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.

Munir Virani / The Peregrine Fund

A study by the Boise-based Peregrine Fund shows that many of the world's raptor species are in trouble. The research shows that more than half of the world's birds of prey species have declining populations.

Boise State University

The Physics Department at Boise State University wants to buy a digital planetarium to help teach kids about STEM. And they’re hoping to raise money to pay for the project.

Ranch Seeker / Flickr

A new study says wildlife-related activities on Bureau of Land Management land brings in millions of dollars to western states. 

The study found things like hunting, fishing and wildlife watching on BLM land brings in more than $3 billion in total economic output to 12 western states including Idaho.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A new $20 million grant will help three of the state’s top universities study how trout and sagebrush are adapting to changing environmental conditions. 


  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • We learn more about the "Stop the Bleed" campaign.
  • Community Kindness Day.

Idaho Humane Society

Animal hoarding is a complex and layered issue. Now a case in Boise is bringing the issue to light. Idaho Matters talks to Dr. Jeff Rosenthal with the Idaho Humane Society about the issue and about the Society's new building.

Vianney Le Caer/Invision / AP Photos

It's the time of year where we start seeing ads about upcoming movies that might be Oscar contenders. Boise Weekly Film Critic George Prentice got a sneak peek of some of these films at the Toronto International Film Festival and fills us in on what's worth seeing at the theatre. Will "A Star Is Born" sweep the Oscars?

  • Animal hoarding case sparks discussion with Idaho Humane Society.
  • The Toronto International Film Festival in review. 

Dave Bieter
Dave Bieter's Facebook Page / City of Boise


AP-Photo/HO

Every year in the U.S. hundreds of babies die from sleep-related causes. That includes everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to soft pillows and blankets. Every year, babies in Idaho die from these causes. Because some of these deaths can be prevented, health providers in the Gem State are putting together programs to make sure babies stay safe when they sleep. Idaho Matters talks with St. Luke's Hospital Director of Advocacy and Community Education Sherry Iverson about this issue. We also talk about National Child Passenger Safety Week. St. Luke's is providing free car seat checks around the state, find a list here.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie has been commissioned to design the new Boise Library main branch. Boise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem had the opportunity to sit down and discuss design with the designer and find out more about his ongoing fascination with libraries.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Officials who provide services to homeless people in the Treasure Valley say folks are falling into a crack in the system. People can’t stay at a shelter if they have a contagious illness. But there may be a solution.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP

A young grizzly bear found eating human food and hanging around people was trapped by Idaho Fish and Game and taken to a Texas wildlife sanctuary. The yearling was spending time in the Flat Rock and Coffee Pots campgrounds and near Mack's Inn in Eastern Idaho.

  • Two valley nonprofits look at ways to house the homeless.
  • Bigfoot!

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A federal fund that helps protect public recreation spaces in Idaho may not get renewed by Congress.

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