Twin Falls Times-News

Former editor Josh Awtry was named managing editor at The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, Colo., in December. Alison Gene Smith, formerly a reporter for NCW Media in Wenatchee, Wash., joined the Times-News in December as criminal justice reporter.

Melissa Davlin, formerly a features reporter, moved to politics and government reporter in December and is covering this year’s legislative session. Natalie Dicou, who formerly covered education for the Salt Lake Tribune, signed on as features reporter in December.

Former politics and government reporter Ben Botkin went to the Bend Bulletin in Bend, Ore., as an education reporter in December. Steve Kadel, new reporter and Sunday/Community editor, joins the paper March 18 from the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings, Ore.

Autumn Phillips, most recently managing editor at the New Braunfels (Texas) Herald-Zeitung, will become the new editor of the Times-News on March 22. Prior to her work in Texas, she was founding editor of the Sky-Hi Daily News (Swift Communications) in Colorado. She also worked in Arizona following her graduation from Southern Maine University in Portland in 2000.


KTVB Channel 7, Boise

Kate Morris was promoted from executive producer to news director. Adam Worthington is a new editor and photographer.

New editor and photographer Ryan Hilliard formerly worked for KTRV. Editor Kathleen Spencer left for a position as a photographer at KEZI.

KTRV Channel 12,   Boise

On December 5, 2011, KTRV suspended its news services and laid off its entire news staff.

KIFI/KIDK, Idaho Falls/Pocatello

Robert Patten is the new digital content director.  He came from the Rexburg Standard Journal. David Plourd is the new assignment editor; he has been a local radio reporter for a number of years.

Jamie Ostroff, who previously was a writer at WSVN in Miami, has joined the staff as a reporter. New reporter Stephanie Hale-Lopez previously worked at KLEW in Lewiston.

Lenny Smith has been promoted to Executive Producer, from digital content director. Kylie Bearse, former weekend weather anchor/reporter, has been promoted to morning news anchor.

Whitney Hise is a new reporter.  She came from WSU and was an intern at KOMO. Stephanie Hale-Lopez left for a job at KIFI in Idaho Falls; and Anchor/ Reporter Tracci Dial has left the staff.


Boise State Public Radio

Scott Graff joins the newsroom in early April; he’ll be the station’s new Morning Edition host and a senior editor. Graff comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he’s been the Morning Edition host for eight years. You may have heard some of his reporting on NPR news magazines such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition.