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George Prentice joins the radio network as its full-time local host for Morning Edition, as previous host Matt Guilhem returns to California. Prentice has been with the station for decades, most recently as host of Weekend Edition on Saturday. He leaves his position as Editor of the Boise Weekly.
Sáša Woodruff will join as News Director this September, leaving her job as a national producer at Marketplace, based in Los Angeles. Woodruff has worked for NPR, KPCC, KCRW, and several national podcasts. Rachel Cohen has begun working as the station’s radio reporter for South Central Idaho, based in Twin Falls. She arrives via “Report For America,” a national effort to place more journalists in underserved areas. 
Frankie Barnhill has been named Senior Producer of the weekday public affairs program, Idaho Matters. The summer newsrooom interns are Tess Goodwin and Molly Wampler.

Longtime anchor Dee Sarton retired after 40 years in journalism. Her final sign-off was on June 6. She anchored KTVB’s 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

KMVT-TV, Twin Falls

Brian Neudorff loves weather and while he’s leaving the Magic Valley, he isn’t leaving weather forecasting. KMVT’s chief meteorologist is leaving TV for a job that will allow him to focus even more on hard meteorology. His next gig will be with the National Weather Service in Louisville, Kentucky, not too far from where he grew up.

“It’s a perfect fit for my skillset,” Neudorff told the Times-News. “It was my dream job that I didn’t know was my dream job.” A friend put the idea of joining the weather service in the weatherman’s head a bit over a year ago, and ever since then, Neudorff knew he wanted to make a change.
When he studied meteorology in college, Neudorff dreamed of joining the National Weather Service, but he ended up setting out on the TV path. For the past eight years, he has been KMVT’s chief meteorologist for southern Idaho. He’s been delivering forecasts for almost two decades.


Rachel Spacek is the new Latino affairs reporter for the Idaho Press. Rachel comes to the Idaho Press from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where she has been covering city government, cops and breaking news. Her first day was July 15.
Jordan Erb is a summer intern at the Idaho Press, taking over as the reporter for the Kuna Melba News. Jordan just graduated from Boise State University, where she was editor of the Arbiter. In the fall, she heads to Northeastern University to pursue her master’s degree in journalism.


Nicole Foy has joined the Idaho Statesman’s investigative reporting team, focusing on agriculture, Latino affairs and other governmental watchdog work. Nicole previously reported for the Idaho Press. 
The Statesman also has two interns joining the newsroom for the summer. Maddie Capron, an Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism graduate, is taking on general assignment duties. Rachel Hager, a fellow from American Association for the Advancement of Science, is taking on science-related stories for the summer. She also works as a science writer for Utah Public Radio. 


Rebecca Palmer joined the Idaho Business Review in February as special sections editor. She returns to journalism after a stint in marketing and search engine optimization. Before that, she was the editor-in-chief of the Davis Clipper in Bountiful, Utah, and a crime and politics reporter for two Utah papers,  the Deseret News in Salt Lake City and the Standard-Examiner in Ogden.

KIVI-TV 6 On Your Side

Kristen Bolden has joined KIVI as the new AM Executive Producer. She was formerly a news producer for WIAT-TV CBS 42 in Birmingham, Alabama.



Morning/Daytime News (Markets 81+)
KTVB Morning News – Hilary Knight Wins Gold • KTVB • Karly Craig, Producer                                                        
Sports – Program – One Time Special
Road To South Korea • KTVB • Xanti Alcelay, Producer • Jay Tust, Sports Director                                                    

Historic/Cultural – Program/Special

Idaho Experience: Taking the Reins • Idaho Public Television • Jennie Sue Weltner, Producer/Writer • Marcia Franklin, Producer/Reporter/Writer/Host                                                     
Idaho Experience: Forgotten Neighbors • Melissa Davlin, Producer/Writer                                                        
Documentary – Historical
Idaho Experience: We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s • Idaho Public Television • Marcia Franklin, Producer/Reporter/Writer/Host                                                        
 Editor – Program
Bill Krumm • Idaho Public Television                                              
The Board of Governors also honors three organizations for their Outstanding Community Outreach with a Citation Award. In the small market area, the Citation  went to:
Community Baby Shower• KIVI • Michelle Edmonds, Anchor, Don Nelson, Anchor,  Ken Richie, General Manager, J Bates, News Director, Eric Holbrook, Creative Services Director, Merri Hanson, Local Sales Manager


KBSX News – Mountain West News Bureau at Boise State Public Radio 
Best Feature for Amanda Peacher story on homeless student in Boise.Evicted and Homeless, This 14-Year-Old Describes Every Day as ‘A Fight'”