President’s column: A significant win for public records in Idaho

By Betsy Russell

The Idaho Press Club has won a significant legal ruling in our lawsuit against Ada County, the state’s largest county, over its non-compliance with the Idaho Public Records Act.

We sued, with the support of numerous news organizations in Idaho, and we won. In a sharply worded 31-page ruling, 4th District Judge Deborah Bail found that the county “not only did not follow the Idaho Public Records Act, it acted as though a different Act had been enacted – a reverse image of Idaho … [Read more...]

What we learned from the records we got in the Ada County lawsuit

By Melissa Davlin

Judge Deborah Bail's decision in our lawsuit against Ada County over its illegal public records practices didn't just admonish the attorneys responsible for breaking Idaho's public records laws. It also ordered the county to turn over the unredacted documents the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Statesman and Idaho Education News had requested.

And now, because we sued on behalf of Press Club members, we are turning the documents over to you for reporting purposes, along with this summary of our findings … [Read more...]

The Best of 2019 Annual Awards Contest Time to enter your best work!

The Idaho Press Club’s annual excellence in journalism contest is now open for entries. Be sure to submit your best work from 2019 — you deserve the recognition!

Our contest is, in many ways, the heartbeat of the Idaho Press Club. It showcases the best work of Idaho journalists, in all media, large and small, all across the state. It bestows well-deserved recognition for fine work, allowing Idaho journalists to distinguish themselves as they build their careers and resumes. It includes categories for student journalists, periodicals … [Read more...]

Media Moves


While Idaho Reports host Melissa Davlin is on maternity leave, Gemma Gaudette of Boise State Public Radio's Idaho Matters will fill in for her at the anchor desk. Idaho Public Television associate producer Devon Downey will take over as lead producer of Idaho Reports for the 2020 legislative session, while producer Seth Ogilvie works on other projects.


Jessica Mullins, who previously was KTVB digital managing editor, has been promoted to … [Read more...]