Idaho Press Club Board Members

Betsy Z. Russell – President

Betsy Russell is the Boise bureau chief for The Spokesman-Review, where she covers Idaho state government and other news 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 Spokesman-Review for more than 20 years, including four years as … [Read more...]

Bill Dentzer – Vice President

Bill Dentzer joined The Idaho Statesman as Idaho state government and politics reporter in December. He previously reported for Gannett Newspapers/The Journal News in New York, where his assignments included city government reporter and political columnist and commentator covering the city of Yonkers, as well as state Capitol reporter covering the governor’s office and state Legislature in Albany. … [Read more...]

Joan Cartan-Hansen – Treasurer

Joan Cartan-Hansen is the leader producer/host for “D4K”, co-producer/host of “Dialogue” 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 in the late 1980s to the mid 1990s and has been on a regional or state board of the Idaho Press Club since 1984.  Joan is the Idaho Representative to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NW chapter and is on the executive … [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...]

Clark Corbin

Clark has been a Statehouse reporter at Idaho Education News since its launch in January 2013. He has written about Idaho issues and government since 2006, having previously covered state politics and business for the Idaho Falls Post Register. Clark earned his bachelor’s degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., where he also played collegiate baseball. He began his journalism career covering local government, schools, cops and, strangely, NASCAR and IRL racing for a group of weekly newspapers serving the Kansas City area. He … [Read more...]

Melissa Davlin

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...]

Scott Graf

Scott Graf is the news director at Boise State Public Radio, where he first started as a “Morning Edition” host and senior editor in 2012. Scott cames to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for eight years. He is a multi-award winning host and reporter who was named the North Carolina Journalist of the Year in 2007. He has produced several feature stories for NPR news magazines and he contributes to WBUR's “Only a Game” sports program. … [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

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 the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune, a position he took over in February 2014. 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 … [Read more...]

Sydney Sallabanks

Sydney Sallabanks is communications administrator at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP where she works in internal and external communications and branding. She is a longstanding volunteer with Junior League Boise and the United Way of Treasure Valley. 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.” She is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. You can reach Sydney at [Read more...]