As a correspondent on NPR’s nationwide desk, Kirk Siegler covers rural life, tradition and politics from his base in Boise, Idaho.
His beat explores the intersection and divisions between rural and concrete America, together with long run reporting assignments which have taken him incessantly to a struggling timber city in Idaho that misplaced two sawmills proper earlier than the election of President Trump. In 2018, after the deadliest and most harmful wildfire in California historical past, Siegler spent months chronicling the diaspora of residents from Paradise, exploring the persevering with questions over how – or whether or not – the city ought to rebuild in an period of worsening climate-driven wildfires.
Siegler’s award successful reporting on the West’s bitter land use controversies has taken listeners to the center of anti-government standoffs in Oregon and Nevada, together with a uncommon interview with recalcitrant rancher Cliven Bundy. He is additionally profiled quite a few ranching and mining communities from Nebraska to New Mexico which have labored to reinvent themselves in a fast-changing international financial system.
Siegler additionally contributes extensively to the community’s breaking information protection, from floods and hurricanes in Louisiana to lethal college shootings in Connecticut. In 2015, he was awarded a global reporting fellowship from Johns Hopkins College to report on well being and growth in Nepal. Whereas en path to the nation, the worst magnitude earthquake to hit the area in additional than 80 years struck. The fellowship was cancelled, however Siegler was one of many first international journalists to reach in Kathmandu and helped lead NPR’s protection of the rapid aftermath of the lethal quake. He additionally filed in-depth reviews specializing in the humanitarian catastrophe and challenges of bringing aid to among the Nepal’s far-flung rural villages.
Earlier than serving to open the community’s first ever bureau in Idaho on the studios of Boise State Public Radio in 2019, Siegler was primarily based on the NPR West studios in Culver Metropolis, California. Previous to becoming a member of NPR in 2012, Siegler spent seven years reporting from Colorado, the place he grew to become a well-known voice to NPR listeners reporting on politics, water and the state’s ski trade from Denver for NPR Member station KUNC. He received his begin in political reporting protecting the Montana Legislature for Montana Public Radio.
Aside from a quick stint working as a waiter in Sydney, Australia, Siegler has spent most of his grownup life dwelling within the West. He grew up in Missoula, Montana, and obtained a journalism diploma from the College of Colorado at Boulder.