The Idaho Reports Staff
Greg Hahn has covered the Idaho Legislature since 1999, first as a reporter and editor at two state newspapers and then here at Idaho Public Television. In his three years at the Twin Falls Times-News and 12 at the Idaho Statesman, he reported stories from Burley to Baghdad, spent a month covering the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, was a writer and then editor on the Statesman team named a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the Larry Craig scandal and was standing on the field when Boise State won its first Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma. He studied anthropology and film at the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University. He has taught both political science and communication courses at Boise State University. His wife, Julie, is a former Statesman editor, now a writer at Scentsy in Meridian.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from the Boise bureau of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA. Her "Eye on Boise" blog offers up-to-the-minute news and happenings from the state capital throughout the year - it is one of the must-have bookmarks for any politically-minded person in the Intermountain West. She is the longtime president of the Idaho Press Club and has worked with journalists, state officials and others to preserve and improve openness and access in government.
Dr. Jim Weatherby is a Boise State University emeritus professor and a political analyst. He served as Director of the BSU Public Affairs Program and later as Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Weatherby has been interviewed by most of the print and broadcast media in Idaho and by most of the major daily newspapers in the United States. He is co-author of The Urban West: Managing Growth and Decline and Governing Idaho: Politics, People, and Power. Weatherby has also written numerous manuals on state and local government and conducted workshops for state and local officials for over thirty-five years. He is a former executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities and served on the faculty at the University of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University. Dr. Weatherby serves on the board of directors of the City Club of Boise, the Idaho Tax Foundation, and Sage Community Resources, Inc. His wife, Dana, is the former Director of Legal Education for the Idaho State Bar and Associate Director of the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. They enjoy their daughter, son, daughter-in-law and two grand-children who live in Boise. He is a longtime member of the "Die Hard Chicago Cubs Fan Club" and is a co-owner of the Green Bay Packers.
Director Ricardo Ochoa has worked at Idaho Public Television since 1977. He splits his year between Idaho Reports and Dialogue and has been a part of legislative coverage for decades.
Producer, videographer and editor Seth Ogilvie cut his teeth as a videographer at KBOI2-News. He helps create most of the video stories in Idaho Reports and works closely with Greg on all aspects of the show.
Reporter Aaron Kunz contributes energy, environment and agriculture stories frequently. The former eastern Idaho newsman works for EarthFix, which is a collaborative effort of several public media outlets in the Northwest. You can also hear him regularly on Boise State Public Radio.
Kara Veit has worked on Idaho Reports for three years, tying together clips from the Statehouse and making sure the trains run on time on Friday taping days.
Alison Sweet helps produce both Idaho Reports and Dialogue. She makes the drive down from Idaho City every morning.
Executive Producer Bruce Reichert comes inside from his glamorous and adventurous Outdoor Idaho lifestyle every once in a while to make sure everything is running smoothly.