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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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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One Idaho professor is on the hunt for two lost novels written by one of America's seminal poets, which may have been hidden for more than 100 years.

Idaho Fish and Game

Selfies with mountain goats are not cool. That’s the message from Idaho Fish and Game. Officials are stressing the “wild” part of wild animal after receiving reports of hikers getting up close and personal with the wooly critters.

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This bear is taking a nap, courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game. The young male grizzly was trapped near the Mill Creek Campground in Island Park Wednesday.

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Idaho and the rest of the northwest are growing more hops this year.

The number of acres of hops went up again this year in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The three-state area is forecast to grow a record 55,000 acres. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that’s 4 percent more than last year’s record bumper crop.

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When we started looking into our series “Our Changing Idaho,” we asked listeners to call or write in with comments about growth. We heard one consistent theme over and over: Families kept saying that they want to buy a home, but can’t afford it in the current housing market.

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Idaho’s new trespass law goes into effect July 1. That means some changes when it comes to access to private property.

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A judge has ruled against a federal agency and how they kill predators like coyotes, in Idaho. 

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Boise State Public Radio is rolling out a series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The first installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Monday's Idaho Matters.

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Sixth-grade teacher Mandy Stansell has lived in Boise her whole life, but three months ago she moved to her new home, looking out over the farm fields of Kuna.

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