Media Moves



Digital content producer Lindsey Lankford has left for a position with theUniversity of Cincinnati; producer Char Jackson left to join Blue Cross of Idaho. Producer Anna Daly was promoted to a position as digital sales specialist.

Joining the staff are digital content producer Sean Deter; producer Edina Macic, who comes from Wild 101; and photographer Mary Kienzle, who comes from KBOI-2.

Other new additions are sports anchor and reporter Will Hall , who arrived from WOI/Des Moines; and reporterDean Johnson, who arrives from KCWY/Casper.

KBOI2 News
New evening anchor Brent Hunsaker came from Salt Lake City. Senior producer Nicole Navarro has been promoted to executive producer.

Chris Oswalt has left the station. Brandon Fonda is KIVI’s newest video-journalist; this is his first job. He arrives from the University of Utah. Seth Randal, 9 p.m. producer, has left; weekend producer Travis Drake has been promoted to the position.

Good Morning Idaho ABC producer, Robyn Farney, left the business. She now works for the Nampa School District. Part-time producer Marie Estrada was promoted to the position.

New Fox 9 weekend producer Jasmin Verduzco is from right here in Nampa. Meghann Van Komen, also from Nampa, is the new Good Morning Idaho on Fox 9 producer.

Idaho Falls/Pocatello

Reporter Kaitlin Loukides left Jan. 31. New reporter Chris Nestman is from BYU-Provo. New reporter Dennis Valera arrives from Chicago. And reporter Christina Jensen leaves Feb. 28 for News 13/Orlando, Fla.

Ethan Wellhausen is a new reporter. He came from Jacksonville, Florida. Justin Fanfarilli is a new morning meteorologist. He came from South Dakota.

Twin Falls

Michelle Bartlome, news director, has departed to work in public relations.



Josh Babcock joined the Daily News in mid-February as the paper’s Whitman County/Pullman reporter. Babcock is a student at the Washington State University Murrow School, where he’ll graduate this spring. He replaces Anthony Kuipers who has moved to the news desk. Kuipers replaces Lindsey Treffry, who resigned to take a job on the news desk of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane.

Gary Breedlove, a Renton, Wash., freelance photographer and University of Oregon alum, has joined the Daily News as a half-time evenings and weekend photographer. He replaces Dean Hare, who has taken a job with Washington State University Communications Photo Services.

Anna Staver is the new reporter covering Canyon County government and the city of Caldwell for the Idaho Press-Tribune. She comes to the Press-Tribune from the Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore., where she had been that paper’s state politics reporter in the state capital. She has covered the governor, legislature, political parties, budget and taxes, marijuana, state elections and the Oregon Supreme Court. She was also a regular contributor to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud program and appeared in a weekly online video called the Politicast. Prior to the Statesman Journal, she worked as a local editor for Patch Annapolis, and interned at Huffington Post.

Andrew Reed has joined the staff of Idaho Education News as a full-time multimedia specialist. A southern California native, Andrew previously worked for KMVT-TV news in Twin Falls as a multimedia journalist and interim assistant news director. Andrew has also worked as a social media consultant in Los Angeles. He’s excited to return to the Gem State; he started Feb. 23.

Randy Schrader is the new full-time data analyst and policy expert at EdNews. He has more than 30 years of education experience, working as a teacher, principal and superintendent, and most recently served as superintendent of the Garden Valley School District. Randy will help develop Ed News’ data site,, and mine public documents and records databases to help drive Idaho Ed News’ investigative reporting. He’s a former BSU football player who helped the team win a division championship in 1980; he started in December.

Two additional new staffers at Idaho EdNews are David Keyes and Nate Sunderland, who join the staff as part-time regional reporters and help EdNews develop more statewide coverage. Nate is based out of Rexburg, while David reports from Coeur d’Alene. They both started earlier this year.

Sunderland formerly worked as a reporter for the Post Register in Idaho Falls, covering education and the Idaho National Laboratory. Keyes was editor and publisher of the Bonner County Daily Bee in Sandpoint, the Bonners Ferry Herald and the Priest River Times.