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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As Oregon Wildfires Burn, Some Evacuees Are Returning Home

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What Are The Costs Of Climate Change?

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What Are The Health Effects Of The Smoke From Wildfires?

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Smoke, Dense Fog Complicate Oregon Firefighting Efforts

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A baby turtle is released into the ocean in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, part of a campaign to save the endangered Lekang sea turtles. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) Firdia Lisnawati/AP hide caption

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Portland Sees 100th Day Of Protests For Racial Justice

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How Communities Are Remaking Themselves To Become Fire Resistant

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The five largest fires in California history have occurred since 2003, a sign that climate change is making extreme wildfires more frequent. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth

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Fires In California And Colorado Cover The West With Smoke

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Fire Season In California Puts A Strain On Firefighting Resources

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Climate Change May Lead To More Record Heat And Fires In California, Experts Warn

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A monitoring station at Death Valley National Park measured a temperature of 130 degrees Sunday — likely a record for August in the park, the National Weather Service says. Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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The sun sets through smoke created by the Ranch Fire this week in Azusa, Calif. The heat wave will likely hinder firefighting efforts, but at least the strong winds that fuel wildfires are not expected. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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