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 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.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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.

The former NAACP chapter president at the center of a controversy about her race also engaged in misconduct as the head of a police oversight committee.

At a Monday night rally in downtown Spokane, members of the city's black community said they want to put former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal behind them.

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she’s stepping down from her post.

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.

Idaho ranks consistently among the top states with the highest rates of youth suicide in the nation.

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