ISU professor, daughter to be featured on ABC's "20/20"

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 12:31:03-04

Former Pocatello resident Andrea Klug-Napier and her mother, Idaho State University education Professor Emerita Beverly Klug, will be featured on ABC’s “20/20” on July 6.

Klug-Napier, 31, who now lives in Basalt, Colorado, was adopted by Klug and her late first husband Joseph Napier back in 1987. 

“She was adopted through Idaho Health and Welfare in Coeur d’ Alene. Klug-Napier has been searching for her biological mother -- and the episode of “20/20” will focus on her quest,” said ISU spokeswoman Chris Gabettas. 

“Klug-Napier was initially contacted by ABC after she posted a picture on Facebook asking for help in finding her birth mother -- and The Denver Post featured a story on Klug-Napier’s initial efforts that was printed in September, 2015,” Gabettas added.

Klug-Napier was born in the Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d’Alene in 1987, and was placed into foster care when she was about six weeks old. Her adoption took place nine months later.

“Andrea put her request for information on Facebook, then somebody from ‘20/20’ picked it up and decided it would make a good story,” Klug said. “They have shot different segments, but they finished the taping with us in March. ABC was fabulous to work with.”

Klug, who was a professor in the College of Education and has authored and co-authored several books, said she brought her daughter to class after they brought her home. Her daughter was well-known by ISU College of Education faculty and staff, and some students. 

Klug would not reveal how this story turns out, except to say “it is a wonderful story.”

Six on Your Side and ABC will air the “20/20” episode Friday, July 6 at 9 p.m.