Media Moves


General Manager John Hess resigned from Boise State Public Radio on Dec. 8. Hess had been with the station for a decade. Boise State Dean of Extended Studies Mark Wheeler announced Dec. 16 that Peter Morrill, former longtime general manager at Idaho Public Television, will start Jan. 4 as interim general manager, while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

Jay Howell will be 670 KBOI’s statehouse reporter this year, covering the upcoming 2016 legislative session. A former KBOI staffer, he’s worked for other media in the Treasure Valley for the past few years. Howell is a native of Kentucky who has worked in radio news in Tampa, Nashville, Little Rock and Lexington; he’s also a U.S. Army veteran.


This fall, the Press created a new position, director of sponsored content, and hired Marc Stewart to fill it. Marc is a former Press reporter who also has worked for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Lewis Clark State College and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

The Idaho Business Review and the business information division of its parent Dolan LLC were purchased by New Media Investment Group, a New York-based holding company, on Dec. 11, the same day that New Media announced it sold the Las Vegas Review-Journal. New Media acquired all of Dolan’s 39 print and online publications from Bayside Capital Inc., which became the Dolan majority owner in June 2014 at the conclusion of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

No staff changes are anticipated at the Business Review, whose interim publisher, Bill Cummings, called the sale “one of the best things that could ever happen,” saying, “For the past year we have been looking for a permanent owner of all the Dolan properties under one owner.”

Benton Alexander Smith is the new Statehouse reporter for the Business Review, and will be covering the upcoming 2016 legislative session. He succeeds former Statehouse reporter Brad Iverson-Long, who left in the fall for an associate producer position with “Idaho Reports” at Idaho Public Television. Smith formerly was a reporter for the Twin Falls Times-News.

The Idaho Falls Post Register, which was sold this fall to Minnesota-based Adams Publishing Group, has announced two major staff departures: Managing Editor Rob Thornberry left Oct. 31, and Editorial Page Editor Corey Taule left the paper Nov. 8.  Thornberry had been with the newspaper for 25 years, the last seven as managing editor. Taule, who worked for the paper for 20 years and took over as editorial page editor in 2009, has accepted a position with Battelle Energy Alliance, the primary contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Taule will be replaced by Katie Stokes, who has worked in journalism and marketing for many years, most recently writing a regular column for NNY Living Magazine in Watertown, N.Y. Stokes said she will place more focus on local, submitted opinion pieces, bringing a community voice to the page.

New criminal justice reporter Alex Riggins started Oct. 13; this is his first full-time newspaper job. He came from San Diego where he was freelancing for the Union Tribune and other local media. Previous crime reporter, Benton Smith, left Oct. 9 and moved to the Idaho Business Review.

Eric Quitugua is a new reporter in the paper’s Mini-Cassia bureau. He started in June. He came from Tampa, Florida, where he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida.


Idaho Falls/Pocatello Market

New Pocatello reporter Angelina Dixson has arrived from Las Vegas. Former Pocatello reporter Luke Jones moved to Houston.

Justin Fanfarilli, weekend weather anchor, departed for a job in Fargo, N.D.

Twin Falls Market

No changes to report, but the station is looking for an anchor and a reporter.

Boise Market

KBOI2 News
New staffers at KBOI2 include new multimedia journalist Jeff Plat, who came from Casper, Wyo. where he was an anchor, reporter and producer. Anja Kurtagic has joined the staff as a news producer, and previously was a production employee for a local competitor.

KBOI sports reporter Bryan Levin has been promoted to sports director.

Departures at KBOI2 include news producer Michael Locklear, who is now a reporter in San Antonio, Texas; and weekend anchor Rick Douglas.

KTVB Channel 7
New staffer Shannon Camp, KTVB reporter, was previously in sports sideline reporting and producing for network broadcasts.  Morgan Boydston, KTVB reporter, previously reported at the NBC/Fox affiliate in Tyler, Texas.

Andrea Lutz, KTVB reporter/anchor, is now the News Director at ABC FOX Montana.  Justin Corr, KTVB reporter/anchor, left to be the morning anchor at KSPR in Springfield, MO

After 30 years at KTVB, Carolyn Holly will be leaving in February to join Saint Alphonsus Hospital as their Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations.