Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places 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 spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News 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.

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Idaho Tax Bill
4:57 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Advance Plan To Revamp Sales, Income, Gas Taxes

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:17 pm

Idaho lawmakers are proposing a tax system overhaul. In part, they want to make the state more competitive with Oregon and Washington.

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Instant Horse Racing
5:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk

The Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho, is one of three locations that have installed 'instant racing' machines since 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:05 pm

A bill that would repeal so-called “instant horse racing” in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk.

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:54 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bergdahl Was Chained, Told To Kill Himself While In Captivity

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as seen in a 2010 video from a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group, the Haqqani Network.
Intel Center

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:10 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

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Bowe Bergdahl
3:46 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Bergdahl's Home Town Quiet On Desertion Charges

One faded yellow ribbon remains at Zaney's cafe in Hailey, Idaho. The cafe was awash in yellow ribbons and Bowe Bergdahl posters during his captivity.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:19 pm

The home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is quiet Wednesday now that the former P.O.W. is charged with desertion.

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Bowe Bergdahl
3:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.
Bergdahl family

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:55 pm

The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho with desertion, intent to shirk duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering soldiers' safety. Bergdahl could face a life sentence.

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Idaho Bullying Bill
5:09 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Say As Parents, They've Seen Need For Anti-Bullying Bill

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:07 pm

The Idaho House passed an anti-bullying measure Monday after some impassioned pleas from several lawmakers -- who talked about the experiences of their own children.

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Government and Politics
4:38 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

'Instant Racing' Pulls Idaho Lawmakers Between Pro-Business, Moral Views

The Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls is one of three locations that have installed 'instant racing' machines since 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:47 pm

Several hundred gambling devices in Idaho would become illegal under a bill now headed to the House floor.

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Idaho Bullying Bill
7:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Teens, Parents Urge Idaho Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Bullying Bill

Carmen Stanger testified before Idaho lawmakers about her daughter Maddie, who died by suicide last year. Stanger says Maddie was bullied for her sexual orientation.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:34 pm

A bill that would establish an expectation for Idaho schools to intervene when a kid is bullied is headed to the Idaho House floor.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
7:27 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Idaho Bill Would Ask Congress To Impeach Judges Over Gay Marriage

A resolution in the Idaho legislature would would ask Congress to impeach 'activist judges.'
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:47 pm

Idaho lawmakers unhappy with the legalization of gay marriage in the state are calling on Congress to do something about “activist judges.”

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Concealed Weapons Law
7:41 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Idaho Gun Rights Advocates Oppose NRA-Backed Guns Bill

The NRA's Dakota Moore speaks to the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:08 pm

A bill backed by the NRA in the Idaho House turned out some unlikely opponents Monday: Idaho gun owners.

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