Meet Your IPCNate Sunderland

Nate Sunderland is the managing editor for EastIdahoNews.com and new member of the Idaho Press Club board.

Interviewed by Melissa Davlin

Hometown: 

I grew up in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. But I’ve lived in eastern Idaho for more than two decades now, and claim Idaho Falls as my home.  

Current job: 

I’m the co-founder and managing editor of East Idaho News in Idaho Falls. I’ve been working in online media since 2015. Before that I worked for various Idaho newspapers and did a great deal of freelancing. 

Tell us about your family: 

I met my wife Amy in Rexburg while attending Brigham Young University-Idaho. After graduating we decided to stay in eastern Idaho. We’ve raised three boys in Idaho Falls. 

What first drew you to journalism?

I became interested in video editing in high school, and chose to continue pursuing that passion at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. While learning about video, I was exposed to broadcast journalism, and I quickly fell in love with putting together and telling good stories. 

I had hoped to get a job in television, but it was the height of the recession, and the jobs were hard to come by. I took a job at a local newspaper, and I found it was just as fun to assemble a story with words as it was with video clips. 

Eventually, I found online journalism and discovered I could combine the two medias. I’ve never looked back. 

What’s your dream job? 

The best part of my career has been developing a news company that has thrived and continues to grow, when so many others are shrinking or closing.  

My dream job would be to oversee and manage a much larger news company and pioneer ways to be successfully journalistically and financially for many years into the future.  

Who is your journalism hero, and why?

I’m a big fan of Ezra Klein, the co-founder and former editor-at-large for Vox.com. It’s not his journalism, or his opinion columns that impress me though. It’s the risk he took in developing an innovative online news platform that was unique for its time. 

He proved you could have a financially successful online-only platform and that you could tell stories in a variety of different ways and on different platforms. He is truly an innovator. 

Do you have any pets?

No pets! Not my thing. 

Hobbies?

I enjoy weight-lifting — and have an obsession with collecting cool-looking kettlebells and weighted hammers. On very rare occasions, I enjoy a video game.