Frankie Barnhill

News Reporter

Frankie Barnhill is a general assignment reporter for Boise State Public Radio. Her work has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

She earned her production chops at American Public Media, where she interned for Marketplace Tech Report and American RadioWorks. Frankie was also a researcher in Minnesota Public Radio's newsroom for an investigative report on bullying.

As a freelance reporter in 2014, Frankie won a grant to profile five emerging artists for Boise State Public Radio's audience. The project, entitled "Artist Statement," was an exploration of Boise's burgeoning artistic scene.

Frankie was a fellow with the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources in 2013 and again in 2015, where she began to hone her environmental reporting skills.

Frankie graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a degree in English literature. The Missoula native spends most of her free time quoting "30 Rock" and going to concerts.

Matthew Wordell / Treefort Music Fest

Congratulations! You've made it to the weekend, and if you're planning on checking out Treefort Music Fest, we've got you covered.

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Last summer, a group at Harvard came together to try and solve the issue of cybersecurity and the American ballot box. The bipartisan group has spent the last several months researching vulnerabilities in state and local elections.

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Boise’s Treefort Music Fest is expected to bring more than 15,000 people into downtown this weekend. So how do Boise cops handle all the increased traffic?

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Lauren Ober has listened to thousands and thousands of podcasts in the last couple years – it’s pretty much in her job description. She’s the host of “The Big Listen,” an NPR show about podcasts. Ober says the booming medium shows no sign of slowing down.

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You’ve likely heard of food deserts — maybe you've even heard of news deserts. But classical music deserts? The New York City-based Piatigorsky Foundation has made it their mission to bring classical music to underserved communities, including in rural Idaho.

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Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 Idaho students took over the steps at the state capitol in Boise. They were there to protest state and national gun laws after the deadly school shooting in Florida last month.

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Those early March snowstorms did a lot to keep Idaho mountains blanketed, helping to make up the difference for low snow levels earlier this year. According to Ron Abramovich with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho farmers are in good shape.

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The Treasure Valley’s bus system serves more than one million passengers every year. But with the region’s population growing rapidly, transit planners want to quadruple the system in the next 20 years.

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Tuesday, the Idaho House rejected a bill that would have barred people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning guns for two years. Similar laws have been passed in 28 states, including the Republican dominated Utah Legislature.

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The Dara’ang are a group of refugees from Myanmar, now living in Thailand. The ethnic minority fled from their home after decades of political oppression and a violent drug trade. They’ve carved out a new life in their adoptive home, many becoming elephant trainers in Thailand.

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Right now, Idaho homeowners who install rooftop solar panels receive credits for any extra energy they generate. But Idaho Power is looking to change that system, setting up a fight between the company and solar power advocates.

Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

With Treefort Music Fest just a few weeks away (March 21-25), music fans still have time to nail down their must-sees. But if you’re overwhelmed looking at the 400+ bands that will take over downtown Boise, the sonic buffs at NPR Music might be helpful in getting you started. Here's a look at some of the Treefort artists the music guides have recently reviewed.

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In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he wanted to create 13 distinct regions of the country, with the intention of decentralizing the D.C.-based agency.

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Idaho Fish and Game sells almost two million hunting and fishing licenses every year. Since 2007, they’ve contracted with Active Network, a vendor based in Texas. According to Administration Bureau Chief Michael Pearson, the department began looking into other options a couple years ago.

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President Donald Trump has suggested arming teachers around the country after last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

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