Archives for December 2013

2014 Legislative Kickoff

The Associated Press is hosting a Legislative Preview on Friday, Jan 3,2014 – 9 a.m. to Noon. Area journalists are invited to attend. Later that night the Idaho Press Club Southwest Chapter will host its’ Annual Legislative Kickoff. Details coming soon. Idaho 2014 Legislative Preview. … [Read more...]

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With more than 200 members in chapters throughout Idaho, the Idaho Press Club is a unified voice for Idaho's media professionals. We're working for your interests when we lobby for and defend open records, open meetings, cameras in the courtroom and other public access issues. … [Read more...]


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Betsy Z. Russell – President

Betsy Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state government and politics reporter for the Idaho Press, and also writes the “Eye on Boise” blog (and has since 2004). She is the current president of the Idaho Press Club, and is also president and a founding board member of Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG). She is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She has been with the Idaho Press since May, and previously worked for nearly 27 years for The … [Read more...]

Melissa Davlin – Vice President

Melissa Davlin has worked in Idaho media since joining The Argonaut at the University of Idaho as a photographer in 2005. Since then, she has freelanced for multiple Idaho publications, written for the Times-News in Twin Falls, and, most recently, was hired as producer and co-host of Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television. She has covered the Idaho Legislature since 2012, and is writing a book on Bhutanese refugees in Idaho. Melissa grew up in Meridian, and currently lives in Boise with her husband, Nate, and her son, Garrett. In her spare … [Read more...]

Joan Cartan-Hansen – Treasurer

Joan Cartan-Hansen is the leader producer/host for “Science Trek,” “Idaho Science Journal” and producer/reporter/writer for “Outdoor Idaho.”  In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and occasionally contributes to the “PBS NewsHour.”  She served as president of the Idaho Press Club and has been on a regional or state board of the Idaho Press Club since 1984.  Joan is the President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NW chapter, a Trustee to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is on … [Read more...]

Deanna Darr – Secretary

Deanna Darr is the former features editor for the Boise Weekly, where she focused on in-depth writing while exploiting her organizational skills to oversee all special sections and projects for the paper. Prior to coming to Boise, Deanna worked as a reporter at papers in Bend, Ore. and Jackson, Wyo., covering everything from government, public lands, environmental issues, outdoor recreation, arts, music and theater. Deanna was started at Boise Weekly in 2007, after more than a decade away from Idaho. She earned her degree in journalism … [Read more...]

Rebecca Boone

Rebecca Boone is the supervisory correspondent for the Associated Press in Idaho. She is a University of Idaho alumna and began her journalism career in 1999 at the Lewiston Tribune. She later moved to Boise, where she became an AP newswoman in 2002, before being promoted to supervisory correspondent in 2014. Boone serves on the Idaho Supreme Court’s Media/Courts Committee, the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media advisory board and was a Loyola Journalist Law School fellow in 2012. Her work has also been honored with … [Read more...]

Audrey Dutton

Audrey is a reporter on the Idaho Statesman's watchdog team and is president of the Press Club's Southwest Chapter. Audrey is originally from Twin Falls. She went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota, then took a job at a mental health clinic specializing in issues related to sex. The people she met there inspired her first big story -- a feature on the Twin Cities transgender community -- and she realized she wanted to do journalism forever. She got a master's degree from Columbia University's journalism school and moved to Washington, D.C., … [Read more...]

Ryan Hawes

Ryan Hawes is the News Director at KBOI/KYUU in Boise, Idaho. Ryan joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2016. Ryan began his career at KIMA-TV in Yakima, WA in 1999. He also worked at stations in Portland, Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan began his career as a teleprompter operator and moved up the producing ranks before taking on newsroom leadership roles. Ryan and his wife Danielle have a four-year-old daughter. … [Read more...]

John Hecht

John is a retired Federal natural resources technical writer/editor, a position in which he "primarily translated and edited government reports into English." A Vietnam veteran, his career included stints as editor of weekly newspapers, news director for public radio stations, television producer/reporter covering the Alaska Legislature, lobbyist for non-profit organizations, and manager of bookstores. He currently serves on the School of Journalism and Mass Media advisory board of the University of Idaho (his alma mater). In the early '90s, … [Read more...]

Deb Kristensen Grasham

Deb, a partner at Givens Pursley LLP, is a business litigator in state and federal courts, with a particular emphasis in the area of media law. She has represented major media and communications clients, including newspapers, magazines, cable companies, local television stations, national television networks, radio stations, movie studios and music recording associations in various litigation matters, including courtroom and public record access, libel, privacy and intellectual property disputes. Deb is very active in the community, serving … [Read more...]