Kirk Siegler


Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.

Siegler grew up near Missoula, MT, and received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado.  He’s an avid skier and traveler in his spare time.



Tue February 15, 2011

Education Secretary Calls for Increased Financial Aid

Education Secretary Arne Duncan leads a panel at Manual High School
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in Colorado for what the Obama Administration is billing as a first of its kind summit between teachers and administrators. 

The former chief of the Chicago Public Schools also swung through northeast Denver’s Manual High School where he held a forum with faculty and students about college financial aid.

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Tue February 15, 2011

Governor’s Budget Has Deep Cuts for K-12 Education

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In his first budget Governor John Hickenlooper is proposing the highest cuts to K through 12 schools the state has ever seen to fill an estimated $1 billion shortfall.

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Mon February 14, 2011

President Calls for Slimmed-down Federal Payouts to Rural Counties

Some rural counties in Colorado rely on federal cash payouts to pay for things like road maintenance and schools.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Some rural Colorado counties are getting a hand in President Obama’s proposed budget thanks to a request for more than $300 million to fund two programs that provide cash payouts to counties with large amounts of public lands.

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Fri February 11, 2011

Land Board Pulls Controversial Gas Leasing Near Reservoir

State land board officials have decided against opening up land near a reservoir in central Colorado for oil and gas drilling, a move being hailed by conservationists who worry the area is too close to a major source of drinking water for Denver.

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Thu February 10, 2011

Former Colorado Governor Honored at Solar Summit

Former Governor Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) was hailed for his work promoting clean energy in Loveland
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Solar energy industry leaders convening for an annual conference in Loveland are bestowing praise for former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s efforts to boost clean energy in Colorado.  The Boulder-based Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association gave Ritter its annual President’s Award at a luncheon Thursday. 

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