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 25 years, including four years as … [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 “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...]

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

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...]

Rhonda Prast

Rhonda Prast is the editor and vice president of the Idaho Statesman in Boise; she came to Boise in August 2016. She led the Statesman newsroom through a reinvention in the summer of 2017 and continues a focus on watchdog journalism, audience growth, social media and video strategies. She feels privileged to work with the passionate journalists at the Statesman. She always loved the news, reading the afternoon paper cover to cover at age 11. But she never considered a journalism career until midway through college, switching from an … [Read more...]

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...]