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 advertising design major to photojournalism.

In her career, adapting to new opportunities has been key. She has worked at seven news organizations across the country, including various leadership roles at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Miami Herald. She developed a deep love and appreciation for the Northwest when she worked as the art director for the Seattle Times magazine for three years. Most recently, she was the Assistant Managing Editor for Digital at the Kansas City Star, leading the newsroom’s transition to digital and mobile.

With a mobile audience in mind, Rhonda developed iPad tablet apps while working as a Magazine faculty professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and she led a team developing sports apps at the Star.

Rhonda grew up in Phoenix and has a great love for the desert. She lives in Hidden Springs with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Callie, who attends Boise High.  Her older daughter, Lauren, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Seattle. Rhonda has degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.