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.

St. Luke's Health System

St. Luke’s has opened the region’s first “virtual hospital” to help people in remote communities get health care without traveling to Boise.

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An Oregon man who plead guilty to harassing a Yellowstone bison will spend time in jail.

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The so-called Medicaid Express bus is on a two-week tour of Idaho to promote a “Yes” vote on an initiative to expand Medicaid in the Gem State. 

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Idaho officials are looking for ways to help 29 low-performing schools in the state. The focus is on helping those in need.

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A second rabid bat has been found in Idaho this season, this time in Boise County.

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed a small business owner from Eagle to take over a state senate seat.

  • Who knew you could still get a house call in Idaho?
  • Police and use of force.
  • Preserving Idaho's historical structures.

Idahoans will have the opportunity to vote for the restoration of historical horse racing machines this November when the measure appears on the ballot. These are gambling machines that allow the player to bet on the outcome of videos of random horse races. Opponents see these as an extension of slot machines, which were banned in Idaho in 2015. We look at objections held by those opposed to legalizing historical horse racing machines.

Author J. Reuben Appelman's breadth of writing spans from true crime to UFC coverage to poetry. His latest book, The Kill Jar, chronicles the hunt for a serial killer who haunted his Detroit neighborhood in the 1970s. Appelman joins Idaho Matters to talk about the book.

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Producer Guy Hand jet boats into Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness with a team searching for remote and abandoned pioneer-era apple orchards. Then he goes in search of the pawpaw. The pawpaw is America's largest native fruit. Once loved by George Washington, it's now nearly forgotten and survives today largely thanks to backyard gardeners. Producer Guy Hand visits one of those gardeners.

Last week, the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Awards in the Arts were announced and they included former Boise Poet Laureate and Idaho writer-in-residence Diane Raptosh. Her works explore subjects including criminal justice, interpersonal relationships and the imagery of the American Northwest.  Raptosh currently teaches creative writing and criminal justice at the College of Idaho and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about representing the Gem State with poetry.  

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A new book from an Idaho professor is out detailing the life and death of Jesus. The author is now up for an international award.

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Moths are causing problems in camping areas around Smiths Ferry. Turns out the fuzzy-looking creatures can sting anyone who cross paths with them. 

  • Using social media to fight human trafficking.
  • Keeping kids safe around water.
  • An Idaho health care wake-up story.
  • We kick off our Folk Art series.

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We assemble a panel of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we're joined by Bill Manny from the Idaho Statesman, and Betsy Russell and Scott McIntosh from the Idaho Press. We cover all the week's topics, even escaping goats!