Nathan Rott Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where he focuses on environment issues and the American West.
Nathan Rott at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Nathan Rott

Correspondent, National Desk

Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where he focuses on environment issues and the American West.

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 California's wildfires to in-depth issues like the management of endangered species and many points between.

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.

A 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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Pumpjacks like this one dot the desert of southeast New Mexico, as oil and gas companies rush to develop one of the largest oil reserves in the world. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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In Midst Of An Oil Boom, New Mexico Sets Bold New Climate Goals

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New Mexico Lawmakers Aim For Carbon-Free Energy By 2045

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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Massive Public Lands Package

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Trump To Nominate Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt To Lead Department

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Two grizzly gears at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Mont. Most bears are relocated to the center when they or their parents have issues with or become too comfortable interacting with humans. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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As Grizzlies Come Back, Frustration Builds Over Continued Protections

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Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects On Wildfire Disaster Response

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Winter is peak time for prescribed burns, deliberately set fires designed to eliminate leaves and other flammable material that could fuel a larger forest fire. But the partial government shutdown is interfering with this and other preparations for the fire season. Wayne Parry/AP hide caption

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During His Time As Interior Secretary, Zinke Advanced 'Energy Dominance'

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The Trump administration wants to limit the scope of a major clean water rule. It says the EPA under President Obama went too far in regulating isolated waters and wetlands far upstream from navigable lakes and rivers. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections

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The greater sage grouse is viewed as an "indicator" species for the health of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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The city of Del Mar, Calif., located about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, has voted against a formal policy of "managed retreat" from rising seas. Art Wager/Getty Images hide caption

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'Retreat' Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas

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