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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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
4:30 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Washington Lawmakers To Get Clearer Guidance On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Boeing 777X
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Bids To Boeing For 777X Production Due Tuesday

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:18 pm

Washington is competing with more than a dozen other locations to build the next generation Boeing wide-body airliner.

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Climate Change
5:11 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus On Governor's Climate Change Panel

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 5:09 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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Boeing 777X
4:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Message, Says He’d Talk With Boeing

Boeing

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:10 am

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

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Boeing 777X
5:47 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X In Washington

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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Boeing 777X Plan
4:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls Special Session For Boeing Deal

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:34 am

Sound familiar? Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called a special session so lawmakers there can work on a plan to land Boeing's 777X assembly line.

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Corporate Taxes
4:53 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hear Pitch For Corporate Tax Disclosure

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:46 pm

The issue of tax transparency in Washington is getting fresh attention on the heels of a major tax deal for Boeing.

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Washington Gas Tax
4:30 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Is The Window Closing On A Washington Gas Tax Package?

File photo of road work on SR 520.
WSDOT

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:22 pm

Two key transportation leaders says time is running out for Washington lawmakers to agree on a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package.

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Washington Gun Measures
4:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Signatures Submitted For Dueling Gun Measures In Washington

Alan Gottlieb of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms poses with boxes of petitions for Initiative 591, a gun rights initiative.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Washington voters can expect a pair of dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot.

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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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