Inland Northwest Correspondent

Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places 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 spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News 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.

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Recent Articles


Idaho Lawmakers Advance Plan To Revamp Sales, Income, Gas Taxes

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 3:17 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers are proposing a tax system overhaul. In part, they want to make the state more competitive with Oregon and Washington.


Bergdahl Was Chained, Told To Kill Himself While In Captivity

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 3:10 p.m.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.


'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 3:05 p.m.

A bill that would repeal so-called "instant horse racing" in Idaho is headed to the governor's desk.


Former POW Bergdahl An Uneasy Subject In His Idaho Hometown

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 8:58 a.m.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held for nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the...


Bergdahl's Home Town Quiet On Desertion Charges

Northwest News Network | March 25, 2015 5:19 p.m.

The home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is quiet Wednesday now that the former P.O.W. is charged with desertion.


Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Northwest News Network | March 25, 2015 12:55 p.m.

The Associated Press reports Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho will face court martial on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. The...


Idaho Lawmakers Say As Parents, They've Seen Need For Anti-Bullying Bill

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 5:07 p.m.

The Idaho House passed an anti-bullying measure Monday after some impassioned pleas from several lawmakers -- who talked about the experiences of their...


'Instant Racing' Pulls Idaho Lawmakers Between Pro-Business, Moral Views

Northwest News Network | March 19, 2015 3:47 p.m.

Several hundred gambling devices in Idaho would become illegal under a bill now headed to the House floor.


Teens, Parents Urge Idaho Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Bullying Bill

Northwest News Network | March 18, 2015 4:34 p.m.

A bill that would establish an expectation for Idaho schools to intervene when a kid is bullied is headed to the Idaho House floor.


Idaho Lawmaker Says Teacher Incentive Bonus Plan Will Be 'Bitter Pill'

Northwest News Network | March 18, 2015 3:24 p.m.

An Idaho House committee introduced a revised plan for increasing teacher pay Wednesday.


Idaho Bill Would Ask Congress To Impeach Judges Over Gay Marriage

Northwest News Network | March 17, 2015 3:47 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers unhappy with the legalization of gay marriage in the state are calling on Congress to do something about "activist judges."


Idaho Gun Rights Advocates Oppose NRA-Backed Guns Bill

Northwest News Network | March 16, 2015 6:08 p.m.

A bill backed by the NRA in the Idaho House turned out some unlikely opponents Monday: Idaho gun owners.


Bill To Limit Government Power In Creating Bike Paths Passes Idaho Legislature

Northwest News Network | March 16, 2015 4:11 p.m.

A bill on its way to the Idaho governor's desk would stop cities from using their power of eminent domain to create greenbelts and bike paths.


Several Hot Topics On This Week's Agenda At The Idaho Capitol

Northwest News Network | March 15, 2015 9:04 a.m.

Idaho lawmakers are set to tackle some of the most contentious issues of the session at the capitol. Monday morning starts with a hearing on abortion.


Genetically Engineered Food Blurs Party Lines At Idaho Capitol

Northwest News Network | March 13, 2015 3:18 p.m.

The Idaho legislature approved a resolution Friday on genetically engineered food.


Plan To Open Idaho Roads To Driverless Cars Moves To State House

Northwest News Network | March 12, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Idaho's long stretches of open highway could be testing grounds for driverless cars under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday.


'Knife Right' Advocates Urge Idaho To Block Restrictions

Northwest News Network | March 11, 2015 3:03 p.m.

Supporters of "knife rights" are urging Idaho lawmakers to pass a bill that would keep cities and counties from restricting the possession and sale of...


GOP Plan To Fund Idaho Roads Would Raise Gas Tax 5 Cents

Northwest News Network | March 10, 2015 5:36 p.m.

A group of Republican lawmakers in Idaho is offering a plan they say could raise up to $81 million for road and bridge repairs by next year.


Teachers Say Pay Plan Won't Make Idaho More Attractive To Educators

Northwest News Network | March 10, 2015 3:16 p.m.

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it's going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.


Idaho Lawmaker Argues For Keeping Politician Exemption For Gun Permits

Northwest News Network | March 9, 2015 4:27 p.m.

Elected officials in Idaho do not need permits to carry concealed weapons.

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