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.


Public Health
11:17 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Meet The Woman Who Tells Your Exes They May Have An STD

Anna Halloran handles partner notification for gonorrhea cases at the Spokane Regional Health District. Most public health departments now have people on staff that notify partners of exposure to an STD.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 6:42 pm

Public health officials are trying to stop a series of gonorrhea outbreaks in the Northwest. And they’re offering a service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.

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Gonorrhea Outbreak
4:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Health Officials Perplexed By Number Of Northwest Gonorrhea Cases

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:01 pm

Health officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year.

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Tom Foley Remembered
4:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Foley A Lasting Inspiration In Hometown

Congressman Tom Foley speaks at Gonzaga's commencement ceremony in May 1973.
Gonzaga University

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:35 pm

The hometown of former Speaker of the House Tom Foley is mourning the longtime politician's death. Foley represented Spokane and a large swath of eastern Washington from 1965 to 1995.

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Great Shakeout Drill
5:11 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Big One' May Not Strike Inland, But Schools Practice For Quake

Kindergartener Jesse Clark practices getting under his desk during an earthquake drill at Finch Elementary in Spokane.
Ryan Lancaster Spokane Public Schools

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:59 pm

An estimated 1.2 million people in the Northwest took part in an international earthquake drill Thursday.

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Missing Idaho Hiker
5:03 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Search For Missing Idaho Hiker Turns To Drones, Crowdsourcing

A pair of searchers works across a lava field at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.
National Park Service

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:00 am

A search effort for a missing hiker at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is turning to drone technology for help.

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Government Shutdown & Logging
4:30 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Halts Logging On Northwest's National Forests

Mills build up their inventory at this time of year because later the ground can get too muddy to work.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

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Around the Nation
12:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

High-End Extras Aren't A Sure Bet For Tribal Casinos

Yvonne Smith is the director of La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Washington state. Across the country, Native American tribes are hoping high-end extras will draw visitors to casinos.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:53 am

What used to be no-frills slot parlors off the highway are turning into resort-style destinations with spas, golf courses and luxury hotels. Native American tribes are hoping these added amenities will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive gaming market.

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NSA Surveillance
5:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Report: NSA Spied On Idaho Senator During Vietnam War

The National Security Archive

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:51 pm

A U.S. Senator from Idaho who once warned about misuse of government surveillance was himself the subject of Vietnam Era domestic wiretapping.

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Idaho Anti-Bullying
4:40 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho Schools Launch Effort To Change Bullying Culture

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:28 pm

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying. The effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques.

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Long-term Pollution Challenges
6:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Tests On Idaho River Reveal Challenge Of Cleaning Up Waterways

Technicians contracted by the EPA are gather core samples of the Coeur d'Alene River bed.
Credit Jessica Robinson

A river basin cleanup in north Idaho is showing just how difficult it is to remove long-term pollution from Northwest waterways. This month, the EPA is running tests on layers of muck from the bottom of the Coeur d'Alene River. It’s downstream from a federal superfund site.

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