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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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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Montana's Senate Race Might Come Down To Who's More Likable

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California Voters To Decide Whether To Repeal Recent Gas Tax Hike

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How One Colorado Town Is Tackling Suicide Prevention — Starting With The Kids

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A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs

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Is Rent Control An Answer To California's Housing Crisis?

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

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