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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Talks To Free Idaho Soldier
5:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

NPR: Taliban Receptive To Talks To Free Idaho Soldier

This screen grab from a December 2010 video appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban captivity.
Northwest News Network

NPR is reporting the Taliban has shown a “change of heart” that could pave the way toward the release of Northwest soldier Bowe Bergdahl. The Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan three years ago. He’s the only known U.S. prisoner of war.

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Firefighter Deaths
5:58 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighting Still Dangerous, But For Different Reasons

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died Sunday fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in Idaho on Sunday as 20-year-old Anne Veseth, of Moscow, Idaho. She was struck by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire southeast of Coeur d’Alene. As Jessica Robinson reports, firefighting deaths fluctuate from year to year, but the biggest source of that danger has shifted.

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Cougar Hunting Controversy
6:05 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

California Cougar Hunt Controversy 'Ridiculous' In Eyes Of Idaho Hunters

This photo of Dan Richards, the former California Fish and Game Commission president, appeared in Western Outdoor News.
Western Outdoor News

A controversy over a California wildlife official has Idaho hunters shaking their heads. The California Fish and Game commission stripped its president of his title for hunting a cougar in Idaho – which is legal in the Gem State, but not in California.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

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

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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Washington Secretary of State
6:53 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wyman, Drew Appear Headed For November Secretary Of State Contest

Kathleen Drew is running for Secretary of State in Washington as a Democrat.
Photo courtesy Kathleen Drew For Secretary Of State

The race for Washington secretary of state this November appears to be a battle between Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the only Republican in the race, swept the map with 39 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s primary. Democrat Drew pulled in 21 percent at last count. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Northwest Silver Mines
4:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Northwest Silver Mines To Remain Under Separate Ownership

Hecla Mining failed to take over Toronto-based U.S. Silver.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Two of the most productive silver mines in the Northwest will remain under separate ownership after several weeks of corporate wrangling.

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Seattle Olympic Boxer
4:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Seattle Boxer Takes Historic Step Into Ring, If Not The Gold

Seattle boxer Queen Underwood.
Team USA

Fans of Seattle boxer Queen Underwood hope a disappointing outcome in London won’t keep her from trying again at the 2016 Olympics. Underwood lost her opening bout Sunday in the first Olympics to open up boxing to women.

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Survival Realty
5:56 am
Thu August 2, 2012

One Housing Sector That’s Booming: Survival Realty

This pyramid shaped home in north Idaho was built out of concrete and steel beams, entirely underground. In this picture, an open hatch above the kitchen allows natural light in.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest news Network

The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there’s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what’s known as “survival realty” are experiencing boom times. As Jessica Robinson reports, a remote corner of the Northwest has become a hotspot for home buyers wanting to ride out disaster – natural or otherwise.

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Northwest Silver Mines Clash
5:59 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Neighboring Mines Clash As Stakes Rise In Silver Market

Hecla Mining Company has made an unsolicited bid to buy out shares of U.S. Silver Corp.
Northwest News Network

Every time you buy a smartphone or a tablet, you’re buying a little piece of silver inside. The expected global appetite for more and more silver-containing technology has spurred a corporate clash over mines in a remote corner of north Idaho.

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Female Olympic Boxer
5:26 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Star Pupil At Seattle Boxing Gym Aims For Gold

Queen Underwood leaves the ring after winning her final round at the trials in Spokane, earning a spot on the USA's first women's Olympic boxing team.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A Northwest boxing gym will be rooting for its hometown favorite at an Olympic event never-before open to women. Boxing was the last all-male hold out in the Olympics, until this year. Seattle’s Queen Underwood hopes to bring home the gold.

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