President’s Column: No sunshine for the March 2nd presidential caucus

Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun put out a story earlier this week about the Idaho Republican Party's decision to disallow media coverage from inside caucus locations on March 2. 

I'm disappointed that the party is conducting this high-interest event in secret, … [Read more...]

Anchors away: Boise TV station overhauls newscasts with focus on ‘neighborhood reporters’

By Don Day

NOTE: This column first appeared on BoiseDev, November 16, 2023; it is reprinted here by permission.

For decades, getting news about your local area meant one of two options: a printed newspaper delivered to your doorstep or watching a couple of nicely dressed folks read you information on your TV.

But the last 25 years have largely eroded both of those models as news shifts largely to digital consumption. In Boise, the Idaho Statesman recently stopped printing six days per week, … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPCNate Sunderland

Nate Sunderland is the managing editor for and new member of the Idaho Press Club board.

Interviewed by Melissa Davlin


I grew up in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. But I’ve lived in eastern Idaho for more than two decades now, and claim Idaho Falls as my home.  

Current job: 

I’m the co-founder and managing editor of East Idaho News in Idaho Falls. I’ve been … [Read more...]

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Sarah Cutler joined the Idaho Statesman in Januaryas the City of Boise reporter. She earned a master's degree from Columbia and most recently was a fellow at PBS NewsHour.


Meteorologist Jim Duthie retired after 25 years forecasting in the Treasure Valley.

Rachel Garceau joined the Wake Up Idaho team.

Hector Mendoza has been promoted from a multi-skilled journalist to MSJ for Wake Up Idaho/weather anchor. He continues to serve our Spanish-speaking … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Awards contest and the Legislative Preview Event are coming up soon

It’s contest time – get ready to enter your best work!

The Idaho Press Club’s “Best of 2023” annual awards contest will open for entries on Monday, December 11.  It’s time to review and prepare to enter your best work of the year; you deserve the recognition!
The deadline to enter the contest is Jan. 20. All entries are submitted online at  Go on there now, check out the categories and divisions, and … [Read more...]

Two Idaho weeklies shut down

By Scott McIntosh

NOTE: This column first appeared in the Idaho Statesman on Nov. 9, 2023; it is reprinted here by permission.

You’d think that after 48 years and covering an estimated 1,000 City Council meetings, Mark Steele would take a break. 

But last week, even after he ceased operation of his weekly newspaper, the Caribou County Sun, Steele found himself at Soda Springs City Hall. 

“Believe it or not, I was driving past the City Council meeting the other night, the … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Mario Miguel

Mario Miguel, a student at BYU-Idaho, is just completing his term as the student representative on the Idaho Press Club board.

Interviewed by Melissa Davlin

I was born in California but grew up in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. I have grown to love the West, however, and plan to stay on this side of the country for as long as I can.
Current job?
I am a staff reporter for BYU-Idaho Scroll, … [Read more...]

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Murphy Woodhouse joins the public radio team as the Idaho reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau. Previously Murphy was reporting from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, covering cross-border issues for KJZZ … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Press Club working to increase professional development opportunities

I want to thank members of the Idaho Press Club for trusting me with this position, and thank Betsy for her years of service and continued support.

As president, my priorities include increasing professional development opportunities for journalists across the state, fundraising, and continuing to fight for access to public records and transparent government.

Over the next few months, we are working to set up a professional … [Read more...]

Mid-career grant winner: Eric Westrom

Two-day training focused on techniques and best practices

Eric Westrom is this year’s winner of the Idaho Press Club’s Mid-Career scholarship.  His article shares what he learned at the Director of Photography Creative Conference.  It was a two-day training event that focused on multiple techniques and best practices for cinematographers, videographers, and production crew who film narrative stories and documentaries. The presenters ranged from the director of aerial photography for Top Gun Maverik to internationally … [Read more...]

MEET YOUR IPC: Steve Kiggins, Times-News

Interviewed by Betsy Russell

Name: Steve Kiggins

Age: 48

Job: Editor, Times-News

Press Club position: Board member

Education/career path: I got my first professional byline at 16 years old, a sports gamer in my local twice-weekly newspaper, and I worked as a weekly sports editor through college. My first daily job was on an island in Alaska, where I made it (but just barely!) for a year and a half, … [Read more...]

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The Idaho Capital Sun welcomes Kyle Pfannenstiel as a full-time reporter covering health care and the Idaho Legislature, as well as other state agencies and capital city issues. He replaces Audrey Dutton, who has taken … [Read more...]

Best of 2022 Awards Banquet to Honor Winners

By Deanna Darr

It’s time to celebrate some of the best work of Idaho journalists in the last year. Join us on Saturday, April 29, for the Best of 2022 Annual Awards Banquet.  

We’ll be gathering at the Boise Centre East in the heart of downtown Boise. We’ll be in the ballroom on the fourth floor of the Boise Centre beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour featuring a no-host bar and a chance to catch up with colleagues. You can enter from the Boise Center East entrance just across the Grove from the main … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Register now for Haberman Q & A, courts training, and our annual awards banquet

By Betsy Russell

Registration is open now for all three of our big events this month: A private, in-person, on-the-record Q-and-A in Boise with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman for our members only on April 26, in conjunction with the Frank Church Institute; our top-notch Journalists Institute on Covering the Courts, which will be April 29 in Boise; and our gala annual awards banquet the evening of April 29 at the Boise Centre … [Read more...]