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 Republican Leader Works To Craft Compromise Gay-Rights Bill

Northwest News Network | July 17, 2015 5:03 p.m.

A law that would protect gays from discrimination in Idaho could finally have Republican support in the legislature next year, after a decade. A...


Group Asks Idaho Cities To Change Local Gun Laws

Northwest News Network | July 13, 2015 7:17 a.m.

More than 30 cities and counties in Idaho have changed local laws on firearms or eliminated signage prohibiting guns in public places over the last year...


Spokane Faith Leaders Decry 'Death To Islam' Graffiti

Northwest News Network | July 9, 2015 4:17 p.m.

Muslim leaders and Christian clergy in Spokane are asking for a federal hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim graffiti discovered on the Fourth of...


Fire Crews Get Creative In Fight With Corner Creek Fire

Northwest News Network | July 6, 2015 4:18 p.m.

The Corner Creek Fire has burned 26,000 acres south of Dayville, Oregon. Wilderness rules prevent firefighters from using traditional means, like digging firelines and dropping retardant.


Fire Threatening Idaho Town Prompts Disaster Declaration

Northwest News Network | July 6, 2015 2:41 p.m.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter issued a disaster declaration Monday for two north Idaho counties dealing with a fast-growing wildfire.


Idaho Police Warily Eye Oregon's New Pot Law

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 5:27 p.m.

Idaho law enforcement say they've been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.


Witnesses Describe Escalation That Preceded Pasco Police Shooting

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 1:45 a.m.

People who knew Antonio Zambrano-Montes said he had been sad and depressed in the months before his death in Pasco, Washington. He was shot in February...


Tests Show Signs Of Drug Resistance In Some Northwest Gonorrhea Cases

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2015 3:49 p.m.

Public health officials say the rise in cases of the STD gonorrhea has continued unabated this year in much of the Northwest.


Northwest Has Witnessed Dramatic Shifts In Gay Marriage Views

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 4:52 p.m.

Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage reflects a remarkable shift in Americans' personal views, just in the last decade.


Northwest Statehouses Respond to Gay Marriage Ruling

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 11:51 a.m.

Northwest politicians reacted Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.


Gay Marriage To Remain Legal In Idaho After Supreme Court Ruling

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 8:47 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry in every state.


Outdoor Sporting Events On Heat Alert This Weekend

Northwest News Network | June 25, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend as temperatures could surpass 100 degrees.


Tough Issues Of Race In Northwest Outlast Rachel Dolezal's 15 Minutes Of Fame

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2015 7:23 a.m.

In the last week, Spokane, Washington, has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national...


Investigation Finds Dolezal Engaged In Harassment, Bias On Citizen Panel

Northwest News Network | June 17, 2015 4:18 p.m.

The former NAACP chapter president at the center of a controversy about her race also engaged in misconduct as the head of a police oversight committee.


Members Of Spokane's Black Community Rally For 'Integrity' After Dolezal

Northwest News Network | June 16, 2015 7 a.m.

At a Monday night rally in downtown Spokane, members of the city's black community said they want to put former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal behind...


Dolezal Steps Down From NAACP Amid Controversy Over Identity

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 2:11 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she's stepping down from her post.


Meeting Where Dolezal Expected To Speak Now Postponed

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 7:12 a.m.

A planned meeting Monday where Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal was supposed to give an explanation to members has been postponed.


Spokane NAACP Stands By Dolezal, Waits For Explanation

Northwest News Network | June 12, 2015 3:50 p.m.

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.


Mothers Of Teen Suicide Victims Work To Put A Face To Idaho's High Rates

Northwest News Network | June 12, 2015 7:01 a.m.

Idaho ranks consistently among the top states with the highest rates of youth suicide in the nation.


Drought Conditions Reach Unexpected Corners Of Northwest

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2015 4:37 p.m.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows almost all of eastern Oregon and parts of eastern Washington are now in severe drought.

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