Washington, D.C.  20549

                                  FORM 8-K

                               CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)       May 2, 2005

                          Washington Federal, Inc.
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

  Washington                           0-25454                     91-1661606
(State or other jurisdiction    (Commission File Number)        (IRS Employer
of incorporation)                                          Identification No.)

425 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington                                 98101
(Address of principal executive offices)                           (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code       (206) 624-7930

                              Not Applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last

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Item 7.01.   Regulation FD Disclosure

Washington Federal CEO to Speak at Upcoming Investor Conference

SEATTLE - Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFSL) President & CEO 
Roy M. Whitehead will present at D.A. Davidson's Seventh Annual 
Financial Services Investor Conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 
in Seattle.

Whitehead's presentation is scheduled to be held at 11:00 a.m. 
Pacific Time at Seattle's Bell Harbor Conference Center.

The presentation will be posted on the Company's website 
www.washingtonfederal.com following the presentation.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington since 1917, Washington 
Federal provides loans secured by residential real estate, 
along with checking, savings, money market accounts and 
certificates of deposit.  The company operates 121 branches 
located in the seven western states.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                  WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC.

Dated: May 2, 2005                By:      /s/ Brent J. Beardall
                                           Brent J. Beardall
                                           Senior Vice President and
                                           Chief Financial Officer