Samantha Wright

News Reporter/Show Producer

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and the host for Boise State Public Radio's new weekly podcast, "Legislative Breakdown".

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.

Idaho Humane Society

For two weeks, workers from the Idaho Humane Society have been trying to find a missing pet.

Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Legislature has drafted its first bill for the 2018 session and it concerns a familiar issue from last year.

Kimberlee Kruesi / AP Photo

Money, power, humility and budgets - that’s this week’s episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Representative Maxine Bell of Jerome.

Butch Otter
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Butch Otter outlined his priorities during the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session during Monday’s State of the State address. He detailed both his budget proposal and the issues he wants to concentrate on during his last year in office.

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) signed an Executive Order Friday that would allow insurance companies to create new health care plans that shave off some of the requirements of the Affordable Health Care Act.

Bruce Fingerhood / Flickr

Next week marks the start of the 2018 Idaho Legislature. While Governor Butch Otter will kick it off Monday with his final State of the State Address, the legislature will be looking at issues like education and children’s health care, with election year politics mixed in.

Bruce Newcomb

Taxes, legislator squabbles, herding cats and goat rodeos make up this week’s episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest former Idaho House Speaker Bruce Newcomb.

Idaho Power Company

2017 was a good year for White Sturgeon in the middle fork of the Snake River. But a changing climate may mean years like that one will be harder to find.


Kathy Lopez / Intermountain Bird Observatory

A study that started in Idaho is expanding across eight western states in an effort to help imperiled short-eared owls. Little is known about these unique birds.

Snake River Alliance

Last year, we told you about a program designed to get more people to put solar panels on their roof. The program called its second year successful, but it’s not clear if it'll continue.

David Gassel / Idaho Fish and Game

A picture is worth ... 9.04 pounds.

In this case, Meridian fisherman Dave Gassel reeled in this largescale sucker and broke the record in Idaho. He pulled the fish out of Lake Cascade.

Idaho Power

It's an annual tradition in southern Idaho. 'Sonny Claus' dons his Santa suit and sits down with area kids who can't hear, using sign language to communicate their Christmas wishes.

Your Health Idaho

Friday is the last day to sign up for a health plan under Idaho’s insurance exchange.

April Mantha

Students at the College of Western Idaho have wrapped up a five-year project of mapping and recording hundreds of petroglyphs in Celebration Park near Melba.

A science class at Boise State University is hosting its own storytelling podcast. Part of the goal is to show that science nerds are people too.

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