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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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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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Southwest Heat Wave Causes Snowpack To Melt Earlier, Quicker

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Grand Jury Considers Whether To Charge Orlando Gunman's Wife

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Investigators Probe Why More Wasn't Done About Shooter's Red Flags

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Orlando's LGBT Bars Respond Differently To Pulse Massacre

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A truck displaying a bumper sticker at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Jan. 5 near Burns, Ore. Armed anti-federalists took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon for 41 days. The occupation ended on Feb. 11. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Utah Sheriffs Threaten To Arrest Rangers If They Try To Close Public Lands

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Many Western ranchers don't own much land themselves and rely on vast tracts of federal land for grazing. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers

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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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