Kirk Siegler Kirk Siegler is a reporter for NPR's National Desk. In this role he covers Southern California and the West from NPR West's studios in Culver City, CA.
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Kirk Siegler

Reporter, National Desk

A reporter on NPR's national desk since 2012, Kirk Siegler covers the urban-rural divide in America.

A beat exploring the intersection between urban and rural life, culture, and politics, Siegler has recently brought listeners and readers to a timber town in Idaho that lost its last sawmill just days before the 2016 election, as well as to small rural towns in Nebraska where police are fighting an influx in recreational marijuana coming from nearby Colorado cities.

Based at NPR West's studios in Culver City, CA, but frequently roaming the country, Siegler's reporting has also focused on the far-reaching economic impacts of the drought in the West while explaining the broader, national significance to many of the region's complex and bitter disputes around land use. His assignments have brought listeners to the heart of anti-government standoffs in Oregon and Nevada, including a rare interview with recalcitrant rancher Cliven Bundy in 2014.

Siegler also contributes extensively to the network's breaking news coverage. In 2015, he 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. He got his start in political reporting covering the Montana Legislature for Montana Public Radio.

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.

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Phoenix Prepares For Protests As Trump Holds Downtown Rally

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How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

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How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

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NPR national desk reporter Kirk Siegler's family lived and worked on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1970s before settling permanently in Montana. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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A Return To The Rosebud Reservation Finds Tough Times Have Gotten Tougher

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Cairo, Ill., is one of the fastest depopulating communities in the nation, with abandoned buildings throughout the river town. The federal government plans to demolish two public housing projects where many of the remaining residents live. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Carson Promises To Help Residents Of Housing Projects His Department Is Shutting Down

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A Bundy supporter outside the Las Vegas court house. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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4 Ways Far-Right Groups Are Winning The Social Media Battle

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Social Media Lets Anti-Government Bundys Reach Followers

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A mountain of mine tailings frame a Bisbee park — a legacy of the copper mines that once fueled the local economy. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Doctor Shortage In Rural Arizona Sparks Another Crisis In 'Forgotten America'

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Retrial Begins For 4 Defendants In Cliven Bundy Standoff Case

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Winter Snow And Rain May Lead To More Destructive Wildfire Season

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A sign outside the camp warns migrants that operations are closed for now. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Desert Aid Camp Turning Away Migrants Following Border Patrol Raid

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Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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FACT CHECK: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?

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Ancient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins, are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument outside Blanding, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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