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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Feral hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are an invasive and hugely destructive species. Courtesy of Bill Lea hide caption

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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog
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Hunting And National Parks Don't Mix Except When It Comes To Feral Hogs
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Yellowstone Officials Encounter Visitors Behaving Badly
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Budget Shortfalls Affect National Parks' Maintenance, Cleaning
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A black bear looks up at a line of picture-taking tourists near the popular Laurel Falls Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Keeping Bears Wild — Or Trying — At National Parks
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Scientists Look To Insects To Diagnose The Health Of A National Park
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National Park Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary
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After Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucuses, All Eyes On New York
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Albuquerque Residents Feel Little Has Changed Since Police Reform Began
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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Members File Wage Discrimination Complaint
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Some Voters Faced Long Lines To Cast Their Ballots On Tuesday
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Ariz., last week. He's the first candidate to do so since 1999. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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Arizona Primary: Native Americans Could Be Key For Democrats
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Politicians And Hollywood Stars Gather For Nancy Reagan Funeral
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