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.

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A one-of-a-kind house sits on what was once a barren promontory in Idaho’s Hagerman Valley. In the mid-1950s, landscape painter Archie Teater and his wife commissioned arguably the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a studio for them. While in safe hands at the moment, Matt Guilhem reports the future of the studio – and other notable buildings – is far from guaranteed. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

  • We talk to the Presidents of ISU and LCSC.
  • A new art exhibit in Sun Valley.

City of Meridian

The last time a comprehensive plan was created for Meridian was 2011, and 30 percent of Meridian's current population wasn't living there. That's why a new plan is coming together, and city officials want your input. We take a closer look on Idaho Matters.

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Last June, two bail bondsmen were arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in Caldwell. This case raised several issues, about bail agents, and what they can, or can't, do. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joins Idaho Matters to help clarify the issue.

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Idaho Artist James Castle's family home has been turned into a museum, shop and a space for an artist in residence. The first such artist, Keiran Brennan Hinton, moved in in May. We chat with him about observational painting.

"Me Too" has taken the world by storm, toppling movie stars and CEO's. Now an Idaho woman's "Me Too" experience has led her to write a children's book about the movement. We talk to Patty Costello about her book "Catalina and the King's Wall."

  • "Me Too" - now in a children's book.
  • The first artist in residence at the James Castle House.

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

Inciweb

Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

Lexi Lozano

Idaho body image activist Amy Pence-Brown has been part of the movement to get people to accept women's bodies as they are, not as some unreachable ideal. And now she's talking about age in the same way. Pence-Brown was featured in a Time article "Can Gen X Women Love Their Bodies?"

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There likely won't be any Lonesome Larry's this year. The first sockeye salmon of 2018 made it to Redfish Lake Creek on July 26.

  • Idaho Matters looks at veterans and the need for housing.
  • “Can Gen X Women Love Their Bodies?”

Terrorism is unfortunately a fact of life in the world we live in. But helping your child understand it so they can safe can be a difficult conversation to have. Psychiatrist and award-winning author Dr. Carole Lieberman believes talking to your kids about terrorism and school shootings is as important as the birds and bees talk. We talk to the doctor on Monday's Idaho Matters.

She's a former journalist, who wrote books on the side, until she took the plunge to become a full-time writer in 2015. Now Brenda Stanley is an author with eight books to her credit. When her novel, "The Color of Snow" did well, she decided to quit her job in journalism and focus on writing. Her latest book, "The Treasure of Cedar Creek" is a mystery/thriller, set in the Idaho wilderness.

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Idaho is one of the most accommodating states in the nation for facilitating surrogate pregnancies, so much so that it has becoming something of a destination industry. Idaho Matters looks at why state laws are amenable to surrogacy and how it helps couples looking to start families.

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