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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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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Lava advances west on Leilani Avenue on May 27. U.S. Geological Survey hide caption

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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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Hawaii Officials Send Different Messages For Residents And Tourists About Active Volcano

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Residents Near Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Brace For Uncertainty

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announcing his decision in April to scrap Obama administration fuel economy standards. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Nothing Certain In Search For 'Regulatory Certainty' At EPA

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Scott Pruitt Praised And Reviled For 'Effectiveness,' But How Effective Is He?

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Pruitt Proposes EPA Science Restrictions

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Park rangers meet in front of Yosemite Falls in 2016 in Yosemite National Park in California. Increased fees are expected to boost funding for park maintenance across the country. David Calvert/Getty Images hide caption

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