Meet Your IPC : Deb Kristensen

Deb Kristensen is an at-large member of the Idaho Press Club board. She is currently a partner at Givens Pursley specializing in media law. She was the third woman in the history of the Idaho State Bar to serve as its President and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010, a Mountain States Super Lawyer and “Top 40 Women” Mountain States Super Lawyer. Deb was received the Women of the Year Award from the Idaho Business Review and the Idaho Women … [Read more...]


New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: PRINT MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS Cary Wilton, a senior at Washington State University in winemaking, is the new half-time sports and weekend photographer at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. He replaces Nathan Howard, who left after graduating from WSU in journalism to tour Europe. TELEVISION Boise market IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION Brad Iverson-Long, formerly a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, has joined … [Read more...]

Public records and private companies: Tips for requesting records from government contractors

By Rebecca Boone In Idaho, it’s not supposed to matter who holds government records. The law is clear: A public record is public, regardless of whether it’s in the hands of a government agency or a private company hired to do government work. Idaho Code 74-102 (13) states, “A public agency or independent public body corporate and politic shall not prevent the examination or copying of a public record by contracting with a nongovernmental body to perform any of its duties or functions.” But getting access to those privately … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN – Celebrating successes, charting course in changing times…

 By Betsy Russell This year’s Idaho Press Club awards banquet was a smashing success, drawing 165 people to a new venue, “Kindness” in the newly renovated Owyhee Plaza. With great food, great music – thanks to our own journalist/musician Kevin Richert – a great venue, great people and great work to celebrate, it was the right way to toast the Best of 2014. We liked it enough that we’ve already scheduled next year’s awards banquet for the same venue; plan on it for April 30, 2016, when we’ll celebrate the Best of 2015 in Idaho … [Read more...]

Post Company in talks to sell newspapers

NOTE:  This article first appeared in the Idaho Falls Post Register on July 30, 2015 By AUBREY WIEBER The Post Co. is negotiating a deal to sell the businesses and all its assets. President Jerry Brady informed the employees of the possible sale by email Wednesday afternoon. In the email, Brady said the move to sell was spurred by a need for additional resources that a larger company could provide. He felt selling the company, which publishes the Post Register, Jefferson Star, Shelley Pioneer and Challis … [Read more...]

Mid-Career scholarship winner – Communities on the edge: Water in the Magic Valley

Editor’s Note: Stephen Reiss is the winner of this year’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship from the Idaho Press Club, which he is using to help defray the expenses for a long-form enterprise photo story based around specific aspects of water in the Magic Valley. The project will include a multimedia collage of images, sound and video that will be the culmination of the thematic photo essay. Here, Reiss shares what he’s learning as he works on the project. By Stephen Reiss Idaho’s Magic Valley gets its name from a … [Read more...]

Party resolution to relax Sunshine Law lands with a thud

By Betsy Russell NOTE: This article first appeared in The Spokesman-Review. BOISE - Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is less than enthusiastic about a resolution passed by the Idaho Republican Party central committee at its summer meeting in June calling for loosening campaign finance reporting requirements under Idaho’s Sunshine Law. “If they ask my advice, I would say leave it alone,” Denney said. “I’d like to see more transparency. I’d like to know where all the money comes from.” The state GOP passed … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Bill Dentzer

Interviewed by Melissa Davlin Bill Dentzer is a relative newcomer to Boise, but has quickly immersed himself into Idaho journalism and politics. Dentzer has covered politics for the Idaho Statesman since December 2014, and recently joined the Idaho Press Club Board of Directors. Where were you born? Arlington, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. My dad worked in government, and we lived in Arlington and in Peru for a time when I was very young. We moved to New York when I was six and I mostly grew up … [Read more...]

Media Moves

New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: TELEVISION BOISE KTVB Newschannel 7 Reporter Stephanie Zepelin left for a position as an investigative reporter at KTNV Las Vegas. Briana Carr left KTVB to become a producer at KSL in Salt Lake City.  Andrea Lutz left to be news director of KTMF – ABC/FOX Missoula, MT New reporter Emily Valla joins KTVB from KIFI/KIDK in Idaho Falls. Tess … [Read more...]

Celebrate the law

On Wednesday, March 18, at noon in the 4th floor Capitol rotunda, all are invited to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Idaho Public Records Law; cake will be served. This event is part of our state observation of Sunshine Week, celebrating open government nationwide. As we celebrate, we also look ahead to strengthening and improving the law for the century ahead, including legislation this year to make the law more prominent as part of a new title of Idaho state law that compiles and highlights our statutes on “Transparent and Ethical … [Read more...]

It was 25 years ago… Idaho public records law celebrates 25th anniversary

By Betsy Russell Twenty-five years ago this year, the Idaho Legislature passed the Idaho Public Records Act and it was signed into law by Gov. Cecil Andrus. This year, we are celebrating a quarter-century of our state’s having a comprehensive public records act on the books, declaring unequivocally that “every person has a right to examine and take a copy of any public record of this state and there is a presumption that all public records in Idaho are open at all reasonable times for inspection except as otherwise expressly … [Read more...]

Best of 2014 Awards Banquet Celebrating the talent of our members

By Deanna Darr It’s time once again to start polishing your dress shoes in anticipation of honoring the very best of the past year in journalism at the annual Idaho Press Club Best of 2014 Awards banquet. This year the party will be on Saturday, April 25, and we’re shaking things up by heading to the newly restored Owyhee in downtown Boise for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up. We’ll be taking over the ballroom in the former hotel beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour featuring not only a no-host bar, but the musical … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Fighting the good fight to keep public records open

 By Betsy Russell It’s been a busy season on the public records front. We have some good news to report, and some things that are still in flux On the good side:  The Idaho media’s joint efforts to fight secrecy and sealing of both documents and proceedings in the St. Alphonsus vs. St. Luke’s anti-trust case were largely successful. Charles Brown, the Lewiston attorney who represented the Idaho Statesman, the Press Club and other Idaho media in the case, said, “When we first made the motions, we did so at a time when the Court … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Emilie Ritter Saunders has lived in Boise since 2011, when she was hired by NPR's StateImpact. In 2014, she joined the Idaho Press Club state board, on which she currently serves as secretary. Saunders, a Montana native, has worked in both television and radio, and recently shared her perspective on social media, storytelling and the future of journalism. Where were you born?  Great Falls, Mont. Raised in Missoula, Mont. Where have you worked? I started working for my local public radio station, Montana Public Radio, during college. I … [Read more...]