The history of Idaho Public Television: A roller-coaster ride of funding, programs

By Royce Williams For 50 years of Idaho Public Television’s existence, the network’s budget has been the best and the worst story, usually the result of the network’s somewhat schizophrenic relationship with the Legislature. Every budget is a river with funds rarely at flood stage but just as rarely at drought stage. IdahoPTV has experienced both. As a general rule, any organization sitting on the shore is ultimately measured by its reaction to funding levels. It is tougher when the organization has little or no control over the … [Read more...]

Awards Banquet set for May 6 – join us!

Honoring the best in Idaho journalism By Deanna Darr It’s time to reserve your spot at the annual Best of 2016 Awards Banquet, where we’ll be honoring this year’s award winners. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6, to join the party celebrating some of the best work done by Idaho journalists in the last year. This year, we’re gathering at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up and celebrate. We’ll gather in the ballroom on the east side of the building – right … [Read more...]

Statesman sports editor resigns after 28 years with paper

By Mike Prater (NOTE: This article first appeared on Mike Prater’s Facebook page on April 3, and is reprinted here by permission) Words I thought I would never type ... Thirty-seven years after my high school yearbook said I would one day become sports editor at the Idaho Statesman, and nearly 28 years after taking a job at my dream newspaper in my beloved homestate, I have resigned. The decision was made last week and the emotions of the past six days have been off the charts. Even after a weekend getaway to the … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Some wins in our column for Sunshine Week

By Betsy Russell Happy Sunshine Week, everyone! That’s the week each March when, nationwide, we celebrate openness in government and access to public information. And here in Idaho, we’ve had some gains in that area, including a unanimous House vote – 70-0 – just yesterday in favor of expanding the Idaho Open Meeting Law. That bill, HB 273, would add boards, commissions or councils created by executive order to the law; it now heads to the Senate. … [Read more...]

Nate Silver’s coming to Boise; so’s APM’s Lizzie O’Leary

Coming up at Treefort By Frankie Barnhill Boise’s Treefort Music Fest (March 22-26) isn’t just about the music. This year, the festival will include some rockstar-caliber journalists sharing a behind-the-scenes look at their craft. Topping the Hackfort billing is a live taping of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast Friday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver will be joined on stage at the Egyptian Theatre by podcast host and producer Jody Avirgan, political reporters Clare Malone, Harry … [Read more...]

MEDIA MOVES

Ruth Brown, former reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune, has joined the Idaho Statesman in Boise as a reporter. Todd Dvorak, former director of communications for the Idaho Attorney General’s office and former Boise AP correspondent, is now the city editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. Jake Melder, former KIVI-TV reporter, has joined the Idaho Transportation Department as a public information specialist. … [Read more...]