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.

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This week, the Sierra Club released a list of cities around the country that have made a commitment to green energy. Among them are bigger metros like Atlanta and Portland – as well as smaller cities like Pueblo and Boulder, Colorado. Nearby Salt Lake City also made the cut.

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Jeffrey McMorris will administer HUD in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Most recently McMorris was the chief of staff for a King County councilmember in Washington State, where he oversaw budgeting, policy and communications.


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Senior political science student Eva Rodriguez is one of 10 students selected to serve on a national advisory council with the Association of American University Women. The group promotes gender equity at universities.


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The Air Force is throwing its weight behind a new stealth fighter. The military may choose Boise to be one of the bases for the F-35. But what exactly does the F-35 do in battle?


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Marilyn Frazier pours freshly steeped tea at her kitchen table. Amid the cookies and bright tangerines she’s laid out, the retiree has a notebook full of concerns about a new military plane that could soon be based in Boise.

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Last week, a military judge decided against giving Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl a prison sentence. Even though he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, Bergdahl was granted leniency by Army Colonel Jeffery Nance.

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Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl will serve no time in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Army solider walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by a group connected to the Taliban.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County Clerk Chris Rich plans to retire after his second term ends January 7, 2019. The position oversees a range of daily government tasks – everything from managing the county budget to making sure elections run smoothly.


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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter made a controversial flight mission at Gowen Field and other projects the focal point of his vision for 2018.


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The iconic (and wonderfully kitschy) six-ton potato that travels the country representing the Idaho Potato Commission is going into retirement.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Applications are open for a new community advisory panel with the Boise Police Department. The idea is to build trust between the police and the people they serve.

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Rita Thara-Yenga has a lot to celebrate these days. The refugee was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but recently became an American citizen.

Rocky Barker / Idaho Statesman

During the 1970 gubernatorial race, Democrat Cecil Andrus made saving Castle Peak from mining a key issue in his campaign.

Matthew Mead / AP Images

At this time of year, the culinary arts students at the Centennial Job Corps Center in Nampa usually turn their attention to turkey. Hundreds of the birds are cooked in the center’s production kitchen – along with stuffing and potatoes – and are stored until the Boise Rescue Mission’s annual banquet. The meal serves up to 4,000 people.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State researcher Vanessa Fry has done a lot of work on the issue chronic homelessness among adults. Fry’s research helped lead the City of Boise to launch its “housing first” initiative – a 41-unit building that will offer medical and social services to residents in 2018.


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