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 has had a cool, wet spring, while the desert southwest is dry and hot. Arizona’s seeing some of the largest wildfires in its history. That’s includes the Horseshoe 2 blaze in the southeast part of the state. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports with so much of the state on fire, Arizona called for help, and firefighters from Idaho responded.

Over the next three months, Redistricting Commissioners will redraw the political boundaries. The goal is to make the districts as fair and even as possible. But inevitably, someone somewhere won’t like the final plan. And they’ll sue. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports on why that is.

It's a case full of twists and turns, involving a public official and a lot of money. In 1996 Phil Hart stopped paying his income taxes. He claimed they were unconstitutional. Since then, Hart's been elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. He faced an ethics investigation from his legislative colleagues. Now he's appealing his state tax case to the Idaho Supreme Court.

Since last June, Spokesman Review Reporter Betsy Russell has followed his story. She told Boise State Public Radio's Samantha Wright how it all got started.

Here’s a question. Are you more likely to lose weight if you watch the TV show “Biggest Loser” and see contestants dropping pounds. An Idaho State Professor says maybe not. In fact, identifying with those contestants may make you LESS motivated to lose weight. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports it all comes down to how your brain motivates you.

Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward has written about everything from judging fruitcakes to haunted houses to personal stories about his family. And we’re not kidding when we say he’s written thousands of columns. Wednesday, after 40 years on the job, he retires. Woodward told Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright that his career, like many journalists, began with getting his journalism degree…

Meridian Levy Fails

May 23, 2011

A number of school districts around Idaho asked for more money for education in Tuesday's election. A few passed in places like Wilder, Parma, and Cassia County. Many did not, including the state's largest school district, Meridian. As Boise State Public Radio's Samantha Wright reports, voters said NO to a 37-million dollar supplemental levy.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15 to 34 and for boys age 10 to 14. And it’s a problem that few people feel comfortable talking about. But one woman is talking, telling her painful story in the hopes she can reach others, and prevent tragedies like hers from happening. In Part Two of our series “Suicide in Idaho: Small State Big Numbers,” Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright has her story.