Brad W. Gary has been promoted to assistant city editor at the Lewiston Tribune after spending six years as a reporter at the paper. Before coming to the Tribune, he was a reporter for the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake, Wash., the Shoshone News-Press in Kellogg and the Clark Fork Valley Press in Plains, Mont. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism. He replaces Randy Thompson, who was recently named editor of the Hermiston (Ore.) Herald.




Robert Bower has retired from the Post Register effective Sept. 28. Had he stayed around until January, he would have been taking photographs for the paper for 42 years. He was the longest-serving Post Register employee; he joined the paper Jan. 11, 1971. Said Bower, “I always said that someday I’d get a real job, but don’t believe I will now. Retirement will just mean I don’t get paid (regularly) as I continue taking pictures.”

Alex Stuckey joined the Post Register on August. 20 as the new Idaho National Lab reporter; she arrives from Dayton, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. New reporter Christina Lords joined the staff in early August as a features writer. A 2009 graduate of the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media, she most recently covered sports, features and Newcastle city government for the Issaquah Press; she also has worked for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Ben Kennedy, who joined the paper in late July, replaces Tiffany Aldinger on the copy desk. Ben is an eastern Idaho native and ISU grad; he worked at the Idaho State Journal on the copy desk for the past five years. Paul Lambert has rejoined the sports staff, on which he previously worked from 1999 to 2005.



Environmental reporter Becky Kramer has been selected as one of five Ted Scripps Fellows in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The 9-month fellowship will allow Becky to work on an independent study project, as well as take classes and go on field trips. Becky’s topic is wolves and wildlife conflict management; she’ll also llearn to shoot and edit video and audio.

While she’s gone, assistant city editor Scott Maben is taking on a temporary assignment as a reporter and editor in North Idaho. Reporter John Stucke is filling in for Scott on the city and business desks, and temporary reporter Jennifer Pignolet joins the staff through the end of May to cover business and general assignment, filling in for Stucke. Pignolet was formerly a reporter for the Medina Gazette in Ohio.



New reporter Estelle Gwinn, a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Murrow School, is covering Idaho education, particularly the University of Idaho. She replaced Holly Bowen on the beat, who moves to cover Whitman County and Pullman government and issues, the former assignment of Kelli Hadley, who took a magazine internship in Seattle.

Elizabeth Rudd, a recent graduate of the University of Idaho Journalism and Mass Media program, has been hired as Business Editor and Page One editor, replacing Amelia Veneziano, who took a job in marketing with Eastside Marketplace in Moscow.
Kelcie Moseley moved from Page One editor to the Washington education beat, particularly Washington State University, replacing Katie Roenigk, who returned to work at the Riverton, Wyo., Ranger newspaper.
Another recent UI JAMM program graduate, Ben Handel, has been hired to cover Idaho sports, particularly the UI Vandals, replacing Sports Editor Devin Rokyta, who retained that title as well as taking on News Editor responsibilities, replacing Robert Monteith, who departed for a job as Night Editor at the Twin Falls Times-News.

Washington sports reporter Andrew Nemec is returning to Portland, Ore., and the paper is looking to hire a sports reporter to replace him, covering Washington sports, particularly WSU.


Boise Weekly Editor-in-Chief Rachael Daigle has left after more than four years in her position with the alt weekly newspaper to explore new options on the East Coast.

Daigle has worked for Boise Weekly on and off for nearly 10 years as a copy editor, reporter and editor. Her successor has yet to be named.


The new night breaking news reporter/editor is Meghann Cuniff, who previously covered crime and courts at The Spokesman-Review and worked at smaller papers in Oregon. Sven Berg joined the Statesman staff in July as Boise city reporter; he arrived from the Post Register in Idaho Falls.

Niki Forbing-Orr, a longtime Statesman local editor, copy editor, Life editor and outdoors editor, is now a public information officer at Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Sandra Forester, a Statesman city editor and reporter, has gone to work handling internal communications for St. Luke’s. Carroll Kimsey, the Statesman’s longtime newsroom administrator, retired in August.


Education reporter Jessie Bonner left the Boise bureau to move to Des Moines, Iowa, where husband Charlie Litchfield, former Idaho Press-Tribune photographer, is starting a new job as a photographer for the Des Moines Register.

Idaho Business Review

Scott Ki has joined the Idaho Business Review as a staff writer.  He covers finance, technology, and other sectors for the print and online business publication.  Before coming to the IBR, he spent two years as general assignment reporter at Boise State Public Radio where he wrote and recorded stories ranging from pole-dancing to state executions.  He has also worked for public and community radio stations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  While reporting for public radio, he received regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for individual and team coverage, a Society for Professional Journalist’s award for sports reporting, and a number of awards from the Idaho Press Club, Idaho State Broadcasters’ Association, and New Mexico Associated Press.  He is a former senior director with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. responsible for trade relations with Asian countries.  




Idaho Falls/Pocatello


Brittany Borghi, a reporter at KIFI/KIDK’s Pocatello Bureau, has moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a reporter for KGAN. Marissa Bodnar, a reporter at KIFI/KIDK, moved to Portland, Maine to be a reporter at WGME.

Taylor Alward was hired as the weekend sports anchor for KIFI/KIDK. He’s originally from Provo, Utah; he graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin. Elaine Washam is now the 6 a.m. morning show producer for KIFI/KIDK. She is a graduate of Idaho State University in Pocatello.


KBOI2 News

New general manager Don Pratt comes on board from being news director at KATU in Portland. Reporter Jennifer McGraw left in September for a position at a TV station in Lexington, Kentucky. Other staff departures include reporter/weathercaster Erik Avanier; news director Julie Weindel; and editor Amy Murphy.


Reporter Karen Zatkulak has joined the staff, arriving from WTVC in Chatanooga. Tyson Miller, previously with KIVI, is the new digital media producer/assignment editor.

Anchor Kim Fields was promoted to anchor/reporter/special projects reporter/producer; while reporter Andrea Lutz was promoted to weekend anchor. Digital media producer Jordan Gray left for a position with the Idaho Press-Tribune.


Anchor Natalee Morales is leaving in October. Meteorologist Kyle Gravlin departed for Austin, Texas.  Former sports director Amanda Maynard accepted a position as sports reporter in Indianapolis.  Anchor Tamara Jolee left for a ministry position in Zimbabwe, Africa.  Brianna Egger is the new morning weather anchor; Mike Vogel a new video journalist.

Twin Falls


Ngozi Ekelado, a recent Northwestern grad who’s from Macon, Georgia, is the new weekend sports anchor and reporter, replacing Amy Gill, who left for a similar job in the State College, Penn. market.

Brandon Redmond is new at weekend weather/reporter; he most recently worked in Indiana. New co-anchor Tara Palmer is originally from Vancouver B.C. but has anchored in Florida and Washington before joining the KMVT team. New morning producer/reporter Alexa Tieu joins the staff from Fox Sports Texas.



Former Idaho broadcast journalist Thanh Tan has joined the Seattle Times editorial page staff as a multimedia editorial writer and columnist. She most recently worked for the Texas Tribune; before that, she was the host of Idaho Reports at Idaho Public Television; and before that she was a commercial TV reporter.