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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Volunteer Art Broszeit peers through a high powered scope trained on Haystack Rock, where the tufted puffins nest for the summer. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rediscovering Haystack Rock With An Assist From The 'Puffin Man'

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This summer's Carr Fire destroyed more than a thousand homes, largely on the western edge of Redding, Calif. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Will More Logging Save Western Forests From Wildfires?

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Firefighters deal with heavy smoke as they try to contain flames from the Carr Fire as it spreads toward the town of Douglas City near Redding, Calif. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Smoke In Redding, Calif., Is So Thick You Can't See The Sun Most Days

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New homes are being built in the suburbs outside Boise, Idaho. The demand for new homes in Boise is nearly 10 times the number that are actually being built. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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We Asked: How Is The Homeownership Crisis Affecting You?

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One of the many abandoned homes outside Ogallala, Neb. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rural America Faces A Crisis In 'Adequate Housing'

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK and members of the "alt-right" demonstrated during last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A Year After Deadly Rally, Where Does 'Alt-Right' Cause Stand?

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New construction rises over an empty field in Meridian, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. Kyle Green for NPR hide caption

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The New Housing Crisis: Shut Out Of The Market

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Wildfires More Common in Western U.S.

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Wildfires In Western U.S. Could Affect Air Quality For Prolonged Period Of Time

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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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