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Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio/Idaho Public Television

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EarthFix journalist based in Boise, Idaho


Aaron Kunz has been in the broadcast business since 1993, when he got his first job as a weekend overnight board operator at an FM radio station in Blackfoot, Idaho. After a break from the media when he served in the Army, Aaron progressed up the ranks at the station in Blackfoot and was eventually promoted to production director. He later worked as a producer and host at the Idaho News Network.

Aaron began his television news career in 2000, starting as a weekend photographer in Idaho Falls before advancing as a full-time photographer. Aaron did his first live shot as a TV reporter on Sept. 11, 2001. A short time later he was picked to temporarily fill a vacancy on an Idaho Falls station’s morning show as co-host, producer, and weather forecaster. Aaron went on to oversee the show’s operations while also working in front of the cameras. Aaron eventually transitioned to work as a field reporter, as well as a weekend news producer. Aaron won a national reporting award from the National Association of Conservation Districts for his series on Eastern Idaho farmers who were finding ways to make their operations better for the environment while improving their crops. Aaron eventually became his station’s political reporter, covering the Idaho Legislature and political campaigns.

In his free time, Aaron is a natural light photographer and loves taking nature photos but also takes pictures of kids and adults in his free time. Aaron is also a fan of competitive three gun shooting and is slowly making his entry into competition. He also spends a lot of time at home with his wife Heather and toddler Maya on the weekends.


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Recent Articles:

Going For Launch With The Salmon Cannon

Sept. 23, 2014

Can Scientists And State Policymakers Get It Right When It Comes To Protecting The Sage Grouse?

Sept. 18, 2014

Communities Around White Clouds Sharply Split Over Proposal

Aug. 13, 2014

Uncertain Future For Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds

April 14, 2014

Climate Plays Critical Role In Water Discussion

March 11, 2014

Field Notes: Compiling A Video 'Water Handbook' For Idaho

Nov. 6, 2013

Season Of Smoke: Changing Climate Leads To Bigger, Smokier Wildfires

Oct. 1, 2013

U.S. Issues New Plan For Columbia River Treaty

Sept. 20, 2013

Pacific Fishery Managers Take Up Forage Fish Issue

Sept. 16, 2013

The Danger Of Wildfire Continues After The Fire Is Gone

Sept. 9, 2013

How Rebounding Wolves Are Helping Feed Grizzly Bears

July 29, 2013

Wolf-Take Rules On Oregon's Books Again

July 12, 2013

Why It's Getting Harder To Deal With Droughts And Floods

May 3, 2013

Ending Year-End Checks For Green Energy Surpluses

April 26, 2013

Report: Feds Planning To Drop Wolves' Legal Protections

April 26, 2013

Idaho Joins The Public Lands Tug Of War

April 10, 2013

Dredging Plan For Lower Snake Stirs Up Opinions

April 8, 2013

Idaho Suction Dredge Miners Now Need EPA Permits

April 4, 2013

Tribes Work To Maximize Columbia River Basin Steelhead

March 28, 2013

Trails Of Trouble As Maintenance Slides In Wilderness Areas

March 13, 2013

Idaho's New State Water Plan Adopted Without Legislative Approval

March 7, 2013

Idaho Governor Creates LINE 2.0 Commission

March 6, 2013

Idaho Rangeland Fire Volunteers Closer to Reality

Feb. 28, 2013

Living Near the Rail Yard

Feb. 22, 2013

Idaho Closer to Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

Feb. 19, 2013

Mining Industry in Idaho Seek Shorter Permit Application Period

Feb. 13, 2013

Looking to the Clouds For More Snow Now -- And More Hydropower Later

Feb. 12, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Recommendations

Feb. 6, 2013

How Long Will Nuclear Research Power Idaho's Desert Economy?

Feb. 4, 2013

Gearing Up For This Week's Report On Idaho's Nuclear Future

Jan. 29, 2013

Western States' Public Lands Fight Comes To Idaho

Jan. 22, 2013

Idaho Governor Supports Creation of New Volunteer Fire Districts

Jan. 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Underscores Commitment to Keep Nuclear Waste Out of State

Jan. 7, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds Idaho's Roadless Plan

Jan. 7, 2013

Video: Nez Perce Tribe Works to Re-Introduce Coho Salmon to Idaho

Dec. 27, 2012

Idaho Power Uses Cloud Seeding To Enhance Winter Snowpack

Dec. 24, 2012

Feds Hope For Collaborative Effort On Salmon Long-Term Planning

Dec. 17, 2012

Audit Pushed To Rekindle Mining Act Reforms

Dec. 12, 2012

Feds Give Stakeholders Bigger Salmon Recovery Role

Dec. 11, 2012

Restoring An Extinct Salmon Species

Dec. 9, 2012

Idaho Task Force Issues Draft Plan For Nuclear Energy (Updated with Snake River Alliance Response)

Dec. 3, 2012

Idaho Panel On Nuclear Future Delays Recommendations

Nov. 16, 2012

NW Utilities Ramping Up Energy Efficiency Message

Nov. 9, 2012

Idaho Voters Create Constitutional Right To Hunt, Fish, And Trap

Nov. 7, 2012

National Rivers Initiative In The Northwest Puts Emphasis On Salmon Habitat

Oct. 29, 2012

Idaho Voters to Decide Right to Hunt Amendment

Oct. 24, 2012

Idaho Gold Miner Says He's Not Interested in Salmon River Anymore

Oct. 18, 2012

Energy Efficiency Campaign Draws Attention to TVs

Oct. 9, 2012

Industry Deploys Ground-Shaking Methods In Quest For Idaho Natural Gas

Sept. 30, 2012

Columbia River Salmon Recovery Gets Mixed Report Card

Sept. 28, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Controlling Wastewater

Sept. 28, 2012

Federal Order Says Utility Must Buy Wind Power

Sept. 20, 2012

Small-Time Gold Mining Creates A Big Stir

Sept. 19, 2012

Land Board Approves Exclusive Mineral Lease On Salmon River

Sept. 18, 2012

Idaho's Protected Salmon the Focus of Weekend Festival

Aug. 27, 2012

Fish And Game Director Says Idaho Wildlife Summit A Success

Aug. 27, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Summit Seeks Answers to Future Problems

Aug. 24, 2012

For The Northwest, Rivers Reflect 'America's Great Outdoors'

Aug. 21, 2012

How Drawing Down Rivers Can Impair Water Quality

Aug. 16, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Raising The Temperature

Aug. 15, 2012

First Idaho Sockeye Of 2012 Arrives at Sawtooth Trap

July 26, 2012

'Lonesome Larry' At 20: Still A Symbol of Idaho Sockeye's Plight

July 24, 2012

Judge Hands Down $2 Million Fine to Mining Company

July 20, 2012

Bringing Back Idaho Salmon

July 19, 2012

100-Year-Old River Gauge Still Has Something to Say

June 22, 2012

A Global Look At Rising Fire Risks

June 15, 2012

NW Tribes Working To Develop Better Hatchery Fish

June 7, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Area Up For Natural Gas Leases

May 22, 2012

How Saving On Water Can Slim Your Energy Profile

May 17, 2012

Which Mammals Will Adapt to Climate Change?

May 14, 2012

Judge Redden on Saving Salmon: Tear Down Those Dams

April 25, 2012

Are NW Residents Willing to Pay for More Renewable Energy?

April 9, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Removing Federal Wolf Protections

March 14, 2012

Landowners Caught in the Middle of Wind Energy Debate in Idaho

March 2, 2012

Idaho Senators Voice Concern Over Natural Gas Bill That Threatens Local Control

Feb. 29, 2012

Idaho Panel Advances Wind Energy Moratorium

Feb. 22, 2012

Idaho Lawmaker Pushes Wind Moratorium Bill

Feb. 20, 2012

Idaho Starts Work on Sage Grouse Management Plan

Feb. 14, 2012

Oregon Wolf OR-9 Killed in Idaho

Feb. 10, 2012

Wind Turbine Moratorium Bill is Introduced to Idaho Legislature

Feb. 10, 2012

Is Nuclear Dead After Fukushima Meltdown?

Feb. 8, 2012

Idaho Senate Panel Approves Natural Gas Rule

Feb. 6, 2012

Western Idaho Community Split Over Natural Gas Drilling

Feb. 6, 2012

Trash-eating Microbes, Wind Turbines, And Sage Grouse

Jan. 31, 2012

National Study Shows Rural Towns Value Their Trails, Too

Jan. 30, 2012

Idaho Counties and Natural Gas Groups Reach Agreement

Jan. 30, 2012

Field Notes: Green Camping In a Wintery White-out

Jan. 26, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Poised to Address Environmental Issues

Jan. 20, 2012

Idaho House Committee Approves Oil and Gas Regulations

Jan. 17, 2012

Canadian Mining Co. Found Responsible for Idaho Contamination

Jan. 10, 2012

Idaho Solar Company Files Complaint Over Electricity Bills

Jan. 9, 2012

Western Sage Grouse 101

Jan. 6, 2012

Natural Gas Industry Seeks Local Support in Idaho

Dec. 22, 2011

Conservation Group Asks for Regulations on Wind Turbines

Dec. 15, 2011

Despite Nuclear Company's Travails, It Says Idaho Plant Remains On Track

Dec. 13, 2011

Idaho Residents More Open to Nukes Than Neighbors

Dec. 8, 2011

Boise River Clean-Up Matches Idaho Residents' Clean-Water Priorities

Dec. 6, 2011

Judge Redden To Step Away From Columbia Salmon, Hydro Case

Nov. 23, 2011

Conservation Group Departs From Salmon Court Battle

Nov. 21, 2011

Idaho Moves Ahead With Rules On Gas Well Fracking

Nov. 15, 2011

Idaho, Montana Wolf-Hunting Foes Get Day In Court

Nov. 8, 2011

Planning for Energy needs in Idaho and E. Oregon

Nov. 2, 2011

EPA Adds Public Comment Time on Fracking Rules

Oct. 28, 2011

Conservation Groups Petition Judge Redden to Make Change

Oct. 27, 2011

A 'Trust Forced on the West' Creates Balancing Act on Public Lands

Oct. 19, 2011

Court Lets Hunt Go On In Idaho, Montana

Oct. 19, 2011

Field Notes: Shivering in Paradise, Shooting Underwater

Oct. 19, 2011

Ductless Heat Pumps Get a Northwest Push

Sept. 27, 2011

Shake-up at Gas Drilling Company with Idaho Wells

Sept. 20, 2011

Idaho Sockeye Salmon Count Beats Expectations

Sept. 16, 2011

Wolf Advocates File Appeal to Budget Rider

Sept. 12, 2011

Idaho's Wolf Hunt Gets Underway

Aug. 31, 2011

Wolf Discussion Evolves in Northwest

Aug. 25, 2011

Field Notes: Documenting the Return of Idaho's Sockeye Salmon

Aug. 22, 2011

Fix Your Coordinates: Rafting Hells Canyon

Aug. 10, 2011

Hells Canyon: Still A Haven For The Man Who Fought For It

Aug. 10, 2011

Oregon to Compensate Ranchers for Wolf Predation

Aug. 2, 2011

Judge Rules Columbia Salmon Plan Falls Short

Aug. 2, 2011

Natural Gas Drillers Eye the Northwest

Aug. 1, 2011

Idaho Gas Drilling: New Activity Raises Community Concerns

July 31, 2011

Local Idaho Officials Take On Feds Over National Wildlife Refuge

July 22, 2011

Idaho's Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Plan Stirs Controversy

July 21, 2011

The Science Behind Microbes

July 13, 2011

Turning Idaho Trash Into Compost

July 13, 2011