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. 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."

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Gas Tax Package
5:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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Washington Welfare
5:13 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:09 pm

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

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Corporate Tax Transparency
4:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

State Secret: Why You Can't See Boeing's Tax Bill

File photo of the Boeing 777x. Production of the 777X is scheduled to begin in 2017
Boeing

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Washington lawmakers recently rushed into special session to pass $8.7 billion in aerospace tax breaks. The aim: to land Boeing’s next generation 777 airplane. But how much does Boeing – or any other major company in Washington - pay in taxes?

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Pacific Tower Lease
5:20 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Washington State Signs Pacific Tower 30-Year Lease

File photo of Pacific Tower, a building on Beacon Hill in Seattle, Wash.
Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:18 pm

Washington’s Department of Commerce has signed a lease to take over Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower for the next 30-years.

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Marijuana Business Licenses
4:02 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Pot License Investigators Will Be On Alert For 'Hidden Ownership'

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 3:19 pm

Pot entrepreneurs in Washington can apply for a business license beginning next Monday. The state now has a team of 14 license investigators ready to vet the applicants.

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Wash. Real Estate Lease
4:13 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State

Nick Cockrell with Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services gives a tour of the state-owned Rhodes Center in Tacoma which, he says, loses about $500,000 a year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:32 pm

The state of Washington is expected to sign a 30-year lease Tuesday for Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

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Boeing Legislative Deal
4:07 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Boeing Incentives Signed; Washington Lawmakers Turn To Roads

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Boeing 777X Plan
4:01 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Inslee Lobbies Lawmakers To Extend Tax Breaks For Boeing

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 3:27 pm

Governor Jay Inslee says he can’t overstate the upside of Washington winning production of Boeing’s next generation 777 airliner.

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Washington Gas Tax
5:13 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Key Players Debate Need For Gas Tax in Washington Special Session

File photo of the Washington state Capitol Building.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:55 pm

Washington lawmakers convene in special session Thursday in an effort to win production of the next Boeing 777.

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GMO Labeling
4:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Results Of Washington's GMO Labeling Vote To Reverberate Nationwide

Neighborhood Centers Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:08 pm

Results of a ballot measure in Tuesday’s election in Washington to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients will reverberate throughout the nation’s food industry.

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