Kirk Siegler
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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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The Tri-Pro Forest Products facility in Orofino, Idaho, closed in October after operators said they didn't have a steady enough supply of logs to keep the sawmill running and profitable. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In Idaho Lumber Country, Trump Voters Wait To See If He Can Jumpstart Jobs

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Flathead Lake in Montana's Flathead Valley is fed by the glaciers in Glacier National Park. Here in rural northwest Montana, there is postelection unease in some communities about far-right extremist views entering the mainstream. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In Montana, An Unease Over Extremist Views Moving Out Of The Woods

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Election Results Are Still Coming Out Of Arizona

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Bundy Militia Not Backing Down Following Oregon Trial Acquittal

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Jury Delivers Surprise Acquittal In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Trial

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Oregon Jury Acquits Defendants In Wildlife Refuge Occupation

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Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oregon Occupation Unites Native American Tribes To Save Their Land

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Armed militants seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year as part of what they said was a political protest over the federal government's control of public lands in the West. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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The protected Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important migratory bird corridors on the West Coast and also has long been important to the eastern Oregon agricultural economy. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Anti-Government Standoff Puts Oregon's Malheur Back On Tourist Map

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Months after a 41-day siege on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, some facilities there remain closed due to ongoing security concerns. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Ore. Community Becomes Unwilling Symbol For Anti-Government Movement

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Bureau of Land Management Ranger Shane Nalen stands on public land that he patrols outside of Las Vegas, Nev. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Federal Officers Face Hostility Amid Tension Over Control Of Federal Lands

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Trial For Ammon Bundy, Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupiers Set To Begin

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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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