Troy Oppie

Host/Reporter

Troy Oppie is a weekend news host and occasional reporter for Boise State Public Radio News and host of Jazz Conversations (since 2013) on Boise State Public Radio Music.

He spent ten years working in television sports and news at local stations in Seattle, Missoula and Boise before leaving full time broadcasting in 2013. 

His radio background includes time as a student and professional employee at KNKX-FM (formerly KPLU-FM) in Seattle/Tacoma.

At home in Boise since 2008 (and here to stay!), he's a proud husband and father of two beautiful girls. 

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While many Idaho politicians announced support Thursday for the Texas Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging election processes in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden was not among them.

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Thanksgiving Day highway and interstate traffic volumes were down considerably compared to 2019 in southwest, south central and northern Idaho, according to Idaho Transportation Department data.


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Central District Health board Friday punted a vote on new, more restrictive health orders for its four-county area to a meeting Tuesday. The board will accept public comment on the proposed order through Monday. If approved, the order would take effect Friday, Dec. 11.

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The pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. But a nearly universal impact has come to our mental health. For students and educators, the importance of tending to mental health needs in order to be able to learn and teach is critical. 

Earlier this week, Boise State University hosted a national summit on mental health, meant to help campus communities identify areas of need and direct people to resources for help. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Idaho State Board of Education will host its own digital mental health summit.

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Some anti-mask protestors who showed up at multiple downtown businesses this past weekend will get trespassing citations from the Boise Police Department.


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The Mountain West Athletic Conference, Boise State and UNLV on Wednesday jointly announced the cancelation of the Boise State vs. UNLV football game scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas.

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In April, Governor Brad Little authorized a 16-member coronavirus financial advisory committee to oversee $1.25 billion in federal pandemic aid provided to Idaho through the CARES Act.

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Health professionals have begged people to stay home this Thanksgiving and celebrate only within your household. Recent surveys have shown around 30% of people plan to celebrate just within their family household, twice the number of an average year. Smaller gatherings can mean people are looking for smaller turkeys.

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Since millions nationwide lost jobs in the first days of the pandemic, Idaho has had one of the best unemployment recoveries of any state. Thousands of people do remain unemployed in Idaho, but as Boise State Public Radio’s Troy Oppie recently discovered, many of them have not been counted in the state’s weekly unemployment report.

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Idaho has maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the pandemic, but the state's weekly jobless reports have only partially included a key indicator of recovery.


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As COVID-19 infections in Ada County and Boise are on the rise, the Boise City Council is exploring what to do next.

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The Idaho Secretary of State’s office reports that fewer than 10 of Idaho’s 44 counties still count ballots by hand each election night.

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A new, military-like digital mapping system helped the Idaho Secretary of State’s office catch potential problems at voting locations Tuesday.

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This interview originally aired Oct. 1, 2020.

During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered by the U.S. government to be incarcerated in remote camps. The order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was meant to prevent Japanese people on American soil from taking up arms and bringing the war inside U.S. borders. Today, that period is recognized as one of the most shameful in American history. 

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The water provider for much of Ada County wants a rate hike of more than 22%. That means average users could pay $80 more each year. Suez Water Idaho asked for the increase starting October 31, but the Public Utilities Commission said it will delay that by up to six months, a move allowed while the PUC audits the utility to justify the rate hike.

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While some may cringe at the mere suggestion of finding a silver lining in the pandemic, for others, this time has sparked a new sense of what’s possible; finding new ways to get things done — for ourselves, for our neighbors and for our communities.

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During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered by the U.S. government to be incarcerated in remote camps. The order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was meant to prevent Japanese people on American soil from taking up arms and bringing the war inside the United States borders. Today, that period is recognized as one of the most shameful in American history. 

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As bars and restaurants reduced service or closed during the pandemic, draught beer consumption fell dramatically — 47% according to March data from the federal Tax & Trade Bureau for tobacco and alcohol.


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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.

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Initial unemployment claims in Idaho fell 4% last week, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.


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