Nathan Rott

Reporter, National Desk

Nathan Rott is a reporter on NPR's National Desk.

Based at NPR West in Culver City, California, Rott spends a lot of his time on the road, covering everything from breaking news stories like the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino to in-depth issues like the future of our national parks. Though his reporting takes him around the country, Rott's primary focus and interest is the ever-changing face of the American West. Whether it's the effects of warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, the changing demographics of rural towns, or the plight of the prairie chicken, Rott tries to tell the stories of the people that live, breathe, and work in the American West and portray the issues that are important to them.

Rott owes his start at NPR to two extraordinary young men he never met. As the first recipient of the Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship in 2010, he aims to honor the memory of the two brothers by carrying on their legacy of making the world a better place.

As a Montanan and graduate of the University of Montana, Rott prefers to be outside at just about every hour of the day. Prior to working at NPR, he worked a variety of jobs including wildland firefighting, commercial fishing, children's theater teaching, and professional snow-shoveling for the United States Antarctic Program. Odds are, he's shoveled more snow than you.

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Documenting The History Of African-Americans In The California Gold Rush

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On Its 100th Anniversary, The National Park Service Plans For The Future

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Residents Who Refused To Evacuate Complicate Firefighting In California

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Blue Cut Fire Claims An Unknown Number Of Structures

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Southern California Wildfire Forces Some 80,000 People To Evacuate

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Gun Owners React To Donald Trump's 'Second Amendment People' Comments

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Kim Rhode takes practice shots with the assist of her father Richard Rhode, who's been her coach for 27 years. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Olympian Kim Rhode Takes Her Shot At History To Dispel Stigma

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Michael Jordan says he is giving $1 million each to an NAACP legal fund and a community policing group to help find solutions to violence against African-Americans and police officers. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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"Hillary for Prison" merchandise is a top-seller at the dozens of vendor stands outside of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Selling Merchandise Outside Of RNC, Politics Come Second

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Vendors Selling Trump Merchandise Line Streets Of Cleveland

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Protesters Descend On Cleveland For Republican National Convention

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Protesters call for House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow votes on gun violence prevention legislation in Washington, D.C., on July 6. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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After Mass Shootings, Action On Gun Legislation Soars At State Level

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