National outlet dedicates Boise State reporter as news landscape continues to shift

Dave Southorn, longtime Idaho Statesman Boise State beat reporter, inked a new gig.

Southorn shifts to The Athletic, a premium sports news service covering major and college sports across the country. Unlike many ad-supported services, The Athletic employs a hard paywall and monthly subscription fee.

Southorn is one of ten new college football writers coming to The Athletic, bringing the total number of beat writers to 34. He spent more than a dozen years covering Boise State between stints at the Statesman and Idaho Press.

The Statesman said it is working on a long-term plan to replace Southorn, but has not posted a sports position as of yet.

“I have seen their growth and always was impressed with the quality,” Southorn told BoiseDev. “They got in contact with me and I really liked their approach. I loved the Statesman and owe them a ton. I was excited by The Athletic’s approach to quality over quantity and was eager to write in a little bit of a different style.”

Boise State is one of just two schools outside of the Power 5 conferences with beat writers at The Athletic.

The expansion by The Athletic adds to a bustling local news scene. In the past year or so, Idaho Press expanded, BoiseDev launched and Idaho Matters started airing on Boise State Radio.

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