Contest time coming, scholarships open, trauma training in the works…

Idaho journalists are doing top-notch work in what continue to be extremely challenging conditions. You deserve recognition! So it’s time to look over your best work from 2021 and think about what you’d like to enter in our Best of 2021 annual awards contest. Contest entries will open in early December, with the deadline in the third week of January. Don’t put it off ‘til the last minute; start thinking about it now! 

Our contest recognizes everything from spot news coverage to investigations to the Rookie of the Year. … [Read more...]

President’s Column: What the email actually said…

By Betsy Z. Russell

When Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin called a “press conference” at an eastern Idaho elementary school on Oct. 14, she promised in her announcement to “set the record straight regarding the litigation in which the Lt. Governor's office has recently been engaged.”

That would be the Idaho Press Club’s public records lawsuit against her, on behalf of four different Idaho reporters from three different news … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC: J BATES

J Bates is one of the newest members of the Idaho Press Club board.  He is the News Director for Idaho News 6, covering the Treasure Valley on KIVI and the Magic Valley on KSAW.  Born in Rexburg, he has worked at every station in Boise, as well as at stations in Pocatello and Salt Lake City.  His first job was in Cadillac, Michigan.  He became Idaho News 6’s News Director in 2018.
Interviewed by Joan … [Read more...]

Media Moves

New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to:


The Press recently created a new position, regional design editor, and filled it with Grant Purdum. Grant has worked for a number of newspapers across the West, most recently for Gannett as a designer based in Spokane. He's a Washington State University grad.

Nine-year veteran Press education … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Awards reveal set for noon May 1; time to celebrate!

By Betsy Russell

For the second straight year, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to shift our gala annual awards banquet to an enjoy-from-home online contest reveal instead, and it’s coming up on Saturday, May 1st at noon MT.

You can still dress up in your finery if you choose, and please feel free to share the news about your successes online with the hashtag #idahopressclub. We’ve all worked incredibly hard in the past year under extremely challenging conditions, and the accolades for doing good journalism … [Read more...]

Headliners go on despite pandemic

We skipped the bacon this year. But we got the quotes

By Audrey Dutton

Last year’s Idaho Press Club legislative headliner events were among the last large gatherings some of us attended before the pandemic struck Idaho.

This year, we took the annual Governor’s Breakfast and Legislative Luncheon to Zoom.

That didn't exactly ease our Zoom fatigue, and we missed seeing each other in person, chatting and enjoying … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC Board

Tom Michael, General Manager of Boise State Public Radio

Tom Michael is General Manager of Boise State Public Radio, which he joined as its director in July 2016. In February 2018 he launched the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of six public media organizations across five states, and serves as its managing director. In April 2018 he launched “Idaho Matters,” a weekday public affairs program, and serves as its executive producer. Tom … [Read more...]

New non-profit news site launches in Boise

The Idaho Capital Sun launched in Idaho on March 31, as part of a States Newsroom network that includes non-profit news outlets in 20+ states across the country. According to the States Newsroom website, “States Newsroom has established a new, philanthropic business model that focuses on state politics and policy. Our model is different: It is entirely made possible by donors of all sizes and … we don’t run ads of any kind or accept corporate donations or underwriting.” The non-profit posts online all its donors of more than $500 since … [Read more...]



Ruth Brown has been hired as a producer/writer for Idaho Public Television. Previously, Brown worked as a reporter for the Idaho Statesman. Before that, she worked for the Idaho Press and Idaho Falls Post-Register.

Logan Finney has been hired as an associate producer for Idaho Public Television. Previously, he was an intern and production assistant at the station. Prior to that, Finney was a McClure Center intern for the University of Idaho, and has contributed to a number of Idaho publications, including … [Read more...]

On three decades of capturing Idaho’s history in the making…

By Katherine Jones

I moved to Boise to work at the Statesman in 1990, the year of Idaho’s centennial, and retired 31 years later, just a few years after the Statesman celebrated its 155th anniversary. I worked there for one-fifth of the Statesman’s life. Or, in other words, long enough that the photos I took as a (young, novice) photojournalist are now — historic.

My retirement coincided with the sale of the … [Read more...]

Apply now for Idaho Press Club scholarships

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Have a great idea for a story and no funds to get it to print or on the air? Need money for professional training?  Apply for the Idaho Press Club’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship.

The Mid-Career Scholarship awards $500 for any Idaho Press Club member to use for any training or project that will improve the working press in Idaho. The only catch: You must share what you learn with Press Club members through a discussion at a conference or an article in an upcoming edition … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC


Tara Roberts, student media adviser and general manager for University of Idaho Student Media, is among the latest additions to the Idaho Press Club board. Tara, born in Laclede, Idaho, outside Sandpoint, started as a student journalist at The Argonaut as a freshman.  She worked at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and did a stint as a science writer for the University before taking her current … [Read more...]

Media Moves

New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to:


Lauren Bonneau joined the Idaho Business Review on Feb. 8 as editor. She has spent the past 15 years working in the tech/software industry as a writer and editor for a Boston-based B2B trade publication, and recently relocated to Boise. Interim editor Sharon Fisher will become interim managing editor. 

KIVI/KNIN/KSAW … [Read more...]

Doing good work in extremely challenging times

President’s Column

By Betsy Russell

Yes, things have been rough. Really rough! But we’re all doing good work, and that matters.

Now it’s time to look over your work from 2020 and think about what you’d like to enter in our Best of 2020 annual awards contest. The best work from journalists in all media in Idaho, along with the work of journalism students and PR folks, is highlighted in this annual statewide contest, and you deserve the recognition!

The contest is opening for entries at our website, [Read more...]