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

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Idaho Lawmakers Consider Bill To Write Uber-Style Services Into Law

Northwest News Network | Feb. 26, 2015 5 p.m.

A panel in the Idaho House agreed to introduce legislation Thursday that would define ride-sharing services like Uber in state law -- and trump local...

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Teachers Would Be Expected To Step In Under Idaho Bullying Bill

Northwest News Network | Feb. 25, 2015 3:10 p.m.

A bipartisan bill in the Idaho legislature would train teachers to deal with bullying and require them to intervene when they see it happen.

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Idaho Lawmaker Wants National System For GMO Labels

Northwest News Network | Feb. 24, 2015 3:30 p.m.

An Idaho lawmaker and farmer said the state should press the federal government to establish a national labeling system for genetically engineered foods...

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Backers Of Idaho Abortion Bill Say 'Webcam Abortions' Pose Danger To Women

Northwest News Network | Feb. 23, 2015 2:49 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would set legal requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing medication.

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Showdown Looming Between Northwest States, Feds Over Driver's Licenses

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are trying to figure out how to keep their state driver's licenses from becoming obsolete in the eyes of the federal...

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Sponsor Of Idaho Gas Tax Hike Says It's An 'Ugly Plan' Meant To Start Talks

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 3:46 p.m.

Republican lawmakers in Idaho said there's still a long road ahead to agreeing on a plan to fix roads and bridges.

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Idaho Lawmakers Vote To Drop Laws On Sheriff's Posses, Dueling

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 8:29 a.m.

An Idaho House panel on Thursday passed a spate of bills that would trim certain criminal offenses from Idaho law.

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Idaho Bill Would Let Parents Opt Kids Out Of Standardized Test Requirement

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 8:16 a.m.

Idaho parents who don't want their child to have to pass the state's standardized test for graduation would be able to opt-out under a bill in the state...

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Judge Rules Richland Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Broke Law

Northwest News Network | Feb. 19, 2015 8:20 a.m.

A county judge has ruled that a flower shop in the Tri-Cities broke the law when it refused to serve a gay couple planning a wedding two years ago.

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Idaho Has Legal Loophole Big Enough To Drive A Speeding Car Through

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2015 4:22 p.m.

According to the Idaho Supreme Court, an apparent error in Idaho's legal code could make certain highway speed limits unenforceable.

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Idaho Bill Would Let Family, Friends Of Opioid Users Get Overdose-Countering Drug

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2015 3:37 p.m.

A bill headed to the Idaho House would allow friends and family members of opioid drug users to obtain medication to counteract overdoses.

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Idaho Senators Vote To Repeal 'Instant Racing'

Northwest News Network | Feb. 17, 2015 4:37 p.m.

The Idaho Senate Tuesday passed a bill that would repeal a law allowing so-called "instant horse-racing" gambling machines. One senator said the...

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Idaho Lawmakers Revise Abortion Bill At Doctors' Request

Northwest News Network | Feb. 17, 2015 4:35 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers took the advice of doctors Tuesday on changes to a bill that would regulate abortion-inducing medication. Physicians said certain...

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Idaho Truckers Hit Potholes, Weight Limits As Lawmakers Ponder Gas Tax Increase

Northwest News Network | Feb. 17, 2015 7:44 a.m.

On Monday, a panel of Idaho lawmakers said the time has come to boost the gas tax to fix roads and bridges that are in disrepair. Father and son...

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Idaho Senate Panel Votes To Repeal 'Instant Racing'

Northwest News Network | Feb. 11, 2015 5:40 p.m.

A panel in the Idaho Senate has voted to undo the 2013 decision that allowed so-called "instant horse racing" machines. Now the bill goes before the...

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Idaho Lawmakers See Weak Connection Between Horse Racing And 'Instant Racing'

Northwest News Network | Feb. 9, 2015 3:22 p.m.

The manufacturer of so-called "instant horse racing" machines tried to convince Idaho lawmakers Monday not ban the gambling devices.

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Northwest Indie Rock Fans Rejoice: Sleater-Kinney Returns To Stage

Northwest News Network | Feb. 6, 2015 4:58 p.m.

Sleater-Kinney, a band that helped define the Northwest's indie rock scene begins a much-anticipated tour this weekend, starting in Spokane on Sunday,...

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Idaho Lawmakers Consider Rules For Doctors Prescribing Abortion Pill

Northwest News Network | Feb. 5, 2015 4:44 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would establish requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion drugs like RU-486.

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Idaho Bill Would Let People Carry Concealed Guns Without Permit

Northwest News Network | Feb. 5, 2015 2:56 p.m.

A new bill under consideration in the Idaho legislature would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in the state without a permit.

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Idaho Looks To Expand Slots For Homegrown Med Students At UW

Northwest News Network | Feb. 5, 2015 10:10 a.m.

Idaho lawmakers are considering a proposal to make more room for Idaho students in a University of Washington med school program.


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