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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Animal Cruelty
4:04 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Animal Rescuers Say Idaho Bill Does Little To Prevent Cruelty

Tony Mangan of Spirit Lake, Idaho, says Panhandle Equine Rescue removed Maggie from a ranch where she and other horses were starved.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - Idaho is one of only three states that don’t consider animal cruelty a felony. That would change under a bill now in the Idaho House. The measure allows up to a year in jail and a $9,000 fine for the worst types of abuse. Yet the measure hasn’t drawn cheers from animal rescue groups.

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Northwest Republicans
6:11 am
Wed February 22, 2012

GOP Voters Learn The Ropes Of Caucusing

Josh Romney encourages Spokane Valley voters to support his dad on caucus day, March 3, in Washington state.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - Some Republican voters in the Northwest have more to figure out than just which presidential candidate to vote for. They’re figuring out how to vote in a caucus. And as Jessica Robinson reports, the different campaigns want to make sure their supporters know how it works.

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Mountain Safety
6:38 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Air Bag Becoming Standard Equipment For NW Skiers

Skier Elyse Saugstad credits the ABS air bag with saving her life in an avalanche at Stevens Pass in Washington.
Photo courtesy of ABS-airbag.com Northwest News Network

The air bag credited with saving a woman from an avalanche at Stevens Pass is starting to become standard equipment for back country skiers in the Northwest. The expert skiers who seek the thrill of more remote areas are no strangers to signs of avalanches.

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Mountain Conditions
4:13 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Back Country Ripe For More Avalanches

A photo of an avalanche in progress.
Photo Credit: Greg L. Wright Wikimedia commons

The conditions that led to fatal avalanches in the Washington Cascades could get worse this week. Three expert skiers died near Stevens Pass on Sunday and a snowboarder died in a separate avalanche near Snoqualmie.

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Women's Boxing
6:25 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Boxer Wins At Olympic Trials

Queen Underwood, in red, fights Mikaela Mayer to win the lightweight championship at the Olympic team trials for boxing in Spokane.
Photo credit Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 27-year-old pipe fitter from the Northwest has earned a spot on the USA's first-ever women's Olympic boxing team. Queen Underwood of Seattle is considered to be one of the top contenders for the gold in boxing – male or female – at the 2012 London Games. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Business
9:01 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Big Bucks Attract High School Grads To Mining

The Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho's Silver Valley, shown in 2007, was temporarily shut down in January while it complies with safety regulations, according to the mine's operator, Hecla Mining.
Nick Geranios AP

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 12:25 pm

This spring, some high school grads in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Nevada may see some good job prospects.

The recent spike in metal prices, combined with a shortage of miners, means mining companies are hiring. So some teens are opting not to go to college, and instead are heading underground.

But these high-paying jobs also come at a high cost.

An Educator Questions His Own Path

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Women's Boxing
4:51 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Female Seattle Boxer Fights Battle Of The Mind In Face Of Olympics

Queen Underwood, 27, of Seattle steps out of the ring victorious at the Olympic team trials for women's boxing in Spokane.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This year, women will box for the gold for the first time ever at the Summer Olympics in London. One of the top contenders is a boxer from the Northwest named Queen Underwood. Jessica Robinson reports.

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North-Idaho Conservatives
6:17 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Idaho Crowd Cheers Santorum's Pro-Life, Anti-Tax Promises

Rick Santorum speaks to a packed room of supporters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew an enthusiastic crowd at a campaign stop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Tuesday. Some of the loudest cheers came in response to his socially conservative positions.

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Women's Boxing
5:03 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

When You Think Spokane, City Wants You To Think Sports

The United States Olympic Committee logo.
Photo by USOC USOC

SPOKANE, Wash. - The best amateur women boxers from around the country will participate in a historic event next week : team trials for the first-ever Olympic women's boxing competition. The location for the event is Spokane. As Jessica Robinson reports, the city has worked to brand itself as a sports destination.

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Boxing Sisters
5:56 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Three Sisters Don't Pull Punches In Former Men-Only Sport

Maira Madrigal, 24, of Wenatchee trains in hopes of boxing in the 2012 Olympics.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London. The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane Feb. 13-19. It's a big development on the international stage. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.

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