Kirk Siegler As a correspondent on NPR's national desk, Kirk Siegler covers rural life, culture and politics from his base in Boise, Idaho.
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Kirk Siegler

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Kirk Siegler is a national correspondent for NPR News. As a roving reporter, he covers the western U.S. with an emphasis on rural issues, water and the effects of climate change on smaller communities and former natural resource dependent towns. Recent assignments have taken him to the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona where indigenous groups are protesting mines proposed on ancestral lands that are also seen as key to the Biden administration's goals of transforming the U.S. transportation grid to electricity.

After the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, Siegler spent months chronicling the diaspora of residents from Paradise, exploring the continuing questions over how – or whether – the town should rebuild in an era of worsening climate-driven wildfires. Siegler is also frequently deployed to national and international breaking news events, from the deadly wildfires on Maui, to hurricanes in Louisiana to mass shootings in Florida to a devastating earthquake in Nepal. In 2015, 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 disaster.

In 2022, he was awarded a fellowship from the United Nations Foundation to report on climate change which took him to the Brazilian Amazon to report on the effects of deforestation and to the tiny Caribbean island nation of Dominica which is still recovering from the deadly 2017 Hurricane Maria.

Before helping open the network's first ever bureau in Idaho at the studios of Boise State Public Radio in 2019, Siegler was based at NPR West in Culver City, California for seven years. Prior to joining NPR in 2012, 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 in Missoula, Montana, and received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Wednesday

Scorching temperatures prompt excessive heat warnings in southwest U.S.

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Tuesday

There's unprecedented funding for fire prevention this summer

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Wednesday

Summer fire season nears as many wildland firefighting jobs are vacant

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Thursday

Monday

The Valley of the Gods, a part of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Biden's National Monument expansion applauded by allies, but big obstacles loom

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Friday

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Short-term loss for long-term gain? The ethical dilemma at the heart of EVs

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Wednesday

Tina Riley moved to Idaho recently in search of a new career working in the clean energy transition. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Oil industry could help the Biden administration tap 'invisible' green energy

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Tuesday

Alissa Pili #35 and Jenna Johnson #22 of the Utah Utes react after a basket against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in Spokane, Wash. on March 25, 2024. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Steph Chambers/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Scientists Carly Biedul, Coordinator at The Great Salt Lake Institute, Bonnie Baxter, Director at The Great Salt Lake Institute, and Heidi Hoven, Senior Manager at the Gillmor Sanctuary and Audubon Rockies, showed us around a bird sanctuary where many species of birds and insects the the birds feed on are affected by the recession of The Great Salt Lake. Lindsay D'Addato for NPR hide caption

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What biologists see from the shores of the drying Great Salt Lake

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Monday

Dwayne Ehmer carries a U.S. flag as he rides his horse on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. An armed anti-government militia occupied the headquarters there to protest the jailing of two ranchers accused of arson. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A conservative Oregon county attempts criminal prosecution of a federal employee

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Thursday

The coal power plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming, owned by Rocky Mountain Power, is scheduled to be decommissioned next year. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Why a town on the front line of America's energy transition isn't letting go of coal

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Monday

Receding water in Utah's Great Salt Lake is seen on March 5. Environmentalists are suing the state to force water cutbacks to farmers to save the Great Salt Lake. Lindsay D'Addato for NPR hide caption

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Farmers accused of drying up the imperiled Great Salt Lake say they can help save it

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Wednesday

FILE - A mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine, April 4, 2013, near Decker, Mont. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, a U.S. appeals court struck down a judge's 2022 order that imposed a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

What this year's mild winter means for wildfire season in the western U.S.

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Monday

Wildfire managers, trying to staff up for this year's season, face many issues

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Friday

Salt Lake City sits in a bowl of a mountain valley where dirty air can get trapped for days during winter inversions. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Utah is pushing back against ever-tightening EPA air pollution standards

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Monday

Winter storms in the west have lacked enough snow for communities that depend on it

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Tuesday

LIV Health's recently opened urgent care clinic is in a high-profile location along one of Wyoming's busiest streets. Rachel Woolf for NPR hide caption

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'We don't want to be first place.' Wyoming tries to address high gun suicide rates

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Wednesday

Utah lawmakers are hearing calls to protect the Great Salt Lake

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Tuesday

Wyoming makes positive change to lower state's high gun suicide rate

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Thursday

Tuesday

Why 2023 has been such an unusual and tragic year for wildfires

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Thursday

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2006 file photo shows file photo shows the Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River in Pasco, Wash. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston, File) Jackie Johnson/AP hide caption

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Saturday

This December 2018 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the breeding male of the Chesnimnus Pack caught on camera during the winter survey on U.S. Forest Service land in northern Wallowa County, Oregon. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File) AP hide caption

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Wolves are returning to Colorado. But is it too crowded for them to thrive?

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