Media Moves


Dave Rosenthal is now Managing Editor of the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of public radio newsrooms led by Boise State Public Radio. Rosenthal guided other collaborations, including Side Effects Public Media and Great Lakes Today. Previously he worked for the Baltimore Sun, leading its investigative reporting unit. 

Mountain West News Bureau reporters Savannah Maher (New Mexico) and Amanda Peacher (formerly Idaho) left to join the national radio program Marketplace, while Maggie Mullen (Wyoming) left for WyoFile. Bert Johnson joined the team, representing northern Nevada, and Nate Hegyi took on the role of roving reporter, across the multi-state region. Bureau reporters Robyn Vincent and Madelyn Beck continue to represent Colorado and Idaho, respectively. 

Troy Oppie became the local Boise host of NPR’s All Things Considered, adding to his hosting duties of Weekend Edition on Saturdays.

Gustavo Sagrero, newsroom intern, left Boise State Public Radio for a one-year fellowship at KUNR, the public radio station in Reno. Abby Cheng joined as newsroom intern from the College of Idaho.


Ryan Suppe joins the Idaho Statesman on Dec. 27 as a state politics/investigative reporter. He previously worked at the Idaho Press.

Shaun Goodwin also will join the Statesman on Dec. 27 as a utility journalist. He’ll focus on topics at the top of readers’ minds. He had been covering pro soccer as a freelancer for the Kansas City Star.

Jacob Scholl left the Statesman in early December for a position at KSL in Salt Lake City.

Hayat Norimine was promoted from state politics reporter to accountability editor. Jim Keyser was promoted to assistant editor, with responsibility for sports, breaking news and entertainment.

Alex Brizee joins the Statesman on Jan. 3 as a breaking news/criminal justice reporter. The University of Idaho graduate previously covered local government for The Post and Courier’s Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) bureau.


Blake Jones joined Idaho Education News in April. He had been a reporter at the Idaho Press in Canyon County. He’ll cover the politics and policy creation of Idaho’s K-12 public schools. He’ll be a daily fixture at the Statehouse during the 2022 legislative session and he’ll cover the 2022 election season. He replaces Clark Corbin, who left for the Idaho Capital Sun at the beginning of 2021. 

Kyle Pfannenstiel joined Idaho Education News in November. He previously reported on rural health care for the Post Register in Idaho Falls. He will cover policy implementation in K-12 public schools. Kyle replaces Nik Streng, who was hired as a high school sports coverage coordinator for the Oregonian. 

Sami Edge left Idaho Education News and moved to Portland. She will continue to contract with Idaho Education News into 2022. Editor Jennifer Swindell is looking to fill her full-time position, which includes covering equity and diversity issues in public education. Contact Jennifer for more information. 

Devin Bodkin was promoted to assistant editor at Idaho Education News. He’ll continue to report on eastern Idaho education news but he’ll also take on more management duties. 


Longtime anchor Kim Fields announced that she will be leaving KTVB and the news industry after a dozen years at Channel 7 to spend more time with her family. Kim has over two decades of experience in the field of journalism, as a producer, reporter, and anchor. Her last day was Thursday, Dec. 16.

“After spending 22 years of my life in a newsroom, 12 of which at KTVB, it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure and to spend more time with my family,” Kim said. “Thank you for inviting me into your homes all these years. It has been a privilege and absolute joy.”


Reporter Madison Hardy joins KIVI on Jan. 5; she comes from a reporting position at the Coeur d’Alene Press. Rachel Garceau has left Good Morning Idaho to become the public information officer for Central District Health.


Stephanie Garibay has left for a position with the Scripps station in Las Vegas, jumping up 150 markets. Evelyn Avitia, a University of Idaho graduate, is among new hires at KSAW, as is Isabella Bright, a USC Annenberg graduate.


Idaho Press Club board member Debora Kristensen Grasham has been selected to become a U.S. Magistrate Judge and will succeed current Chief Magistrate Judge Candy Dale when Dale retires April 1. Grasham is an attorney and senior litigation partner with Givens Pursley in Boise; she is a recognized expert on media law who long has represented Idaho news media outlets in court. She also has extensive trial court experience in commercial and employment law.