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Inside Olympia

with Austin Jenkins

This Emmy® nominated interview program drills down on the work taking place in and around Washington state’s Capitol.

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Meet Austin Jenkins

Since 2008, Austin has hosted Inside Olympia, the state’s longest-running public affairs program. Known as “tough, but fair,” Austin seeks to explore and make sense of the public policy debates, issues of our time and challenges facing the state.

When he’s not hosting Inside Olympia, Austin is a staff writer for Washington, D.C.-based Pluribus News, covering emerging trends in state legislatures nationally. Austin’s beat is transportation, infrastructure and disruption.

Previously, Austin spent nearly 19 years as public radio’s “guy in Olympia” covering state government, public policy and politics for a consortium of NPR stations in the Northwest. Prior to that, Austin was a television reporter in Seattle, Portland, Boise and elsewhere. Austin is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington.

Austin resides in Olympia with his family.


Hosted by veteran, award-winning journalist Austin Jenkins, the Emmy® nominated Inside Olympia provides an in-depth look at the work taking place in and around Washington state’s Capitol. From the governor to state legislators, statewide elected officials and agency leaders, Inside Olympia brings you unedited conversations with the policy leaders making decisions about the future of Washington.


Inside Olympia premieres Thursdays at 7pm & 10pm and repeats throughout the week. Also airs on KBTC-Tacoma, KSPS-Spokane, KWSU-Pullman and KTNW-TriCities.

The show is on hiatus during July and August.

Show Staff

  • Austin Jenkins, Host
  • Mike Bay, Producer
  • Aaron Qualls, Director
  • Michael Peters, Visuals/Graphics

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