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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Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise, Calif. Some recovery efforts are stalled by the government shutdown, creating anxiety among survivors and concern for officials. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, Calif.

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After the Camp Fire in November, thousands of people whose homes were destroyed were forced to seek refuge in nearby Chico, Calif. Some 700 people, some in their RVs, are still living at a Red Cross shelter at the Chico fairgrounds. The shelter is expected to close at the end of January. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In The Aftermath Of The Camp Fire, A Slow, Simmering Crisis In Nearby Chico

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Trump Threatens To Cut California's FEMA Funding For Wildfire Relief

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The Eastern Sierra mountains near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. The town is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land and, with the government shutdown, 'the landlords are absent.' Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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'An Eerie Silence' Where Federal Land Agency Workers Are Furloughed

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A firefighter battles the Woolsey Fire burning a home in Malibu, Calif. in November. Fire scientists are finding that homes most frequently burn from flying embers after the initial blaze has passed through. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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How Houses Themselves Become Fuel For Wildfires

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After Another Deadly Disaster, A Call To Hit The Pause Button On Rebuilding

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Just outside of Paradise, the charred remains of the Camp Fire stops just short of a home that survived the blaze. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

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'Rethinking The Past' In The Aftermath Of California's Deadly Wildfires

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, right, answers a reporters question after touring fire ravaged Paradise, Calif. with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, center. The pair advocated more aggressive forest management policies to mitigate damage from future wildfires. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Fast-Tracking Logging On Federal Lands May Not Lessen Wildfire Risk

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Wildfires And Public Health Concerns

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Why Wildfires Are Burning So Hot And Moving So Fast

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Visits California To See Destruction From Wildfires

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The Latest On What's Now The Deadliest Wildfire In California History

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12 Dead And Several Injured In Shooting At Southern California Bar

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