Sasa Woodruff

News Director

With more than two decades in the broadcast news arena, Sáša has reported, produced and edited for major news outlets, including NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media. She started her career in local TV stations in her hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah; there she produced daily news and TV documentaries.

She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism documentary film program with a thesis documentary on the pop culture of uranium. At NPR, she worked as the show editor for News and Notes and oversaw the west-coast production of Morning Edition with host, Renee Montagne. She has consulted and produced for various podcasts including launching two: The Slow Melt: A Podcast About Chocolate and the Bruce Lee Podcast.

Before coming to Boise State Public Radio, Sáša was a producer and editor for the Marketplace Morning Report.

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St. Luke's Health System

As Idaho’s hospitals treat record numbers of COVID-19 patients, their models suggest the next few months could look even more daunting.

 


  We’re just hours away from election day 2020. One big question that will be answered once the votes are tallied: could 2020 be the year when young voters break turnout records, and possibly swing the election one way or another? 

In the past, young eligible citizens have had a low voter turnout, but the 2020 election may be different. 

 


As a group, young voters historically have low rates of making it to the polls, but Boise State University sophomore, Cheyon Sheen is working to change that.

 

NuScale Power

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has signed off on a design for a small modular nuclear reactor, but some scientists say the approval is misguided.

 

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Treefort Music Fest is being postponed until September of 2021. Just weeks before the festival was scheduled to happen in March, organizers pushed the five-day event until September. 


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There’s a growing concern on how scores of businesses will recover from the unprecedented economic crisis from COVID-19. Cities across the country are closing some streets to motorized traffic and Boise is trying this too to help Boise businesses spur a comeback.

 


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As Idaho starts to reopen many businesses Friday, the City of Boise is putting some additional safety measures above and beyond the state’s plan. 

 


Idaho Statesman

Journalists at the Idaho Statesman have unionized, after announcing their intentions in March. The vote was unanimous for non-manager newsroom staffers who had to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Boise Mayor Lauren McLean just released her first 100-day report, but the coronavirus pandemic has left the plans for her next 100 days in office uncertain.


Eighteen people in Idaho have died from complications of the novel coronavirus. The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Idaho dropped to 22 yesterday, this brings the total number of cases to 1,232. Sasa Woodruff has the latest on what this downward trajectory could mean.


Dozens of aftershocks have continued to rattle central Idaho after a six-point-five magnitude earthquake hit the region Tuesday night. There are still no reports of major damage or injuries.


The coronavirus has killed six and infected more than 300 in Idaho. Sáša Woodruff has the latest state-reported numbers.


All Idaho public school districts and charter schools will be closed to students until mid April. Sasa Woodruff has more on what this means for school districts.

 


As of Monday morning, March 23 there are 47 confirmed coronavirus infections in Idaho and more than 13-hundred people have been tested. Those numbers according to state officials. Counties and cities, meanwhile, are tightening rules to slow the spread of the virus. 


UPDATE: March 16, 9:05 a.m.

We have moved all of our information about the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Idaho to this web post. Please navigate there to stay current — all information beneath this update is outdated.

UPDATE: March 14, 8:21 p.m.

The second Blaine County resident confirmed by South Central Public Health to have tested positive for COVID-19 is a woman over the age of 70. This brings the total of confirmed cases in the state to five. She is currently being hospitalized for her symptoms and is recovering. At this time, officials are still trying to determine how the patient contracted the virus.

After saying the show would go on yesterday, the Sun Valley Film Festival has announced it is cancelling this year’s event due to widening concerns around the Coronavirus.

Aaron Rodriguez / Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest organizers announced this morning that the upcoming event will be postponed until September because of fears around the Coronavirus outbreak.

The McClatchy Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday in New York. The media company owns 30 local newspapers, including the Idaho Statesman, which McClatchy acquired in 2006 when it bought the Knight Ridder newspaper chain.

 


Global Gardens

Global Gardens has been a lifeline for Boise’s local refugee population, but after losing key grant money, the program is scrambling to find new funding.

 

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