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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A recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling is creating a lot of confusion about the state constitution and misdemeanor arrests.



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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press about new a closure by the Texas billionaire Wilks brothers of a private road leading to public lands. Don Day from BoiseDev discusses new building plans coming to downtown Boise and Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson breaks news about fresh charges filed against former Idaho GOP Chair Jonathan Parker.

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Family physician Dr. Erik Richardson uses his YouTube program, "FamilyMed," to connect viewers with educational medical videos. Richardson joins Idaho Matters to talk about using social media to educate Idahoans.

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Considering Matthew Shepard tells the tragic story of the senseless killing of a Wyoming college student in the form of an opera. Shepard was 21 years old when he was beaten, tied to a fencepost, set on fire and left for dead by two men who had offered him a ride. Opera Idaho presents Considering Matthew Shepard and on Thursday, Idaho Matters speaks with Dr. Michael Porter, artistic director of the Critical Mass Vocal Artists about the production at the Cathedral of the Rockies.

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St. Luke’s hospital has just launched Idaho’s first dedicated pediatric trauma program at its Children’s Hospital.


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St. Luke's has opened the first dedicated pediatric trauma program in Idaho and we speak with Dr. Kathryn Beattie and Dr. Kendra Bowman on filling this medical niche in a growing community.

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Seven Idaho investigators, who spend their days tracking internet predators, just became United States Marshals to help kids in the Gem State.

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If you live in Boise and are running out of orange recycle bags, the city is changing the way you can get them.



Guest host George Prentice leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with KIVI 6 On Your Side's Mike Sharp about new crime fighting technology being used by Nampa police. Associated Press reporter Rebecca Boone parses out a ruling involving Idaho dairy farmers and the veterinarians accusing them of human trafficking and Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson explains plans to clean nuclear waste in East Idaho.


Films like Armageddon and Deep Impact paint a catastrophic picture of asteroid strikes on Earth, and they can be cataclysmic. Ask the dinosaurs. That's why scientists like Alessandra Springmann of University of Arizona’s Lunar & Planetary Laboratory keep eyes on the skies to monitor near-Earth passages of asteroids and other celestial debris. Springmann is the guest speaker at this month's First Friday Astronomy Event at Boise State's Science and Education Building and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about tracking space rocks from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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Kevin Satterlee was appointed last summer to lead Idaho State University and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about the challenges, the successes and his ambitions for the university.

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Finally some good news for Idaho gas prices: they’re going down.

MakerMinded schools focus on STEM education from the perspective of cultivating the next generation of manufacturers and infrastructural developers. On Thursday's Idaho Matters, we talk about the presence of these schools in Idaho with Jamie Pilkerton and ReBekha Lulu with Basin Elementary School and Dr. Angela Hemingway, executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center.


Yoga therapist Kaelyn Rogers spent a year-and-a-half traveleing the world, studying yoga and contemplating how she could bring that experience back to Boise to the benefit of the community. Rogers' solution was to bring yoga into IDOC facilities and train inmates. The program has been successful and on Thursday, she joins Idaho Matters with Deputy Warden Randy Valley from the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

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Close to 5,000 property owners in the Treasure Valley haven’t paid their irrigation taxes. That can lead to fines, a lien or even seeing their home put up for auction to pay what’s owed.

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Wednesday, June 5, is National Running Day. Eric Stride and Alissa McKinley of St. Luke's FitOne Boise stop in to talk about registering for the 5K, 10K and half-marathon events.


The Idaho Songwriters Association helps nurture and cultivate songwriting and performance skills for Idaho musicians as well as providing a forum for performance and feedback. Idaho Matters talks with Crazy Love, singer/songwriters Heather Platts and Bruce Michael Miller.

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You’ve heard of catch and release when it comes to fishing. Now biologists are trying “stun and release” to keep the wrong kind of fish out of the Snake River.


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The Idaho Conservation League finds itself in a unique position as they have two separate hearings scheduled regarding the Sawtooth National Forest. One has the League siding with the U.S. Forest service and one againstIdaho Matters talks with John Robison and Marie Callaway Kellner from the Idaho Conservation League about this odd confluence of cases.

Boise is working to boost water quality in some local swimming ponds to help keep them open this summer.

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Ballet Sun Valley is welcoming the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5 and 7. The Sun Valley company is also developing an adaptive dance program for aspiring dancers with Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's and cerebral palsy. Idaho Matters talks with Ballet Sun Valley founder, Bob Smelick.

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We’re in the middle of the “100 Deadliest Days” on Idaho roadways — that’s the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Officials say teen-related crashes are a part of that problem.

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Guest host George Prentice leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News about the governor's education task force. Betsy Russell from the Idaho Press discusses former gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan's intention to re-enter Idaho politics and Melissa Davlin from Idaho Public Television parses out a recent Idaho Supreme Court decision that gives a layer of protection to whistleblowers.

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For 17 years, the City of Eagle hosted the rodeo named for the Treasure Valley town. When the lease ran out, city officials and rodeo organizers scrambled to find a new location. They got the job done just in time to kick off the 2018 Eagle Rodeo and their efforts are captured in the film "The Best Small Town Throwdown Rodeo." The documentary is showing at The Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, June 2 and Hope Manna, the film's director and Kellie Allred, the film's producer join Idaho Matters to talk about the Eagle Rodeo.

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A group of Idaho fourth graders have released tiny trout they raised from eggs in their Gooding classroom.