Our Purpose: Be at the civic, cultural and intellectual forefront of our community to create an informed, engaged public.

Our Mission: Produce, acquire and distributes distinctive programs and services that stimulate, educate, inform, and entertain those we serve using all appropriate media. Reach out to the community through strategic partnerships. Enables listeners to learn about issues and ideas that affect our communities, our nation and our world.

Our Vision: We will build a stronger community-centered broadcasting organization by focusing the station's new and existing resources where our listener and membership base is the strongest. Our goal is to build a more effective service emphasizing national and local programming that deepens the relationship between us and our listeners.

Our Values: Integrity, tolerance, professionalism, transparency, respect of our co-workers and respect for our audience

On Saturday, the Boise State Public Radio News team brought home 21 Idaho Press Club awards, including 10 first place prizes.

Ana Costa, Jenna Narducci / Boise State University

Idaho is changing rapidly. It's the fastest-growing state in the country, according to new U.S. Census data, with cities like Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls and Coeur d'Alene seeing much of the boost in population. But as skylines change and housing markets tighten, many people are wondering what "smart growth" look like.

Idaho Matters Show Ideas

Apr 25, 2018


City Club of Boise


Boise State Public Radio News has won five regional 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association, which oversees the awards, announced winners of the regional contest Wednesday.

Kelly Sikkema

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Location: The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd Floor

There’s little gray in the black-and-white world of political cartoonists. Bold and provocative, editorial cartoons engender in readers the deepest pleasure and the most passionate anger.

Where do ideas come from? What’s it like to be a political cartoonist in an age where reality sometimes seems to play as satire? And does that make the job easier or harder?

student, desk, classroom
BionicTeaching / Flickr Creative Commons

In public opinion surveys, Idahoans consistently rank education as one of the most critical issues facing the state and its long-term health. Education is Idaho's top spending priority, accounting for more than 60 percent of the state's general fund budget.

Idaho's next governor will be judged, to large measure, on education policy.


Boise State Public Radio has been selected to participate in Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media stations, funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund.

Aaron Rodriguez / Treefort Music Fest

Boise State Public Radio News has a bunch of Treefort Music Fest stories up our sleeve. From artist announcements to Comedyfort, music recommendations to in-depth interviews with Treefort leaders – we've got you covered. 

The seventh annual multi-genre festival will take over venues around downtown Boise March 21-25. We'll update this guide as more stories are published, so be sure to bookmark this page and hit refresh! New posts will appear at the top.

Alex Naanou / Flickr Creative Commons

Join Boise State Public Radio for two evenings of live classical music, brought to you by the New York City-based Piatigorsky Foundation. These family-friendly concerts will feature powerhouse Mexican tenor Rodrigo Garciarroyo and world-renowned concert pianist Richard Dowling. 

There are two opportunities to see them play live, both of them free and open to the public:

OMG, #treefort2018 is finally here!

Treefort Music Fest will take over downtown Boise March 21-25, and Boise State Public Radio has partnered with the festival to bring you even more cool things to do this year.

City Club of Boise

City Club of Boise

The Forum was held on the 14th of March, 2018.  Listen to the audio when you click the 'play' icon below.


Ah, it's that time of year again: NPR Music is asking unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

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Grab a pint and come meet your local public radio news team Thursday, March 8 at Sockeye Brewing in West Boise! Enjoy some local craft beer and learn about some of the stories and initiatives our newsroom is working on. Come stop by on your way home from work – we would love to see you!

What: A chance to mix and mingle with the Boise State Public Radio News team.

When: Thursday, March 8, 6-9 p.m. (Stop by at any point, but we’ll have an introduction by General Manager Tom Michael around 6:30 p.m.)