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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The 195-foot-tall AT&T cell tower near Redfish Lake was proposed as part of the FirstNet Program, which would connect first responders in a crisis. But, opponents say there are other options.


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For the last 36 years, people have gathered in-person to gaze upon extravagantly decorated conifers at the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees. But this year, the stroll through rows of trimmed trees will be more of an online scroll from home.

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My name is Crispin Gravatt. I am from Boise, Idaho, and I also go by the stage name Penelope Windsor.

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The Boise School District board met with local health professionals last night to discuss the spread of COVID-19 in schools, as cases surge statewide.


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The mall in mid-November usually means blaring holiday tunes, doorbuster sales and a lengthy line of velvet-clad kids anxiously waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.


Election night ended with some upsets in local races. Tess Goodwin explains how new leadership might affect the fight against COVID-19.

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When you head to the polls today, you may want to change your outfit.


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This year, trick-or-treating has been listed as a high risk activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s broken the hearts of candy-hungry ghouls and goblins across the country. But some people in Idaho have found a way to celebrate this haunted holiday — safely. Boise State Public Radio News contributor Tess Goodwin tells us how some are adapting halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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People experiencing homelessness or who are incarcerated have been disportionately affected by the coronavirus. This week, a Boise collective is highlighting their stories with an outdoor exhibit.

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Flour, toilet paper and canned goods were coveted earlier this year. But now, as Idaho heads into winter, the shopping lists have changed.


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My name is Keith Anderson. I work for the TRIO Program at Boise State as an educational specialist.

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With the election just 11 days away, many Idahoans are choosing to vote early or fill out an absentee ballot at home. 

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October 31 usually means yards full of glowing, grinning pumpkins, swarms of costumed trick-or-treaters, streams of fake cobwebs and buckets of candy. 

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The Boise Airport announced an agreement with Uber and Lyft on Friday that designates new rideshare pick-up and drop-off locations on the airport’s upper level.


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Central District Health moved Boise and West Ada school districts to the highest risk category for COVID-19 spread on Tuesday. Because of that, both districts held special meetings Thursday to discuss learning plans going forward. 


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Wednesday, high school juniors and seniors across the state went into classrooms to take the SAT. But Boise resident Holly Paquette’s daughter was not one of them.


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Concerns about voting privacy come around every election cycle, but for some, keeping their information confidential is a matter of personal safety.


We Are Idaho: Sam Hui

Oct 9, 2020

My name is Sam Hui. I moved to Boise, Idaho in 1972. I was born in Hong Kong. My mother's maiden name is Louie, and the Louie's have been in Idaho since probably the 1870s.

Mone't Alberts

My name is Mone’t Alberts. I am a student at Boise State in Biomedical Tissue Engineering, and I grew up in Boise, Idaho.

I went to elementary, middle, high school and eventually college, all in Idaho. I am African-American and female and I did have a lot of experiences at a younger age that definitely made me feel awful.

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Ada County Elections sent out more than 115,000 absentee ballots on Wednesday. That’s more than four times the amount of absentee ballots the county mailed out in the November 2016 General Election. And that’s only the first batch.