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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A law that would protect gays from discrimination in Idaho could finally have Republican support in the legislature next year, after a decade. A Republican working on the bill says it would be a balance between gay rights and religious freedom.

More than 30 cities and counties in Idaho have changed local laws on firearms or eliminated signage prohibiting guns in public places over the last year. It’s all the result of a systematic effort by one gun-rights group.

Muslim leaders and Christian clergy in Spokane are asking for a federal hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim graffiti discovered on the Fourth of July. Someone scrawled the phrase “Death to Islam” on the side of a Bosnian heritage center.

The Corner Creek Fire has burned 26,000 acres south of Dayville, Oregon.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter issued a disaster declaration Monday for two north Idaho counties dealing with a fast-growing wildfire.

Idaho law enforcement say they’ve been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.

Public health officials say the rise in cases of the STD gonorrhea has continued unabated this year in much of the Northwest.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry in every state.

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In the last week, Spokane, Washington has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national infamy for lying about her race. Dolezal's position on a police oversight committee, with the NAACP, at a local university – all appear to be gone. But the scandal has touched on a sensitive subject in the predominantly white Inland Northwest. As Jessica Robinson reports, this is not the first time it's been a backdrop for conflicts over race.