Kirk Siegler Kirk Siegler is a correspondent 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

Correspondent, National Desk

As a correspondent on NPR's national desk, 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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President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case

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LA Homeless Shelters Face Opposition

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Cairo, Ill. lies at the heart of one of the fastest depopulating regions in America. On some streets, old mansions are abandoned and nature is taking over whole city blocks. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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'Nobody Cares About Cairo': Residents of Shrinking River Town Fight To Bring It Back

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Many Korean Americans Skeptical Of President Trump's Meeting With Kim Jong Un

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Public Housing Crisis Threatens Illinois River Town's Existence

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Dr. Mai Khanh Tran, a Democrat seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 39th Congressional District of California, canvasses last weekend in Rowland Heights, Calif. The predominantly Asian-American community lies in historically conservative Orange County. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Asian-American Voters Could Become A Force In Historically Red Orange County

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How The Trump Administration's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy Is Playing Out In California

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Okanogan County Commissioner Jim Detro says urban environmentalists want to reintroduce the bears with little regard for people in rural areas who will have to deal with the consequences. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Ranchers Sour On Trump Administration Over Proposal To Bring Back Grizzly Bears

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Protesters march on the UCLA campus Monday in Los Angeles, demanding solutions to gender pay inequity and higher wages. It was the first of three days of walkouts by service workers at University of California campuses. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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After 3-Day Strike, University Of California's Service Workers Vow To Keep Fighting

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In Tijuana, Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers Await Entry Into The U.S.

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Deana Quczada of Honduras has been camping with her young children on the street in Tijuana for several days. Going back to the violence in her home country is not an option, she says. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers Still Waiting At U.S. Border In Tijuana

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Jimmy Mejia and his wife, Patty Garrido, are being evicted from their South Los Angeles apartment. They're having trouble finding new housing they can afford. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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California Housing Crisis: Working But On The Brink Of Homelessness

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California Experiences An Alarming Spike In Homelessness

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