Nathan Rott Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where he focuses on environment issues and the American West.
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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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Biologists pile recently dead mussel shells on the edge of the Clinch River after documenting the species' number and type. The smell can get "real bad," says biologist Rose Agbalog. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Nature's 'Brita Filter' Is Dying And Nobody Knows Why

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Why Freshwater Mussels Are Dying

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Climate researcher Juliano Calil helps a resident of Turner Station use the virtual reality program he created to show the expected impacts of sea level rise there. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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How Virtual Reality Can Help People Better Understand Climate Change

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States Of Emergency And Possible Power Cuts As California Faces Wildfires

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Fast-Moving Wildfires And Strong Winds Cause Disruptions And Concern In California

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The Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska. The spruce, hemlock and cedar trees of the Tongass have been a source of timber for the logging industry. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Wildfires In Southern California

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Wildfires Continue To Burn, Force Evacuations In Southern California

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Climate Change Lags Behind Other Issues On Charitable Giving Despite Large Donations

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California Pushes Back On Trump Administration Over Emissions Standards

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Philip Connors has spent 17 summers as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest. Lookouts are the eyes in the forest, even as the forests they watch have changed, shaped by developers, shifting land management policies and climate change. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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EPA Confirms The Agency Is Changing Water Policy

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Water Rule

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Technology Replaces Fire Lookouts At The Forest Service

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