Scott Graf

News Director

Scott comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for the past eight years. He began his new position as Morning Edition Host/Senior Editor for BSPR in 2012.

Scott is a multi-award winning host and reporter who was named the North Carolina Journalist of the Year in 2007. He has produced several feature stories for NPR news magazines and he contributes to WBUR's “Only a Game” sports program.

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Events
12:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Author Salman Rushdie Gives Free Talk At Boise State Thursday

Salman Rushdie is a British Indian writer whose fourth novel "The Satanic Verses," published in 1988 forced him into hiding after Iranian leaders issued a fatwa - essentially a death sentence - against Rushdie.
Credit Alexander Baxevanis / Flickr Creative Commons

The internationally-known author Salman Rushdie will speak in Boise Thursday evening during a free event at Boise State University. 

Rushdie’s 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” led to the leader of Iran putting a bounty on the author’s head. Iranian hardliners continue to vow to kill Rushdie.     

In April, the threat prompted police in Ohio to check for bombs in a venue where Rushdie was scheduled to speak.

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Environment
4:31 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Treasure Valley's First Seasonal Inversion Arrives Early

This image of a Treasure Valley inversion was taken back in 2013.
Credit Jay Breidenbach / National Weather Service

Treasure Valley residents still dealing with the aftermath of last week's record-setting snowfall now have an inversion on their hands, too.

The National Weather Service in Boise says the inversion set up Sunday. Meteorologist Bill Wojcik says it's likely to last through Saturday when winds from a new system disrupt the layering of warm air over cold. He says the inversion - the first of the season - reaches 10,000 feet into the atmosphere.

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Outdoor Recreation
4:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Snow Totals Low On Bogus Basin, Chances For Saturday Opening Now 'Slim'

Bogus Basin in Dec. 2013.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 14:

Those who operate Bogus Basin ski area say they're now "in wait-and-see" mode. Snow totals have been on the low side of forecasters' predictions for the mountain.

General Manager Alan Moore says the ski hill needs three or four more inches of packable snow in order to open a limited number of runs this weekend.

"At this point, without more snow, we're not opening," Moore said Friday afternoon. "And as of right now it's not snowing."

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Gay Rights
2:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

LGBT Equality Rankings Show Mixed Results For Idaho Cities

Add The Words protestors at the state capitol in Boise in February. As the Add The Words campaign has stalled at the state level, nine individual cities and towns in the state have passed LGBT protections.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / For Boise State Public Radio

Four Idaho cities have made the latest rankings of a national group that advocates for the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people. 

The Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign released its third annual Municipal Equality Index Wednesday. Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian and Nampa are among the 353 cities ranked. The organization assigns cities a score based on "LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy." It examines 47 different criteria in six categories.

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Military
11:32 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Two Idaho National Guard Pilots Die In Helicopter Crash Near Boise Airport

CW4 Jon Hartway and CW4 Stien Gearheart died when their Apache helicopter crashed during a training mission in Boise.
Credit Idaho National Guard

This story was updated Nov. 7 at 12:00 p.m.

The Idaho National Guard has identified the two soldiers who were killed Thursday near Gowen Field when their Apache helicopter crashed.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stien P. Gearheart, 50, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jon L. Hartway, 43, were killed when the helicopter they were piloting crashed during night training. Gearheart was from Meridian, Hartway was from Kuna. 

The Guard says both men were part of the 1-183rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion based in Boise.

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Election 2014
11:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Shows Idaho GOP's Wounds Healing, Democrats Still Struggling

A.J. Balukoff put nearly $3.2 million of his own money into his campaign. Balukoff lost to two-term incumbent Gov. Butch Otter.
Credit Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Tuesday’s elections revealed two political parties headed in different directions in Idaho.

For the GOP, the sweep of statewide races was a step in healing wounds opened during a contentious summer. But Democrats’ optimism gave way to the stark reality that they continue to struggle for competitiveness in one of the reddest states in the country.

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Election 2014
9:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Idaho Republicans Sweep Statewide Elections

Republicans Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson congratulate each other on a successful election. Simpson was elected to his ninth term, Risch, his second.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated on Nov. 5 at 7:50 a.m.

Idaho Republicans have swept the state's top elected offices and seats in Congress. In addition to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter being elected to a rare consecutive three-year term, every down-ticket race also went to Otter's Republican colleagues.

Secretary of State

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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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Agriculture
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New Study Reaffirms The Big Role Dairy Plays In Idaho's Economy

Credit UGA College of Ag / Flickr

Idaho dairy producers are touting a new study that again shows the substantial role the dairy industry plays in the state’s economy. 

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Election 2014
6:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Republican Ybarra Dismisses Controversies As 'Campaign Rhetoric'

Sherri Ybarra
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Republican Sherri Ybarra says her at-times bumpy campaign for Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction is a result of increased public scrutiny on a political newcomer. But the school administrator from Mountain Home says she understands the focus that's on her comes with a run for public office.

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Election 2014
9:49 am
Mon October 20, 2014

What's The Biggest Issue Facing Idaho Schools? Jana Jones Says There Are Two

Jana Jones ran for superintendent of schools in 2006 and was defeated by Tom Luna.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Democrat running to be Idaho’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction says funding and low morale are the two biggest issues facing Idaho’s schools.

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Gay Marriage
2:05 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Listen To Boise's Gay Marriage Celebration In 60 Seconds

Boise Gay Men's chorus.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

As same-sex couples and their supporters gathered at the Ada County Courthouse Wednesday in Boise, a party atmosphere soon took hold as couples would exit the building with marriage licenses in-hand.

The Boise Gay Men's chorus was there to sing. Hundreds of supporters lined the sidewalks in front of the courthouse ready to cheer. There were no protestors.

Here are some sounds from the scene.

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Gay Marriage
6:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Is Idaho's Gay Marriage Case Unique Enough To Yield A Different Supreme Court Decision?

Credit David / Flickr Creative Commons

A reporter for the blog covering the Supreme Court, "Scotusblog" says the state of Idaho likely faces an uphill battle in convincing justices that their case against gay marriage is any different than the seven states the court turned away Monday.

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Public Safety
6:34 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Boise State Hosts Forum On Campus Safety After Repeated Prowler Sightings

Reports of prowlers have been reported near campus in recent weeks.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

After several weeks of reported prowler sightings on and around the Boise State University campus, officials will host an information session Wednesday for those in the campus community who may be concerned with their safety.

The university announced the forum in an email Tuesday morning. Police again investigated calls early Tuesday regarding suspicious people on and around campus.  A prowler has been reported in women's bedrooms.

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Gay Marriage
2:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Live Blog: Supreme Court Lifts Hold On Same-Sex Weddings In Idaho, 9th Wants To Hear From State

Machelle Migneault and her partner embraced in line to get a marriage license Oct. 10, 2014.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 9:16 p.m.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now given the state of Idaho until 1 p.m. MDT Monday to respond to this evening's motion from the plaintiffs in the case.  The plaintiffs have until 6 p.m. MDT Monday to reply to that response.

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Economy
1:49 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Boise Airport Wins Grant To Help Secure East Coast Flights

The federal government has awarded the Boise Airport $700,000 to help secure direct flights to the eastern U.S.

The airport applied for the Department of Transportation grant over the summer.  A similar application last year was not successful.

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Wildfires
5:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Forest Service Budget Covers Firefighting Costs For First Time In 3 Years

Credit U.S. Forest Service

 A slow wildfire season in the U.S. means the Forest Service won’t have to dip into other parts of its budget to cover firefighting expenses. The federal government’s fiscal year ends Tuesday. It’s the first time in three years the agency’s firefighting allotment will cover actual costs.

The Forest Service exceeded its firefighting budget by $505 million last summer, and $440 million the year before.

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Media
3:47 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Idaho Public TV Plans 'Vigorous' Fight Against Rules For Filming Public Land

Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest.
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho Public Television plans to fight the U.S Forest Service over a proposal that would require its camera crews to ask government permission before filming on public land.

The Forest Service first introduced the rule four years ago as a means of protecting public lands from commercial interests.

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Sports + Recreation
11:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

College Of Idaho Football Returns, Presents 'Refreshing' Option For Fans

Credit College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. 

Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. 

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Defense Department Detonates Explosives In Eastern Idaho Rock Bed

Credit Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Something unusual happened Thursday near Newdale in eastern Idaho. The Department of Defense detonated more than 200 pounds of explosives deep underground near the old Teton Dam site.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an anti-terrorism branch of the government founded in 1998, says it wanted to conduct the test to better understand how the specific rock type found in that area absorbs shock waves.

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