Media Moves


Now that the dust has settled from the layoffs, voluntary buyouts and subsequent rehirings at The Spokesman-Review, here’s how things ended up in the Coeur d’Alene office: Erica Curless remained in Coeur d’Alene throughout, and is now a general assignment reporter. Taryn Hecker has returned to the Coeur d’Alene office and also is a general assignment reporter there. Becky Kramer, former Coeur d’Alene-based business reporter, is now the regional environmental reporter, still based in Coeur d’Alene.

Former Idaho Editor Scott Maben is now an assistant city editor in Spokane. Former reporter Paula Davenport has taken a newsroom position in Spokane, former Idaho education reporter Meghann Cuniff is now a reporter in Spokane, and gone is former Coeur d’Alene-based environmental reporter James Hagengruber. D.F. Oliveria remains based in Coeur d’Alene as a fulltime blogger and columnist with his popular Huckleberries Online blog.  Jesse Tinsley is now based in Spokane.

Linda Ball of The Coeur d’Alene Press has been promoted to Special Sections Editor.  Ball covered education for The Press from November 2005 until July 2007, then briefly was the business reporter until this appointment.   She worked part-time at the Spokesman-Review in the Idaho newsroom, from 2001 until 2005.


Dave Thomason is a new videographer/editor and is heading up the Legislature Live service.

KTVB Channel 7, Boise
New staffers include Kelsey Jacobson, News at Noon producer, formerly a producer at WDAZ; Ranae Bangerter, associate producer for Today’s Morning News, who came from Utah State University in Logan, Utah; and Darren Martinez, photographer, from KTRV. Nick Gamb is a new editor; Lisa Chavez has been promoted from assignment editor to managing editor; Xanti Alcelay, formerly chief photographer, is now assistant news director; and Kate Morris was promoted from producer to executive producer. Gary Salzman, formerly a photographer, is the new chief photographer, and Justin Corr has moved from sports reporter to weekend sports anchor.    

KIVI Channel 6, Nampa
Lincoln Graves is a new morning anchor, from Missoula, Mont. Eric Harryman departed for a TV job in Norfolk, Va.

KPVI -TV, Pocatello

New reporter Nisha Gutierrez joins the staff from Baldwin Park, Calif. Matt Hugie is a new producer; ISU graduate William Kotowski is a new produer; BYU-Idaho grad John Merrifield comes on as a reporter; ISU grad Mike Skimmyhorn is a new producer; and new sports reporter Paul Shahen arrived from Wolcott, Conn.

KIFI-TV, Idaho Falls
Four new reporters have joined the station: Mary Hamelton from BYU; Danielle Granter from Cal Poly; Megan Boatwright from Florida; and Michelle Costa from Syracuse, N.Y. Alyssa Chin has moved from reporter to sports, and departures have included Kristy Kircher and Adam Mikulich, who now is sports director in Champaign, Ill.

KIDK-TV, Idaho Falls/Pocatello
New arrivals include Idaho Falls reporters Araksya Karapetyan and Rick Montanez, both arriving from KABC; Pocatello reporter Wes Horrocks, from KSL Radio; Pocatello reporter Hasti Taghi from the University of Texas at Austin; Idaho Falls morning producer Anne Chantkavong, from KABC; San Diego State grad Kris Keach, a new Idaho Falls reporter; and main anchor Todd Kunz, formerly weekend anchor at KVOA in Tucson, Ariz.
Departures from the staff include Idaho Falls reporter Teresa Priolo, who headed to Albany, N.Y.; Pocatello reporter Jeff Robinson who went to Salt Lake City; Idaho Falls reporter Abbey Gibb, now with KREM in Spokane; and morning anchor Kayla Anderson, who went to KOB in Albequerque, N.M.

KLEW-TV, Lewiston
New reporter/anchor Stephanie Smith is a recent University of Washington graduate. Part-time reporter and weather anchor Lindsey Davis is a WSU grad who recently completed an internship at KOMO-TV.

KMVT-TV, Twin Falls
Bryan Larrondo is the new weekend sports anchor.  He came from KTVB.