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.

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Idaho History
12:06 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Idaho's Legacy Comes To Life In 20th Century Photos

William Allen Stonebraker had a homestead of 409 acres in the Payette National Forest and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. His home in Stites, south of Kooskia, was featured in many photos. Here his brother Sumner fools around on the porch.
Credit University of Idaho Library

William Allen Stonebraker worked and played in the rugged central Idaho wilderness at the turn of the 20th century and he's left behind a unique legacy of photographs to tell his story. That photo collection has just been released by the University of Idaho Library.

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Election 2014
10:15 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Idaho Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off One Final Time Before Election Day

A.J. Balukoff, John Bujak and Butch Otter during Thursday night's Idaho Public Television debate. It was the candidates' final debate of the race.
Credit Idaho Public Television

In their last meeting before Tuesday's election, three men running to be Idaho's governor wasted no time in taking shots at each other's policies and ideas. The debate, hosted by Idaho Public Television, featured incumbent Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Democrat A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian John Bujak.

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2014 Election
4:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Many Young People Don't Vote, We Explain Why This Young Idahoan Does

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

It’s no secret that young voters are less likely to vote than older voters. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in every presidential election since 1964, 18-to 24-year-olds voted at lower rates than all other age groups. In the last mid-term election, 21.3 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds voted. The number was almost three times higher for those 65 and over.

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Election 2014
8:13 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Jones-Ybarra Education Debate Highlights Differences School Spending

Democrat Jana Jones, left, and Republican Sherri Ybarra, right.
Credit Idaho Public Television

The two candidates vying for the job of Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction faced off Tuesday night in a debate sponsored by Idaho Public Television. 

Republican Sherri Ybarra and Democrat Jana Jones are competing to replace Tom Luna, who's stepping down at the end of his current term. 

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Gay Marriage
2:29 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Idaho Veteran's Cemetery Will Bury Lesbian Couple

Idaho Veteran's Cemetery
Credit Idaho Air National Guard / Flickr

An Idaho Navy veteran, who wanted to be buried with her late wife, will get her wish.

The Spokesman-Review’s Eye on Boise blog reports the head of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery says there’s no longer a reason to keep the two apart. Madelynn Taylor has her wife Jean Mixner's ashes. She wanted to set up arrangements to have her ashes interred with Mixner's at the cemetery in Boise.

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Film
5:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

PBS Show Explores Coeur d'Alene, One Of The Whitest Towns In America

Credit Courtesy Futuro Media Group

It’s estimated that by 2043, white Americans will no longer be a majority of the U.S. population. But in Coeur d'Alene, Caucasians already make up a whopping 92 percent of the population. Nationally, whites total 63 percent of the population.

Coeur d'Alene has been homogeneous for the last 20 years as nearly 90 percent of new residents were white.

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Charity
12:42 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Idahoans Give More To Charity Than People In Most States

Credit Alex Proimos / Flickr

Idaho is a very charitable state. Idahoans gave more of their income to charity than every surrounding state, except Utah. But low-income Idahoans are giving away more of their hard-earned cash than the wealthy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy used Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data from 2006 to 2012 to find patterns of giving across the country.

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2014 Election
8:35 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Labrador, Ringo Debate Over Immigration, Gay Marriage Policy

Rep. Raul Labrador and state Rep. Shirley Ringo are debating to win Idaho's First Congressional District seat.
Credit Courtesy Idaho Public Television

Immigration reform and gay marriage were just two of the issues on the table Thursday night during the Idaho Public Television debate between candidates running for Idaho's First District Congressional seat.

Republican incumbent Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Shirley Ringo are vying for a chance to represent Idaho in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Election 2014
9:49 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Denney, Woodings Touch On Issue Of Closed Primaries During Statewide Debate

The two candidates running to be Idaho's next Secretary of State faced off Tuesday in a debate hosted by Idaho Public Television.  

State Representative Lawerence Denney of Midvale, a Republican, debated state Representative Holli Woodings of Boise, a Democrat.

In a debate Monday, Denney was reported as saying that primaries should not be run by the state government, but by political parties.  

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Obituary
9:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Idaho Rock Musician Paul Revere Dead At 76

Rock musician Paul Revere, known for his outlandish costumes and enthusiastic stage persona passed away Saturday in Idaho.
 

He was born Paul Revere Dick in 1938 in Nebraska and later came to Boise and Caldwell. He was a teenager in the 50s with a love of music. He started his first band, the Downbeats, which eventually became Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The group became the house band for the Dick Clark TV show “Where the Action Is,” and appeared on Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan and The Smothers Brothers.

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History
6:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Book Explores How The Railroad Built Nampa

The Oregon Short Line depot circa 1908. Railroads were the lifeblood of Nampa in the city's early history.
Credit Canyon County Historical Society

In 1885, southwestern Idaho's Nampa was just a water tower and a few shacks, but that quickly changed when the railroad came to town. A new book by historian Larry Cain examines the railroad's impact on Nampa, and how the city has changed.

Cain says the trains, and their cargo, are a big reason why Nampa thrived in the early part of the last century.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Ride-Share Service Uber Comes To Boise For Free Trial

Uber is coming to Boise, at least temporarily. The ride-sharing app, which connects passengers with drivers, starts a temporary free trail in the city Thursday.

Uber has been around since 2009 and operates in more than 200 cities worldwide.

It works like this: riders download an app on their phone, plug in a destination, and choose a driver to pick them up. Drivers use their own cars.

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Gas Prices
5:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

After Pricey Summer, Idaho's Gas Prices Headed Down

Credit Nathan Feir / Flickr

Gas prices are dropping in Idaho and around the nation. Following a regular trend, Idaho’s prices were higher this summer than the national average, but winter prices tend to be lower. One expert says there are several reasons why.

Idaho had the sixth highest gasoline price in the nation at certain times this year.

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Plate Tectonics
10:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

What An Idaho Researcher Learned About Jupiter's Moon

Artist's concept of one ice plate on Europa sliding beneath another plate.
Credit Noah Kroese (I:NK) / http://www.illustrationnk.com/

Could there be plate tectonics on other worlds? One former Idaho scientist thinks it’s possible. Until now, the movement of pieces of a planet’s crust was found nowhere else in the universe except Earth.

It was the late 1990s and University of Idaho planetary geologist Simon Kattenhorn was looking at one of Jupiter's moons named Europa. NASA’s Galileo orbiter took the pictures of it. Using those images, Kattenhorn discovered something remarkable.

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History
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Saved From Demolition, Boise’s Historic Bishop’s House Celebrates 125th Birthday

Historic photo of the Bishop's House at its original location on Front Street.
Credit Friends of the Bishop's House

A house that was once home to Episcopal Bishops and nurses, and was saved from demolition is celebrating its 125th year.

The Bishop’s House was built in 1889 and is one of Boise's oldest continuously-used buildings. It was remodeled 10 years later by well-known Idaho architect John Tourtellotte. He added several rooms, a three-story tower and a wrap-around porch which helped create the unique silhouette of the home.  

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Wolves
1:07 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Federal Judge Puts Wyoming Gray Wolves Back On Endangered Species List

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A federal judge has relisted gray wolves in Wyoming. USA Today reports Judge Amy Berman Jackson decided Tuesday wolves in Wyoming should go back on the Endangered Species List.

This isn't the first time Wyoming has had trouble with its wolf plan.

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Idaho News
7:50 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Boise Woman Continues Fight To Free Husband From Iranian Prison With Nationwide Vigils

Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Naghmeh Abedini says she misses her husband and fears for his safety. It’s been two years since Boise pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to an Iranian prison, accused of undermining state security by trying to establish a network of Christian churches in private homes.

His supporters will hold a prayer vigil for Saeed Friday.

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Air Quality
4:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

You Can Blame Idaho’s Smoky Skies On California

Credit National Weather Service

The air quality in the Treasure Valley has dropped from good to moderate, thanks to a change in winds that’s bringing in smoke from the south. The National Weather Service in Boise reports the sudden influx of smoke into Idaho is due to a change in the wind pattern.

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Scam
10:52 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Police Say Scammers Targeting Victims In Treasure Valley

Credit Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Con artists are giving new life to an old scam. The Boise Police Department is warning Treasure Valley residents to avoid becoming victims.

The Boise Police Department says scammers are using fear and the threat of arrest to get victims to part with their money. BPD first reported on a version of this scam last November.  Now they say scammers have escalated their efforts to con people out of money.

Here's how the scam works:

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Hunting
11:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Idaho Fish And Game Cracking Down On Illegal Spotlight Hunting

Credit Gary Beck / Flickr Creative Commons

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is cracking down on an illegal hunting practice known as "jacklighting." Hunters pull over to the side of a road at night, get out of the car and shine a high powered spotlight on a hillside. Any dear or elk are frozen in place by the sudden glare. Then the hunters shoot.

Fish and Game says the practice is dangerous and unethical, so the department is taking further action to catch and prosecute perpetrators.

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