The longest-running legislative show in the West, Idaho Reports covers the issues on what is happening in the Idaho state legislature.
Host Melissa Davlin comes from the world of print news. She studied English at the University of Idaho and put those narrative skills to work at the Twin Falls Times-News. Davlin has covered the Idaho Legislature since 2012, breaking major stories and keeping the residents of Idaho informed and engaged with their legislature. She believes in making Idaho politics more accessible to citizens while providing historical perspectives and in-depth analysis on big-picture implications.
In 2011, Davlin spearheaded a project on Bhutanese refugees who resettled in Idaho. While in Nepal, she interviewed refugees, aid workers and government officials about the plight of the Bhutanese. She visited three refugee camps and followed the resettlement of several families from the plains of southeast Nepal to Idaho's Magic Valley. She also covered the 2010 deployment and subsequent return of the Idaho National Guard 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, following families through the process of preparing for deployment and the transition back to life at home. Davlin has received multiple awards for her work, including the 2015 Broadcast Reporter of the Year from the Idaho Press Club.
Producer, videographer and editor Seth Ogilvie started as a intern at Idaho Public Television. He went on to work in commercial news at KBCI, covering diverse stories from the Larry Craig scandal to the 2007 Boise State win in the Fiesta Bowl. He returned to Idaho Public Television as a videographer and associate producer for Idaho Reports.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from the Boise bureau of the Idaho Press-Tribune. 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.
Director Troy Shreve has worked at Idaho Public Television since 2014. He splits his time between Idaho Reports, Dialogue, Idaho Experience and promotional spots for IPTV. Shreve attended Boise State University and spent time shooting and directing commercials.
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.