Samantha Wright

News Reporter/Show Producer

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.

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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The World Center for Birds of Prey is expanding with its new "Global Stem Classroom," that will connect students with biologists in the field. We visit with the Power Foundation and the Peregrine Fund, and Phoenix, a red-tailed hawk, drops by the Idaho Matters studio.

  • The latest SAT scores in Idaho.
  • A new Treasure Valley Youth Mentoring Program.
  • Expanding the World Center For Birds of Prey.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

This segment originally aired on May 17, 2019

The National Institute for Civil Discourse was established in 2011 following the shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, including former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Today, the Institute is creating 50 advisory boards to be positioned in each state.

Idaho is the first state to establish such a board and on we speak with Keith Allred, executive director of the Institute and advisory board members Walt Minnick and former Governor Butch Otter.

  • Idaho Republicans and Democrats come together to form National Institute For Civil Discourse
  • It's a brand new (fiscal) year! What new laws in Idaho take effect this month?
  • The Boise Boys Are HGTV's 'Odd Couple Of Renovation'

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On the first Friday of every month, Boise State holds an event for astronomy lovers, inviting the public to stargaze and perhaps learn something new. This month's guest speaker Maki Jackson, from the Japanese-American Citizens League, will host the event discussing the astronomy and legend of Tanabata: The Star Festival.

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A trail crossing some private land connecting a road to Redfish Lake and Stanley has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge. Landowner David Boren brought a lawsuit with his concerns about the proposed four-mile trail, saying that additional studies on the trail's environmental impact were needed. We talk to him about these possible impacts.

Matt and Stacie Zimmerman

This weekend the Mustang Mania Incentive Program will give trainers the chance to show off their skills. The competition challenges youths and adults to adopt and train a wild horse in just 90 days. Veteran horse trainers Matt and Stacie Zimmerman tell us about this experience and how it’s helping to find homes for hundreds of wild horses.

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This weekend marked a sad anniversary in Boise. One year ago, a man allegedly stabbed nine people at a birthday party. A three-year-old girl was killedWe take a look back at the crime and find out how the refugees in Boise are responding a year later.

Idaho Conservation League

A lot of sewage treatment plants in Idaho got a failing grade in the latest Idaho Conservation League study. Gemma Gaudette talks to the League about why they scored so low and how the ICL wants to help change that trend.

St. Luke's Health System

One local sprinter talks about his journey from active guy, to heart attack patient, to getting back on the track. We talk to Jim Lucker about a special program that got him running again in the Senior Games.

Idaho Transportation Department

Monday’s start to the fiscal year means that most new laws passed by Idaho’s Legislature go into effect—including the “Move Over” law.

  • Idaho Matters looks back one year later at the Boise mass stabbing.
  • Many of Idaho's sewage treatment plants get a failing grade.
  • What do you do if you love to run, but end up having a heart attack?

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It’s Friday and time for our Reporter Roundtable, where we get you up to date on all the news that made headlines around our region. Joining Idaho Matters this week are Don Day from BoiseDevBetsy Russell with the Idaho Press and Mike Sharp from KIVI Six On Your Side Television.

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A group of young African leaders is at Boise State for more than a month of intensive training. This is the Mandela Washington Fellowship, where they take college courses and leadership training while networking at colleges around the country. We talk to a pair of fellows in the program about what they are learning.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

On Friday, two para-athletes from the Road to X Games: Boise Park Qualifier will show their skills in specially designed wheelchairs and hold a clinic for athletes with disabilities in downtown Boise. Christiaan “Otter” Bailey drops by Idaho Matters to chat.

  • The latest news from this week.
  • Future African leaders gather in Boise.
  • A para-athlete from the Road to X Games: Boise Park Qualifier drops by Idaho Matters.

Hannah Gardoski / Boise State Public Radio

The Foote Park Center opens with a focus on the early pioneers of the Treasure Valley. Mary Hallock Foote and Arthur DeWint Foote came to Boise in the late 19th century to create farms across the valley. Mary Ann Arnold and Janet Worthington join the program to talk about the history of this public space.

Idaho Governor's Office

Monday was “Census Day” in Idaho and the Gem State is hoping for another strong showing in the upcoming population count.


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Earlier this month, a group of doctors and administrators from St. Luke's flew to Honduras to treat patients for various ailments and illnesses. St. Luke's has been flying these relief missions for years and we learn about the latest effort with St. Luke's COO David Bishop.

story story night

Story Story Night began in 2010 as a private, story-telling soiree of presenters from Boise's literary and performance art communities. Today, their season runs November through April. Story Story Late-Night is the late night version of the show. Host Emma Arnold and artistic director Jodi Eichelberger joins Idaho Matters to give us a preview.

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Idaho Matters leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with Idaho Public Television's Bill Manny and Seth Ogilvie and Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press. This week, we discuss efforts to raise the state's minimum wage, a race for the chairmanship of the state's Republican Party and a funding proposal for a library and stadium in Boise.

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'This Is My Brave' is a community performance of storytellers sharing their experiences in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. The group is hosting the next round of performances in Boise and we talk about auditions with producer Siva Laughlin and performer Brooke Lacey.

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Amendments to the U.S. Constitution require a supermajority vote by Congress or a gathering of state delagates referred to as a "constitutional convention." Idaho Matters talks with Concordia University School of Law associate professor McKay Cunningham and Georgetown law professor David Super about the prospects of convening a "con-con."

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Wednesday is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

 

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Idahoan Jim Jones has been there, done that. An officer in Vietnam, a multi-term attorney general and a State Supreme Court Justice. Jones is also a prolific writer and his latest work documents his in-country tour during the Vietnam War. Jones joins Idaho Matters to talk about Vietnam ... Can't Get You Out of My Mind.

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