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.

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As the City of Boise prepares to open up the James Castle House this week to the public, the workers restoring the property say they have found new work by the artist hidden behind the walls of the home.

Bureau of Land Management

The federal government has signed off on the final routes on public land for a 990-mile-long power line across Idaho and Wyoming.

Jenny Kane / AP Photo

As last minute tax filers line up at the post office, the Idaho State Tax Commission is offering some advice for folks who may become a victim of identity theft tax scams this year.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idahoans are getting sick from eating chopped romaine lettuce. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says E. coli infections are linked to lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.

A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public, but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.


Jim Urquhart / AP Photo

Idaho Fish and Game is gathering public comment next week on a proposed grizzly bear hunt. Many hunters favor the idea of a hunt, with certain conditions.

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The South Fork of the Salmon River just made the list of America’s most endangered rivers of 2018.


Jeff Trollip

Zoo Boise broke ground on a new exhibit last week, highlighting their partnership with a wildlife park in Africa.

John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A University of Idaho scientist is working on a project that could be the next NASA mission to Saturn’s moon Titan.


Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

You may have heard of local used bookstores closing up and disappearing from the Treasure Valley. It’s not a new phenomenon. And as more stores shut down, people still hungry for physical books are turning to other sources to meet that demand.


Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Idaho’s economy relies heavily on agriculture and farmers need good soil to keep their crops growing. But keeping soil healthy is a challenge around the globe and in Idaho.

J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

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After 80 days of wrangling, bargaining and lawmaking, Idaho’s 2018 legislative session wrapped up this week.

We take a look at what didn’t get done during the session and why. Lawmakers failed to take up a health care bill, continued to ignore the Add the Words campaign and didn’t reconsider a grocery tax repeal.

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Three-term state Representative Hy Kloc was noticeably absent this year from the Idaho Legislature. It wasn’t until earlier this month that he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and wouldn't be seeking re-election.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Federal water managers will increase the flow in the Boise River, again, Monday.

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