Tess Goodwin

Newsroom Intern

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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There are 15 certified dark sky reserves in the world, with the third-largest being right here in Idaho. These designated areas have little to no light pollution, making it easy to see a lot of stars. However, the area here is being threatened by growing light pollution.

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Amanda Murphy of Caldwell was travelling with her then two-year-old son through Chicago O’Hare airport when, suddenly, it all became too much for him.

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Three student developers in Boise State University’s GIMMWorks program were brainstorming ideas for an app project when they came across this statistic: 36% of Boise State University students experienced food insecurity during the month-long survey in 2018.

Boise Bicycle Project

Every December for the past 12 years, the Boise Bicycle Project teams up with local nonprofits to gather applications for the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway.


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This game will cap their best season since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2011. The 11-1 Broncos are looking to win their fourth Mountain West Championship title this Saturday.


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Boise’s November mayoral race saw no one candidate win more than the required 50% vote. Today, incumbent mayor Dave Bieter and City Council president Lauren McLean will face each other again.


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Mother and daughter duo Karen Hendricks and Karisa Baker place small pickups on the branches of a flocked tree. They’ve been decorating trees together for about 17 years.


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The term “dark money” refers to political donations to nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose their donors. While it’s not illegal, it can raise some ethical questions.



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Removing fallen trees and burning debris along the river banks may seem like a humdrum part of river maintenance, but Steve Stuebner with Boise River Flood Control District #10 said this yearly upkeep is a key factor in preventing disaster. 

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Incumbent mayor Dave Bieter and City Council President Lauren McLean will go head to head in this historic race next month. But preparing for the election on short-term notice will be challenging.


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This weekend, Boise police say a pickup truck collided with two passengers on a scooter, leaving one dead and one injured.


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Idaho currently bans the use of texting and driving, but Meridian’s City Council decision extends the restrictions for devices.

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An Ada County Commissioner, a CEO and a former superintendent will walk into a bar next week — no, this isn’t a setup for a cheesy bar joke. It’s a setup for a discussion about serious issues.

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More than two hundred species in Idaho are threatened and edging closer to the endangered species list. One bill on Capitol Hill is aiming to change that.

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Local elections are less than a month away and competition is heating up. With three front runners up for the Boise mayor seat, a runoff could happen, which would be the first runoff in the race’s history.


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A northern Idaho steelhead fishing competition has been cancelled indefinitely because of dwindling attendance and low fish stocks.

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75 acres of land were donated to the City of Boise in hopes of preserving wildlife habitats. A Boise couple donated the land near Polecat Gulch Reserve, making it the largest land donation to the city since 2003.


17,000 children in Idaho live in communities of concentrated poverty. Despite the growing economy, the percentage of kids in these areas has not gone down.

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Demand for improvements and expansions to the Treasure Valley’s transportation system have been growing as the population continues to climb. Although the Treasure Valley bus system has seen growth over the past few years, residents are still looking for improvements.

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Consumer spending is strong and unemployment is low, but some say some financial forces could signal a cooling of the economy.

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Parking in Boise can be a headache for drivers headed downtown for a morning stroll at the market or an evening out. But what if instead of competing with other drivers, trees and benches were taking up those spots?

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For years, the Boise area has become known for its winding 25-mile pedestrian and bicycle path, but the Greenbelt was once just a vision of a city council member.

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Rising housing demand in Boise is driving up prices and competition for buyers and renters alike. People looking for rentals often have to pay multiple application fees and those can add up quickly. 

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As college tuition continues to climb, students across the country struggle to pay for things like tuition, housing and food.

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The Boise’s Central Trades & Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic is coming up this Monday. Although there are fewer labor union marches in the streets nowadays, the holiday prompts workers to remember what was gained through the sacrifices made by union workers.