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.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Athletes looking to make their mark on the X Games qualifying competition in Boise this summer have been announced. Dozens of women and men will skateboard at Rhodes Park June 15-16, the second year in a row the competition has been held at the Treasure Valley park.

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The Black Canyon Dam was built in 1924 on the Payette River northeast of Emmett. The two original generators create 10 megawatts of power and help protect against flooding. The Bureau of Reclamation was planning to install a third power plant at Black Canyon, but the project is now on hold.


Larry Moore / Idaho Bureau of Land Managment

After the Soda Fire ate up nearly 280,000 acres in the southwest corner of Idaho and eastern Oregon in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management launched expansive efforts to rehabilitate the land.


Idaho Statesman file

Next Friday, the City of Boise Parking Services will launch a month-long curbside pick-up and drop-off zone in downtown during weekend nights. The pilot project is meant to keep congestion at bay between 5th Street and 6th Street on Main Street.

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Water managers in charge of monitoring the largest aquifer in Idaho have lots to celebrate these days.

“It’s been a really amazing year," says Wesley Hipke with the Idaho Water Resource Board. "At this point in time, we’re constantly setting new records.”

Tyler Jones / Florida Sea Grant

Rain and melting snow has lead to washed out roads and significant repair bills in south central and eastern Idaho.

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Even if the weather doesn’t feel particularly springy, AAA Idaho says you only have to look at gas station signs to know what time of year it is. Prices at Gem State pumps rose by 16 cents per gallon in the last week – putting it on the list of 10 most expensive states for fuel.

Amanda Morgan / Treefort Music Fest

Although he doesn’t have exact attendance numbers yet, festival director Eric Gilbert says the event grew again. Last year, 17,000 people attended Treefort.

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.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

Matthew Wordell / Treefort Music Fest

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?

Kara Frame / NPR

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.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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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