Nathan Rott Nathan Rott is a reporter on NPR's National Desk.

Nathan Rott

Reporter, National Desk

Nathan Rott is a reporter on NPR's National Desk.

Based at NPR West in Culver City, California, Rott spends a lot of his time on the road, covering everything from breaking news stories like the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino to in-depth issues like the future of our national parks. Though his reporting takes him around the country, Rott's primary focus and interest is the ever-changing face of the American West. Whether it's the effects of warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, the changing demographics of rural towns, or the plight of the prairie chicken, Rott tries to tell the stories of the people that live, breathe, and work in the American West and portray the issues that are important to them.

Rott owes his start at NPR to two extraordinary young men he never met. As the first recipient of the Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship in 2010, he aims to honor the memory of the two brothers by carrying on their legacy of making the world a better place.

As a Montanan and graduate of the University of Montana, Rott prefers to be outside at just about every hour of the day. Prior to working at NPR, he worked a variety of jobs including wildland firefighting, commercial fishing, children's theater teaching, and professional snow-shoveling for the United States Antarctic Program. Odds are, he's shoveled more snow than you.

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The Trump administration's proposal would give states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Set To Unveil Its Replacement For Obama's Clean Power Plan

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Is There A Better Way To Fight Massive Wildfires?

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What The Trump Administration Has Proposed To Change In The Endangered Species Act

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A yellow-bellied marmot keeps an eye out while it gets a bite to eat. Related to groundhogs, yellow-bellied marmots are getting fatter and bigger because of the longer growing season brought on by climate change. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Spring Is Springing Sooner, Throwing Nature's Rhythms Out Of Whack

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Surfing For Science: A New Way To Gather Data For Ocean And Coastal Research

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EPA Administrator Pruitt Cites 'Unrelenting Attacks' For His Departure

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And Los Angeles Says Hello To Ex-Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James

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Scott Pruitt's Ethical Missteps Don't Seem To Have Any Effect On His Standing With Trump

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Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption Draws Scientific Interest

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Kilauea Volcano Disrupts Big Island's Tourist-Dependent Economy

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Why People Chose To Live Near A Volcano

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