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 is a writer and producer for Idaho Public Television and host of Idaho Reports. Davlin also produces for IPTV's history documentary series, Idaho Experience. She previously worked at the Twin Falls Times-News, where she covered politics, human interest stories, and refugee resettlement.

Davlin serves as vice president of the Idaho Press Club and chairwoman of the First Amendment Committee. Davlin has won multiple awards, including an Emmy for her documentary on Chinese immigration in the northwest, the 2018 Broadcast … [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...]

Scott McIntosh

Scott McIntosh is opinion editor of the Idaho Statesman, a position he took over in August 2019. He has been in the Treasure Valley since 2006, when he and his wife, Nicola, purchased the Kuna Melba News. In the five years of owning the newspaper, Scott and Nicola nearly tripled the newspaper’s circulation, launched new monthly and annual publications and, along the way, won 15 awards from the Idaho Press Club and 12 awards from the National Newspaper Association, for everything from investigative reporting and column writing to business … [Read more...]

Tom Michael

Tom Michael is General Manager of Boise State Public Radio, which he joined as its director in July 2016. In February 2018 he launched the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of six public media organizations across five states, and serves as its managing director. In April 2018 he launched "Idaho Matters," a weekday public affairs program, and serves as its executive producer. Tom has more than a decade of experience in public media management, as the founder of Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio. In 2015 and 2016, his news … [Read more...]

Kate Morris

Kate Morris is a native Idahoan and Murrow Award winning broadcast veteran with two decades of newsroom experience; she was named President and General Manager for KTVB-TV in Boise in 2018 after previously serving seven years as Executive News Director. Morris focuses on serving the greater good of the community through innovative and engaging storytelling; in her tenure at KTVB, she has placed a concentrated effort on growing audience and revenue share, expanding the local news product on multiple platforms and aiding in increasing station … [Read more...]

Tara Roberts

Tara Roberts is the student media adviser and general manager for University of Idaho Student Media. Tara, born in Laclede, Idaho, outside Sandpoint, started as a student journalist at The Argonaut as a freshman.  She worked at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and did a stint as a science writer for the University before taking her current position. She also is an author who recently completed a novel.

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Sydney Sallabanks

Sydney Sallabanks is communications manager at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, where she works in strategic communications and client relations. Her corporate communications experience includes media relations, crisis management, executive messaging, change management and employee engagement. A graduate of Leadership Boise, Sydney has also been awarded “Woman of the Year” by the Idaho Business Review and recognized as one of Boise’s “Accomplished Under 40.” Sydney has been a member of Junior League Boise for 20 years and has previously served … [Read more...]