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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Summertime means rodeo in the Treasure Valley and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we look at events in CaldwellMeridian, Nampa, Nyssa and elsewhere in the region with Matt Askew, president of the Idaho Cowboys Association.

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Tuesday we told you how much money national parks bring into the Mountain West. Now, we talk about Idaho.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week, George Prentice discusses the Boise Weekly’s deep dive into the problems the state is having in working with private out-of-state prisons. Idaho Public Television’s Bill Manny breaks down Canyon County’s failed jail bond measure and updates us on Ada County's case against a Colorado hemp cultivator and the shippers caught transporting the industrial product. Rebecca Boone from the Associated Press explains the necessity of using Freedom of Information Act requests for journalists and cautions of a manhunt for a highway killer in Idaho.

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Eighteen-year-old Angie Dodge was raped and murdered in her Idaho Falls apartment in 1996. Chris Tapp was accused of the crime and imprisoned for 20 years before DNA evidence demonstrated he was not at the scene. His release was due in part to the work of the Idaho Innocence Project and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Greg Hampikian from the project and Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell about this case.

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This week, 23 women from six Idaho universities and colleges are gathered on Boise State’s campus for an intense workshop on civic engagement.

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Idaho Fish and Game is working with lumber companies to make sure the public has access to private timber land. It’s all part of the department’s new “Large Tracts” land lease program that targets parcels 50,000 acres or larger.

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Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Land relates the stories of five U.S. Forest Service workers who literally wrote the book on working and living in the wilderness. Idaho Matters talks with author John McCarthy about these early pioneers of wilderness protection.

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Security officials found two guns and ammunition in one traveler’s carry-on luggage at the Boise airport Monday.

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The last wild horses rescued from the 2015 Soda Fire are going home this month.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week, Idaho Matters speaks with Seth Ogilvie of IPTV's Idaho Reports, Don Day of BoiseDev and Scott McIntosh from the Idaho Press.

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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.

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Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert stops by Idaho Matters to catch us up on the latest education stories in the state. $53.9 million in bond issues and levies are being requested by 17 rural Idaho school districts. We look at the May 21 election on the issuance, a new K-12 education task force and an increase in school bullying.

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Summer is approaching and owners of boats of all types are preparing to go on the water. This is perfect for zebra and quagga mussels, bivalves that travel between bodies of water by adhering to boat hulls. Idaho Matters talks with Nick Zurfluh, Invasive Species Section Manager with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, about why these invasive species are detrimental to the balance of Idaho's water habitats.

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Boise-born Rosalie Sorrels made a name for herself on the folk singer circuit of the late 1950s. Her first major gig was at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival and she has been featured on more than 30 albums. Sorrels passed away in 2017 and today, Rosalie's son, Kevin, is crowdsourcing funds to put on The First Rosalie Sorrels Annual Memorial Festival. Kevin Sorrels joins Idaho Matters to talk about his mother's legacy and how she was influenced by Idaho, the state she called home.

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The Bureau of Land Management has banned fireworks and exploding targets this summer in Idaho.

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A program called Dog T.A.G.S. teaches veterans with PTSD how to train their own dogs to become service dogs. The dogs are trained to help their masters move in public with more confidence, and in specific tasks such as awakening them from night terrors and turning on lights. Training and bonding with the dogs becomes a way for the veterans to cope with many of the issues of the disorder. We present this report produced by member station WITF in Harrisburg.

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Boise will be without Doppler weather radar coverage for three weeks starting at the end of May.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. Melissa Davlin of IPTV's Idaho Reports about the state's maternal mortality rate and the re-naming of two city parks in Boise. Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press joins the roundtable to parse out Idaho's new abortion reporting requirements and a lawsuit involving the sex offeder registryBoise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem sits in to discuss a controversial high school mascot in Driggs and a botched training maneuver on the Boise River.

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Idaho postal workers will be carrying more than mail Saturday as they collect items for the 27th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 

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Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department says some of their clients’ personal information may have been compromised.

 

 

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A Boise park and part of the city’s foothills will officially be renamed in honor of the region’s original inhabitants.

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Before WWII, street trolleys were once a ubiquitous feature in all medium-to-large cities in America. You can still see the tracks embedded in streets from Philadelphia to Fresno. Boise celebrates its streetcar heritage with the Traveling Trolley Time Capsule - a mobile exhibit of trolleys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that will travel to several Treasure Valley neighborhoods. We talk with Barbara Perry Bauer from TAG Historical Research and Consulting about this unique glimpse into the region's past.

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The Meridian Library is a winner of the highest honor that can be given to museums and libraries across the country.

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Idaho Fish and Game biologists are catching and tagging female sage grouse to see how they are doing after the 2018 Grassy Ridge Fire that occured 15 miles northwest of St. Anthony.

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Boise State Public Radio's podcast You Know The Place explores those places in Idaho that always raise curiosity. The third season debuts with a visit to a military surplus store and grocery market making a positive impact on the environment. Idaho Matters talks with hosts and producers Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne.

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