Nathan Rott Nathan Rott is a reporter on NPR's National Desk.
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Nathan Rott at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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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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California Community Deals With Back-To-Back Tragedies

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News Brief: Trump Rule Attempts To Limit Asylum-Seekers, Thousand Oaks Shooting

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Update On Thousand Oaks Shooting

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Sheriff's Sergeant Among Those Killed In A Mass Shooting In California

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Southern California Voters Share What's Driving Them To The Polls

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In New Mexico, an elected Land Commissioner oversees oil and gas leases on millions of acres of state land. The race is drawing big money from fossil fuel interests and environmental groups. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Why Big Money Is Being Pumped Into A Small New Mexico Race

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The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. Democrats in some midterm swing races are targeting the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks and climate denial. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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Democrats Plan More Environmental Oversight If Midterms Swing Their Way

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Fire ecologist Malcolm North looks down at the still-burning Lions Fire from a ridge in the Sierra Nevadas. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Fire Ecologists Say More Fires Should Be Left To Burn. So Why Aren't They?

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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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