Samantha Wright

News Reporter/On-air Host

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and the local host for Boise State Public Radio's All Things Considered on weekday afternoons.

Her spot reporting, special projects, and audio production have been featured on Voice of America, National Public Radio News, This American Life, National Native News, the Northwest Radio Network and on The New York Times website. Samantha earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound for her feature “Co-op Cooks.”  She also earned a first place award for Use of Sound for her feature “Canning Makes a Comeback” from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Samantha was a co-producer of the Idaho StoryCorps Project. The project was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ada County Statehouse Capitol Building Entrance Steps Bell
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The city of Boise and a group of partner agencies broke ground Wednesday on a new housing development designed to help the chronically homeless in the community.


InciWeb / AP

Snow fell this week in Brundage, Stanley and at Bogus Basin. The wet weather in Idaho is good news for wildfires that continue to burn. Now we look at the costs of this year’s fire season.


Ken and Debbie Newman

We’ve been following the story of “The Last Whistle,” a bronze sculpture by an Idaho artist who travels the country in an RV. Now the “Whistle” has a new permanent home in Michigan.

Zoo Boise

Tafari, Zoo Boise’s new giraffe, has arrived. The two-year-old giraffe from the Milwaukee County Zoo will join Jabari at Zoo Boise.

Idaho Power

Earlier this month, two Idaho Power linemen made a high-altitude rescue of a young osprey at Swan Falls Dam.

Robert Scott of Boise and his wife were fishing when they noticed a juvenile bird high up in a nest on top of a power pole. The bird was trying to fly but was stuck on some baling twine inside the nest. Scott said the parents of the bird were shrieking and flying around the nest. He found a maintenance worker from Idaho Power and explained the problem. The worker radioed for help.

Photo courtesy of Corina Tarnita

A team lead by the University of Idaho is studying the survival of antelope in Mozambique, Africa.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A new pilot project will let people from around the state testify at public legislative hearings without having to come all the way to Boise.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The entire state of Idaho is under an air quality advisory - thanks to smoke from wildfires – for the first time since August of 2015.


Brian Jackson / Boise State University

Dust devils, those updrafts of rotating air you see in parking lots or in the desert, have been studied by scientists since the mid-19th century. But the science has seen a resurgence since the 1970’s when humans started sending spacecraft to Mars, where dust devils have been found in abundance. Scientists hope to learn more about the devils on the red planet by looking closer at the phenomenon here.


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Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus died on Thursday, after years in political office and public service. He was a Democratic Governor in a state with a Republican legislature, but still managed to get things done.


AP Photo / Kimberlee Kruesi

Editor's note: Author Charles Murray has repeatedly rejected characterizations that he is a white supremacist. We've updated the story to make that clear.

A group that protested an Idaho appearance by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week is planning a different kind of demonstration against a speech by a controversial author this weekend.


Clipp2nd / Flickr

A federal judge has ruled that the Idaho Department of Correction must provide Kosher meals to prisoners in any of their facilities. The lawsuit came about after prisoners went on a starvation diet at Passover this year.


The Spokesman Review

This story originally aired on Februray 13, 2017.

It’s been 25 years since the Ruby Ridge siege in North Idaho. Randy Weaver and his family faced off with federal agents in a shocking stand-off on a mountain top not far from Bonners Ferry.

The siege began on August 21, 1992 and lasted 11 days. In the end, Weaver and a friend were shot and injured, and three people were dead, including Weaver’s wife and young son and a federal agent. Moreover, the incident became a rallying cry for those who felt law enforcement had overstepped its bounds.

Roger Phillips / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Many of the fish that return to Idaho from the Pacific Ocean are struggling. Idaho Fish and Game has called this year’s salmon fishing “disappointing.” And the Department just closed steelhead fishing statewide except for catch-and-release. So we asked why the fish aren’t coming home.

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