Kirk Siegler - 2016
Kirk Siegler
Kirk Siegler - 2016
Kirk Siegler

Kirk Siegler

Reporter, National Desk

Kirk Siegler covers the western United States for NPR's national desk, a position he's held since December of 2012.

Based at NPR West's studios in Culver City, California, Siegler's reporting focuses on issues including the far-reaching environmental and economic impacts of the drought in California and the West. He also covers the region's complex – and often bitter – disputes around land use. On this beat, his assignments have brought listeners to the heart of anti-government standoffs in the region, including a rare 2014 interview with recalcitrant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Siegler also recently took listeners to the front lines of wildfires while embedded with an all-Native American hot shot crew from Arizona. Siegler also contributes extensively to the network's breaking news coverage. Assignments have taken him from Newtown, Connecticut, to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma, to a pair of labor disputes that threatened to shut down West Coast ports.

In 2015, Siegler was awarded an International Reporting Project fellowship from Johns Hopkins University to report on health and development in Nepal. While en route to the country in April, the worst magnitude earthquake to hit the region in more than 80 years struck. Siegler was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive in Kathmandu and helped lead NPR's coverage of the immediate aftermath of the deadly quake. He also filed in-depth reports focusing on the humanitarian disaster and challenges of bringing relief to some of the Nepal's far flung rural villages.

Prior to joining NPR, Siegler spent seven years reporting from Colorado, where he became a familiar voice to NPR listeners reporting on politics, water and the state's ski industry from Denver for NPR Member Station KUNC. Siegler's work has also won numerous Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards in Colorado and Montana, where he landed his first reporting job in 2003 serving as Montana Public Radio's first statehouse bureau chief.

Apart from a brief stint working as a waiter in Sydney, Australia, Siegler has spent most of his adult life living in the West. He grew up near Missoula, Montana, and received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an avid skier and enjoys traveling and visiting his family and friends scattered across the globe.

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Debris from flood-damaged homes lines Highway 167 in Maurice, La. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Locals In Flooded Rural Areas Of Louisiana Say Aid Is Slow To Arrive

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A handmade sign offers a stern warning at the entrance to an abandoned neighborhood where people have lost so much. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Among La. Flood Victims, 'Depression Levels Are Really High'

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Firefighter David Yowell mops up hot spots in Sunshine Canyon, west of Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 10, 2010. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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In Wildfires, Big Flames Attract Attention, But Watch Out For The Embers

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For Vernon Lee of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a national monument designation for Gold Butte would be the next best thing to having the U.S. government return the land to his people. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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In Nevada, Tribes Push To Protect Land At The Heart Of Bundy Ranch Standoff

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Tribal Activists Push White House To Make Gold Butte A National Monument

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An air tanker fights California's Bluecut wildfire with flame retardant. Fire experts say Bluecut has burned and spread with a ferocity they've never seen before. Alex Gallardo/AP hide caption

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A firestorm engulfs the Mormon Rocks area in the San Bernardino National Forest off State Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif., as the Bluecut Fire rages out of control Tuesday afternoon. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Out-Of-Control Southern California Brush Fire Forces 80,000 To Evacuate

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Massive Wildfire Burns Through Northern California

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Norwegian skiers compete in the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The Whistler Blackcomb resort is being acquired by Vail Resorts of the U.S. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Firefighters battle part of the Sand Fire after flames jumped across a road in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Sunday. As the blaze changed direction multiple times over the weekend firefighters were forced to retreat and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Police Utilize Soft Force Tactics At Cleveland Convention Protests

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Jonathan Choate resigned his post on the Cache County GOP and changed his affiliation to Libertarian after Republicans refused to formally condemn Donald Trump. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Mormons Uneasy With Trump Make A Question Of Reliably Red Utah

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Call Logs Reveal New Details From Orlando Shooting

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Call Logs Reveal New Details From Orlando Shooting

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