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.

Coronavirus cases continue to climb in Idaho, which reported record numbers of confirmed positive tests over the past week. Tess Goodwin tells us what some local medical professionals are seeing in the new wave of COVID-19.

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Over the last two weeks, 89 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus. Dr. Joshua Kern, Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Luke’s said that’s a four to fivefold increase.


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Karen Duran met her fiance at the University of Idaho four years ago. Last March, they got engaged and set the wedding date for August 1, 2020. Leading up to the day, her dress was ready, the cake was ordered and the DJ was booked. Then, the pandemic hit.


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Cities including Meridian, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Hailey and Ketchum already have bans on using electronic devices while driving. But starting Wednesday, it will be illegal to use devices when behind the wheel everywhere in the state.

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is opening with various safety measures in place, including a limited number of visitors, one-way walking paths and strongly encouraging guests to wear masks.


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Like so many other big events coming up this summer, the Western Idaho Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The night before the fair was cancelled, Georgia White was picking cherries.

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Idaho is in the last stage of its reopening plan, but COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. During stage three, which ended over the weekend, Idaho saw a series of outbreaks around the state.


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The state tax deadline was extended this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. But now the new tax day is upon us.


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The new Boise police chief, Ryan Lee, replaces Bill Bones, who retired from the job after 27 years. 

At a press conference Wednesday, Lee fielded questions about nationwide calls to defund police departments.

Lee said he understands the sentiment, but he believes funding remains necessary to train officers and offer effective community policing.


Railroad in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, 1940
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In the 1880s, Chinese laborers built the railroads in Idaho and across the West. They were discriminated against, overworked and underpaid.


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Idaho received $1.25 billion from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to curb the economic impact of COVID-19.

This week, Governor Brad Little announced that about $200 million from that fund will cover the salaries of local public safety workers.


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Thousands of National Guard members have arrived in the nation’s capital to respond to protests over the police killing of George Floyd. That’s despite the objection of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.


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The number of Idahoans filing initial claims for unemployment continues to decline but remains at historical highs.

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The Idaho State Historical Society is kicking off its reopening with a four-day food drive. Amber Beierle, the society’s historic sites administrator, said the event comes with an unique opportunity.


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Some jobless Idahoans haven’t received unemployment money for 11 weeks. At a virtual town hall Tuesday, Director of Idaho Department of Labor Jani Revier addressed concerns about the delayed unemployment checks.


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Goatheads are spiky, invasive plants that wreak havoc on soft, squishy things like flip flops, animal paws and— most notoriously, bicycle tires.


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This weekend many bars and movie theaters will reopen with physical distancing protocols in place. If fancy cocktails and movie dates aren’t your thing right now, there are some other activites slates to return shortly.


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Boise’s proposed budget for FY 2021 will be essentially flat compared to last year’s. The city projects a $5.8 million revenue increase, but COVID-19 expenses will add an unexpected burden.


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Most high schools in the state are celebrating graduates with some form of a physically distanced ceremony. 

Boise High School hosted its event last week.


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This Monday is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery usually hosts one of the largest Memorial Day ceremonies in the Treasure Valley.

But not this year.


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Boise State University and Gorongosa National Park have been working together to support Mozambique's wildlife for years. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, the university is strengthening the park in a different way: through face shields.


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Governor Brad Little announced the state will be moving into Phase Two of reopening tomorrow, which means dine-in services are back on the menu for Idahoans.


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If you’ve turned on Zoom lately, you probably have noticed buzz cuts grown out to man buns, bangs turned into heavy curtains, and roots that would make oak trees jealous.


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It was only a few months ago that people could awkwardly hold hands, twist straws into heart shapes over shared milkshakes, and maybe even steal a kiss. But things have changed. Now, profiles read things like ‘if COVID-19 doesn’t take you out, can I?’


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Communications major Lola Perez was one of nearly 2,800 seniors who graduated this Saturday virtually. She capped off her senior year in Boise with champagne and local pastries, while family cheered her on from Kauai, Hawaii.