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.

BOISE, Id – Idaho soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team have spent the last nine months in Iraq.  Now they’re flying back in small groups. They first arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.  There the soldiers go through what’s known as “out-processing” for about ten days.  They get a health check, turn in their weapons, and figure out legal and personnel issues.   Scott Ki is at Lewis McChord today to talk to the soldiers who are coming home.  I asked him what a typical day on the base was like.

BOISE, Id – The bi-partisan group tasked with re-tooling Idaho’s congressional and legislative lines, couldn’t wrap up business by Tuesday’s deadline.  The Commission’s failure kicks the whole redistricting process up to the justices sitting on the bench of the Idaho Supreme Court. Today the Secretary of State asked the Court to bring the commission back for up to sixty days. Meanwhile Republican commissioners asked the justices to adopt the GOP maps or reconvene the commission for three days.

 

BOISE, Id – A movie that airs tonight in the Treasure Valley chronicles the story of a Florida college professor diagnosed with lymphoma.  John Kaplan was diagnosed with two forms of cancer in 2008.  He began the long journey into cancer treatment carrying a camera, which he used to document his experience.

 

BOISE, Id –The Idaho Redistricting Commission did not meet the 5 o’clock deadline this afternoon to draw a Legislative and Congressional map.  Today is the three month deadline for the bi-partisan commission.  Throughout the day, Commissioners switched between anger and compromise.  Republican Lou Esposito, was repeatedly frustrated when he looked at several contested districts.

Lou Esposito “The only way to describe this is just an abomination for political advantage.  I don’t know how else to even characterize this.”

No New Maps

Sep 6, 2011

 

BOISE, Id – The Idaho Redistricting Commission couldn’t meet its Tuesday afternoon deadline.  Despite three months of negotiations, Commissioners called it quits and walked out of the Statehouse without an agreement.

 

BOISE, Id – The Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed its doors at a flag-lowering ceremony over the weekend.  The 102-year-old Washington D-C facility will be folded into other medical centers as part of a consolidation effort. Tens of thousands of wounded military men and women have passed through Walter Reed.  Samantha Wright talks to one Idaho Marine who spent time there.

 

When you first meet Josh Callihan you wouldn’t know that ten years ago he was severely injured in the line of duty.

 

BOISE, Id – More than 19-thousand Idaho homeowners got a foreclosure notice in the mail last year.  Those notices created some confusion for many homeowners.  A new law, which goes into effect Thursday, gives consumers more tools to try and save their home.

Idaho ranked eighth in the nation last year in foreclosure filings.  As the notices flooded in, so did complaints from homeowners.

Brett Delange “We have a lot of people in foreclosure and it’s not a problem that’s going to go away quickly or easily and it’s gonna be with us for a while.”

 

BOISE, Id – Idaho is last in the nation when it comes to getting screened for breast cancer.  Emily Simnitt is with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  Simnitt says more than 120-thousand Idaho women over forty have not had a mammogram in the last two years.  That’s a problem, because early detection can increase the chances of survival.

 

BOISE, Id – Last Monday, Idaho’s Redistricting Commission was at an impasse.  Members could not agree on a plan to redraw the state’s legislative boundaries.  As their September deadline looms, time is running out.  What happens if Commissioners fail?

 

BOISE, Id – Five injured military veterans begin a new phase of their life in Boise today.  They’re all going to college, thanks to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.  Jeff Bacon is the Executive Director.

Jeff Bacon “Whatever they want to do, if they want to be a plumber, we want them to be a good plumber and if they want to be a U-S Congressman someday, we want to give them the tools to be able to do that.”

 

BOISE, Id – The U-S Military provides rehabilitation when a veteran is severely wounded.  But once they get military, veterans are often left without a support system or plans for the future.   One Idaho group wants to change that.

Jeff Bacon is a retired Naval Officer with 26 years of service.  He works with the USO and on trips to Iraq he met injured warriors who inspired him.

BOISE, ID – Five injured military veterans begin a new phase of their life in Boise today.  They’re all going to college, thanks to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Jeff Bacon is the Executive Director.

Jeff Bacon“Whatever they want to do, if they want to be a plumber, we want them to be a good plumber and if they want to be a U-S Congressman someday, we want to give them the tools to be able to do that.”

 

BOISE, Id – Scientists can use DNA from hair, saliva, even scat to track a bear or a mountain lion.  But it’s a lot harder to track and study say a frog, until now.

Salamanders are shy so it’s tough for scientists to find them in a lake or stream.  So researchers at the University of Idaho teamed up with the U-S Geological Survey to find a new way to track salamanders and other animals under water.

Lisette Waits “The key thing that’s happening is we’re extracting DNA from cells that the organism has left behind.”

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