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.

Dave Crawforth / Preservation Idaho

Every year, the nonprofit group Preservation Idaho puts on its Heritage Home Tour, spotlighting unique neighborhoods around Boise. This Sunday’s 15th annual tour takes us to the Randolph Robertson neighborhood on the Bench.

Jim Peaco | Yellowstone National Park / Flickr Creative Commons

Wolf hunting opens up this weekend in Wyoming for the first time since 2013. That’s after the state regained management of the animals.

Bowe Bergdahl
Ted Richardson / AP Images

The Latest on the pretrial hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's accused of endangering other soldiers by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

A military judge has denied efforts by Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to gather more information on discussions between a prosecutor and the Trump administration.


Zoo Boise

Just four months after he celebrated 20 years at Zoo Boise, Executive Director Steve Burns says he’s leaving the familiar attraction.

College of Idaho/Boise State University

Professors at Boise State University and the College of Idaho have found a new species of plant that’s been hiding in plain sight in the Boise Foothills.

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.

capitol, statehouse, idaho
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.