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 racial tolerance in small towns, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping communities 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 took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English–language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers 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. These days, when she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, Jessica enjoys camping and hiking, amateur photography, and learning the etymology of words.

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Schools Cope With Smoke
6:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Surrounded By Wildfires, Schools Try To Keep Smoke Out

Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.

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Idaho School Bans Book
6:06 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Idaho School Bans ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ For Sexual Content

"Like Water for Chocolate" has become a contemporary classic of Latin American literature, but has drawn complaints from some school districts in Wisconsin, Arizona and now Idaho.
Lester Public Library Flickr

A school district in southwest Idaho says the book “Like Water for Chocolate” is inappropriate for high school sophomores. It’s banning the book from the curriculum.

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Smoky Skies
4:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies

Smoke from wildfires can create some spectacular sunsets, like this one near Boise, Idaho.
Jim Larson Flickr

The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee. But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.

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Northwest News
7:02 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Why Can’t This Latino Candidate Win NW’s Most Hispanic District?

Photo of Pablo Gonzalez.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

This year, Latino voters have an edge for the first time in one of the Northwest’s major Hispanic hubs. Redistricting gave them a majority. You might think the Latino candidate there would now be a shoo-in. Not so.

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Central Washington Wildfires
3:54 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Smoke Continues To Create Haze In Central Washington

This infrared satellite image shows smoke rising from several fires in central Washington.
National Weather Service

Smoke continues to create a haze over central Washington. Several wildfires are burning near Wenatchee. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the scene.

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Idaho Abortion Ruling
5:58 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Court Questions Validity Of Abortion Law Used To Charge Idaho Woman

Jennie McCormack of Pocatello, Idaho, was arrested last year for inducing an abortion with RU-486 she got online.
Jessica Robinson] Northwest News Network

A federal ruling out Tuesday will prevent further prosecution, for now, against an Idaho woman charged with having an illegal abortion. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also questioned the constitutionality of the anti-abortion law Jennie Linn McCormack was charged with violating.

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Pocatello's Gay Rights Law
4:13 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pocatello Moves To Become Idaho’s Second City With Gay Rights Law

Pocatello, Idaho, is on track to become the state’s second city to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The city council there is drafting an ordinance to protect gays and lesbians in matters of housing and employment.

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Rise In Liquor Sales
5:07 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Newly Private Liquor Sales Rise in Wash. Despite Price Hike

Washington liquor sales are up despite a 17 percent increase in prices.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Liquor sales in Washington are up – way up. That’s according to new figures out Monday on the period after the state’s new privatization law took effect. They show July’s retail sales increased 21 percent over the previous year. And that’s despite higher prices on spirits.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
3:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Militants Say Terrorist Listing Will Add To Idaho POW's 'Hardships'

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan, and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Commanders of the militant Haqqani Network say the U.S. decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization could have repercussions for a captive Idaho soldier. That’s according to reports out Friday from Reuters and NBC.

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Navy SEAL Book
7:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Navy SEALs That Killed Bin Laden Also Searched For Idaho POW

A Taliban video from December 2010 appears to show Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The controversial book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It also says in 2009, Navy SEALs went after Bowe Bergdahl’s captors too. Jessica Robinson reports.

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