Tess Goodwin

Newsroom Assistant

Tess Goodwin is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. An Idaho native, Tess made her way back to Boise after graduating from the University of Utah in Spring 2019.

In Salt Lake, Tess served as a production intern on KUER's RadioWest program. In pursuit of her public radio dreams, she sold yoga pants, taught kids about dinosaurs, led thrilling tours of the Utah State Capitol, and tried her hand at latte art (with limited success).

In her free time, Tess enjoys listening to hip hop, scaring herself with true crime podcasts, and eating Flying M cookies.

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BYU-Idaho sent a campus-wide email on Friday, urging students to follow coronavirus guidelines and mask requirements. The school also warned it could close down campus if infections don’t drop. As of Sunday, 56 students and 11 employees were infected.


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Update on Friday, Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m.:

On Thursday, the Mountain West Conference approved a plan to begin an eight-game football season on October 24. The unexpected return to the field will require athletes, coaches and trainers to be tested three times a week – which won’t be cheap.

Nampa Fire Department

The Nampa Fire Department and the Boise Fire Department have deployed teams throughout the west this wildfire season. Nampa Fire, along with crews from Parma, Kuna and Sand Hollow, fought fires near San Francisco for 23 days. But their work didn’t end there.


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Following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Jim Risch and Senator Mike Crapo issued statements recognizing her decades of work, but noting their political differences.


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Last week, Idaho had mostly clear skies and acceptable air quality. But over the weekend, smoke from major West coast fires started to slink in.

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University of Idaho senior Annika Esau was almost certain she wouldn’t be headed back to campus this fall.


Despite a record number of deaths reported yesterday, Idaho’s coronavirus infection rates are trending downward. Schools and businesses are moving forward with reopening plans. Tess Goodwin tells us what that could mean in the coming weeks.


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Guard dogs are used to protect livestock from predators, like wolves, coyotes and mountain lions. But these working dogs are being taken to shelters by well-meaning outdoor recreationalists.


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Many western states are experiencing above average wildfire seasons, with nearly 4 million acres burned so far.


Latinx people in Idaho are testing positive for coronavirus at a much higher rate than the rest of the population. Tess Goodwin reports on some of the reasons behind the viruses lopsided impact.

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From grabbing a drink to going to the theatre, COVID-19 means city activities are risky. Now, many people are going to the great outdoors for recreation, which could mean a potential increase in wildfire risk.


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After months of digging through old DVD collections and Netflix binging, new movies are coming again to the big screen.


Idaho’s coronavirus numbers are trending slightly downward according to the state’s 14-day model. But does that really mean infections are slowing? Tess Goodwin tells us what local medical professionals are saying.

The City of Boise is creating a department dedicated to addressing climate change. Tess Goodwin tells us why it’s being formed now, and what it could mean for the capital city. 

The American Red Cross is conducting experimental treatments for COVID-19 using blood plasma from recovered patients. But to figure out if the treatments work, they need more donors from across the country, including here in Idaho. Tess Goodwin has more.

Children have fewer serious physical symptoms from COVID-19 than adults. But experts say the virus could be taking a toll on their mental health. Tess Goodwin has more on how parents may be able to help combat kids’ anxiety.

Canyon County is now seeing the highest increases in COVID-19 in Idaho. But, the health district overseeing the county hasn’t mandated masks or made other restrictions that could slow the spread.

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Across the country many expectant mothers are turning to at-home births amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Currently, most school districts in Idaho use supplemental levy revenue to cover operating costs, like teacher salaries.


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The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program expired at the end of last month. The plan provided jobless Idahoans an additional $600 a week on top of their regular unemployment.


Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred unprecedented spikes in unemployment, widespread housing insecurity and increased hunger. 


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Idaho’s school reopening framework asked local health districts to analyze community transmission levels and assign a risk category, ranging from 1 to 3.


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As face mask mandates show up across Idaho, there are reports of people displaying fake cards claiming they are exempt from wearing masks.


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Although Idaho has yet to see any big fires this year, the risk of fire increases in August and wildland fire potential is above average. 

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The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program was approved in March to provide a temporary boost to weekly unemployment payments under the CARES Act. Under that program, those who filed for unemployment got $600 in addition to their unemployment benefits.

However, that extra benefit expired over the weekend, leaving many who received that money to wonder how to replace it.