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


Don't Touch Dead Squirrels In Idaho -- They Might Have Plague

Northwest News Network | May 22, 2015 3:06 p.m.

Officials from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are asking people to take precautions around ground squirrels after a squirrel south of Boise...


Competition For Bands, Fans Heats Up With Growth In Music Festivals

Northwest News Network | May 22, 2015 9:22 a.m.

It's that time of year when hordes of 20-somethings start sharing rides to remote locations -- music festival season.


Mountain Bikers Object To Idaho Wilderness Bill In Congress

Northwest News Network | May 21, 2015 4:02 p.m.

A compromise plan to designate 275,000 acres of wilderness in central Idaho got a much-anticipated hearing in the U.S. Senate Thursday.


Idaho Lawmakers Pass Child Support Bill In One-Day Special Session

Northwest News Network | May 19, 2015 6:39 a.m.

It took an extra trip to Boise. But Idaho lawmakers Monday adopted new federal rules on child support after a whirlwind 11-hour session.


Child Support Bill Passes Idaho House Over Sovereignty Objections

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2015 5:25 p.m.

An Idaho House committee voted Monday to adopt federal requirements for child support enforcement between states and countries.


International Treaty On Child Support At Heart Of Idaho Special Session

Northwest News Network | May 14, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Dozens of countries, including the U.S., have agreed on how to handle child support payments when one parent is in a different country. But the state of...

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Spring Fires In Northwest Burning Hotter, Bigger Than Normal

Northwest News Network | May 11, 2015 4:30 p.m.

A couple of unseasonably large wildfires in the Northwest are giving crews an early taste of fire season.


Idaho Gay Marriage Ruling A Basis For Job Discrimination Suit

Northwest News Network | May 8, 2015 4:36 p.m.


Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants

Northwest News Network | May 5, 2015 7:29 a.m.

Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area, and 25 people are under quarantine.


Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

Northwest News Network | April 15, 2015 8:39 a.m.

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a...


Idaho Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase, Adjourn Session

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 8:28 a.m.

Idaho's gas tax is set to go up 7 cents per gallon under a bill now awaiting the governor's signature.


Child Support Issue Could Bring Idaho Lawmakers Back To Capitol

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 7:43 a.m.

The Idaho legislature adjourned its overtime session over the weekend.


Idaho Legislature Nears Gas Tax Deal, Adjournment

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2015 6:12 p.m.

Idaho's gas tax could go up 7 cents per gallon under a proposed deal between the House and Senate.


Day One Of Negotiations Over Idaho Roads Funding Ends Without Deal

Northwest News Network | April 9, 2015 5:13 p.m.

A special committee in the Idaho legislature assigned to find a compromise deal on roads funding ended the day Thursday with plenty of frustration but,...


Idaho Senate's Gas Tax Plan Is A No-Go In House

Northwest News Network | April 8, 2015 2:48 p.m.

A new roads funding plan emerged Tuesday in the Idaho legislature that includes a 10-cent hike in the gas tax.


Idaho Governor Vetoes 'Instant Racing' Repeal, Override Fails

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2015 9:21 a.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed a repeal of so-called "instant horse racing."


'Is This Seat Taken?' Carry-On Politics Of Idaho Lawmakers

Northwest News Network | April 6, 2015 10:21 a.m.

On Friday afternoons, the crowd at the B gates of the Boise Airport includes a lot of familiar faces from the Idaho capitol.


Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Boost Teacher Pay

Northwest News Network | April 2, 2015 4:31 p.m.

Idaho teachers could start seeing raises as soon as next fall after Governor Butch Otter signed a pay plan known as the "career ladder" into law Thursday.


Idaho Senate To Prepare Counter Offer To House On Roads Funding

Northwest News Network | April 2, 2015 3:44 p.m.

The Idaho Senate is teeing up for a new round of negotiations Monday on how to fund much-needed repairs on roads and bridges.


Idaho Senate Kills Tax Bill, Wants Different Approach To Funding Roads

Northwest News Network | March 31, 2015 4:51 p.m.

The Idaho Senate decided to kill a major overhaul to Idaho's tax system Tuesday.

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