabis.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:18 pm

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

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Killer Released
4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Driver Who Fled To Ireland After Deadly WSU Crash Released From Prison

Frederick David Russell was convicted in 2007 of killing three fellow students in a deadly drunk driving crash.
Washington DOC

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:20 pm

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

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Medical Marijuana
3:55 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Medical Marijuana Regulation One Step From Inslee's Desk

Washington state's medical marijuana marketplace could soon be rolled into the state's recreational system.
O'Dea Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:23 pm

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

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Gas Tax
3:55 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Gas Tax Package Still Alive As Washington Lawmakers Hit Homestretch

FIle photo of highway construction on Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:03 pm

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

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Juvenile Killer's Possible Release
6:58 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Family Upset By Presumed Release Of Juvenile Killer

Daniel Paul Delgado was convicted in the 1992 shotgun slaying of a Domino's pizza delivery driver in Spokane.
Washington DOC

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:52 pm

A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver could be set free early.

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Washington State Auditor
4:09 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Mostly Silent Now, But In 2012 Troy Kelley Addressed Allegations

In 2012, then-candidate for state auditor Troy Kelley met with reporters to address allegations against him in court documents posted online by his Republican opponent.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:06 pm

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.

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Railroad Worker Safety
3:15 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Railroad Workers Lose In Washington Legislature For Third Time

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:25 am

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.

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