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Idaho Education News’ multimedia specialist Andrew Reed has accepted a position with EdSource in Oakland, Calif. He will work with EdNews through the first part of January and begin his new position in February.


The position of Executive Editor and Vice President of the Idaho Statesman has been eliminated. Rhonda Prast moves to consulting (and job hunting). The position will be recast as a Local Editor reporting to a Regional Editor in Sacramento.

City government reporter Sven Berg left the Statesman to work at Idaho Power.

Interim editor and former watchdog and politics editor Nate Poppino left the Statesman in December for a position at Micron Technology. Christina Lords has been named interim editor.

Kate Talerico joined the Statesman in October to cover West Ada and Canyon County. She came from the Louisville Courier Journal. Alysha Lovejoined the Statesman in October as Multiplatform Editor. Previously she worked at CNN and Politico. She also is the Outdoors editor.

Publisher Rebecca Poynter, who joined the Statesman in April,has been promoted to also serve as publisher of the News Tribune in Tacoma, the Olympian, and the Bellingham Herald, in addition to serving as Statesman publisher and vice president of local sales for McClatchy’s West Region. Poynter will succeed longtime Tacoma News Tribune publisher David Zeeck.


Ashley Miller has joined the Press as digital first editor. Born and raised in Idaho, she was formerly program manager for The Cabin, and recently completed her master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on media literacy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Matt Davenport, who has been with the station for 15 years and anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. news, has added to his responsibilities with his promotion to news director. Davenport replaces Greg Schiefferstein, who left in March after almost two years as news director.


Ariel Schroeder was promoted from a news editor to a multimedia journalist in October.  She is a graduate of BYU-Idaho. Andre Phillips moved from Pocatello and joined the KIFI team as a multimedia journalist. He is originally from Chicago. Andrew Howe was hired as a morning news producer in December. He is a recent graduate of BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.  He originally resided in Paradise, California.

Jeff Roper was hired as a weekend weather forecaster.  He is also currently the morning show host on KUPI radio.  Jeff previously worked in radio in the San Antonio, Texas market and also did morning TV news for several years.