Media Moves


While Idaho Reports host Melissa Davlin is on maternity leave, Gemma Gaudette of Boise State Public Radio’s Idaho Matters will fill in for her at the anchor desk. Idaho Public Television associate producer Devon Downey will take over as lead producer of Idaho Reports for the 2020 legislative session, while producer Seth Ogilvie works on other projects.


Jessica Mullins, who previously was KTVB digital managing editor, has been promoted to TEGNA regional digital director and KTVB digital director. Gary Salzman was promoted to managing editor of broadcast and digital. Brittany Lock has moved from morning news producer to Lifestyle producer. Tyson White was promoted to Chief Photographer. And Ali Al Saedi moved from editor to photographer.

New staffers include Morning News producers Abby Urbanek, who previously was an intern at KSDK in St. Louis; and Sophia Sciotto, previously a producer at Weather Nation. New Morning news reporter Chase Biefeldt was previously an intern at WBIR in Knoxville, Tenn. Dan Ryder, KTVB’s new Content Discovery Editor, previously worked at KBOI-TV for 17 years as a photographer and assignment editor.

Lucas Gebhart is the new News at 4 producer; he previously worked at the Idaho Statesman and as sports reporter and broadcaster. New News at 10 producer Darren Damon previously worked as a producer at KTMF in Missoula. News at 5 photographer Kevin Eslinger previously worked at Wide Eye Productions in Boise.

Nyla Gennaoui, part-time digital content producer and English teacher at the College of Western Idaho, was previously an international correspondent at Because International. New photographer Cowan Jenkins is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

Departures from the KTVB staff include photographer Richard Trelles, who left to pursue opportunities outside of news. News at 4 producer Karly Craig left to pursue a career in law enforcement dispatch. Chief Photographer Bill Krumm left to re-join Wide Eye Productions.


Holly Beech is the new managing editor for the Idaho Press. She joined the Idaho Press as a reporter in 2011 and became assistant editor in 2017. She stepped into her new role Aug. 25.

Suzanne Hurt is the new assistant managing editor for the Idaho Press. She has worked in journalism for over 25 years, reporting most recently for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. She came to the Idaho Press from Salem, Ore., where she worked in the state Legislature’s Policy and Research Office. Her first day with the Idaho Press was Nov. 4.

Photojournalist Jake King joined the Idaho Press in June. King previously was a staff photographer for the Denton-Record Chronicle for two years while he finished his degree at the University of North Texas, where he graduated in May.

Reporter Ryan Suppe joined the Idaho Press in August. Suppe covers the city of Meridian and oversees the weekly Meridian Press publication. He came to the Idaho Press from the Post Register in Idaho Falls, another Adams Publishing Group newspaper.

Reporter Thomas Plank joined the Idaho Press in October as the Ada County and growth reporter. Plank previously reported at the Helena Independent Record, staring in November 2017. He replaced reporter Xavier Ward, who moved to a full-time position with the Boise Weekly.

Reporter Olivia Heersink will start with the Idaho Press Jan. 6 as the Canyon County public safety reporter. A 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho, Heersink currently is the breaking news/morning cops reporter for The Times of Northwest Indiana. She will replace reporter Emily Lowe, who was with the Idaho Press for two and a half years and in December became the public information officer for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, a new position.