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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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Transportation Milestone: Last Leg Of LA's Metro Expo Line Completed
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A wildfire burned down neighborhoods in Wenatchee, Wash., in June 2015. Last year was a record wildfire season in the Western U.S. and forest managers are worried about an equally — if not more — destructive season this year. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Texas Oil Company Faces Criminal Charges Over Southern California Spill
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Grim Sleeper Verdict Renews Push To Investigate Murders In South Los Angeles
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Defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr. listens during opening statements of his trial. Franklin is accused of serial murders that terrorized South LA. Al Seib/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Families Of LA Serial Killer's Victims Still Await Closure
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Theresa Mondale, a broker with United Country Real Estate in western Montana, says her sales of off-grid, "survivalist" properties have risen by 50 percent over the past several years. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In The Rural Northwest, A Growing Market For Survivalist Homes
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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs State's $15 Minimum Wage Law
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California's Sierra Snowpack Shows Improvement; Drought Still Not Over
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California Officials Release New Rainfall Figures After El Nino
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The famous hard-line anti-immigration sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., has endorsed Donald Trump for president ahead of the primary there. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Trump Picks Up Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Endorsement Before Arizona Primary
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Rancher Cliven Bundy Refuses To Enter Plea In Federal Court
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Oregon Authorities Justify Shooting Of Militant At Wildlife Refuge
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Tourists at Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona wait for a shuttle bus in 2015. For years, the Grand Canyon and other big national parks have been seeing rising attendance. Felicia Fonseca/AP hide caption

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Long Lines, Packed Campsites And Busy Trails: Our Crowded National Parks
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