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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GMO Labeling Idaho
7:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Genetically Engineered Food Blurs Party Lines At Idaho Capitol

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:18 pm

The Idaho legislature approved a resolution Friday on genetically engineered food.

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Transportation
3:18 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Plan To Open Idaho Roads To Driverless Cars Moves To State House

A bill in the Idaho legislature would authorize developers to test self-driving vehicles and would establish safety requirements.
Steve Jurvetson Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 3:53 pm

Idaho’s long stretches of open highway could be testing grounds for driverless cars under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday.

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Government and Politics
3:09 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

'Knife Right' Advocates Urge Idaho To Block Restrictions

Knife-rights supporters want Idaho lawmakers to pass a bill that would block laws restricting the possession and sale of knives.
David R. Ingham Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:03 pm

Supporters of “knife rights” are urging Idaho lawmakers to pass a bill that would keep cities and counties from restricting the possession and sale of knives.

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Idaho Teacher Pay
4:36 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Teachers Say Pay Plan Won’t Make Idaho More Attractive To Educators

Teachers and administrators testified before the Idaho House Education Committee on Tuesday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:16 pm

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

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Gun Rights
3:57 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Idaho Lawmaker Argues For Keeping Politician Exemption For Gun Permits

Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:27 pm

Elected officials in Idaho do not need permits to carry concealed weapons.

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Idaho License Dispute
7:16 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Long-Running Dispute Over ID Cards, Feds Call Idaho’s Bluff

A sample Idaho driver's license.
Credit Idaho Transportation Department

If you have a driver’s license you probably use it for more than driving. You verify your credit card. Buy a drink. Get on a plane. But what if you showed your ID and it was no good? That’s starting to happen to people from Idaho because of a federal law.

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Education
4:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Idaho Panel Introduces Long-Awaited Teacher Pay Plan

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller's eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:13 pm

A plan to give Idaho teachers significant raises over five years has finally taken shape in the Idaho legislature.

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Government And Politics
5:03 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Idaho Senate Passes Bill To Make Presidential Primary Earlier In Campaign Cycle

The Idaho State Capitol in Boise
Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:23 pm

A bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primaries up two months, into March, passed the state Senate Tuesday.

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Minimum Wage
4:41 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce Minimum Wage Bill, But Indicate It’s Headed Nowhere

A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:05 pm

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

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Government and Politics
4:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Bill To Write Uber-Style Services Into Law

View from the backseat of an Uber ride. Idaho lawmakers will consider a bill to write Uber-style services into state law.
Alexander Torrenegra Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:00 pm

A panel in the Idaho House agreed to introduce legislation Thursday that would define ride-sharing services like Uber in state law -- and trump local efforts to regulate them.

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