What a year of growth at BoiseDev. Just a year ago, our site was a solo effort.
Today, I’m excited to announce we are adding a fifth member to the team.
Gretchen Parsons will join us later this month in the new role of managing editor. Local audiences might recognize her from her time as an anchor and reporter for KTVB-TV. While at Channel 7, she anchored and produced the station’s weekend evening newscasts, as well as reported on a wide variety of stories and issues in the Treasure Valley.
Gretchen previously worked as anchor and political reporter for Coastal Television Broadcasting in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.
She will spearhead a new product that I’m excited to announce in the months to come. Her mix of talents and knowledge will make a big impact on our mission to provide reader-focused, independent news coverage to the Boise valley.
Margaret Carmel, who joined us last fall, will take on the title of senior reporter. This is a recognition of the leadership role she plays for BoiseDev. Her work on Boise city hall, local growth, housing, and the homeless community continues to stand out and helps provide coverage of issues with depth and clarity.
Autum Robertson, who came aboard last summer on a one-year grant project will remain on our staff, and broaden her focus. She will continue to cover many of the growth issues facing the McCall area, but she will now also tackle coverage of Meridian. It’s no secret that the area continues to boom and grow – and I’ve long wanted to provide even better coverage of the area. Autum has already started to work on stories in this area and you will see more to come.
Along with Anna Daly Gamboa and myself, we will continue to bring you fact-focused news and information so you can be better informed about your neighborhood and community.
When BoiseDev started in 2016, I looked at it as a bit of a hobby. Today, it is a growing, thriving local news outlet, backed by more than a thousand members who support our journalism – and more than a dozen sponsors who help us sustain this mission. Thank you for reading – and thank you for your support.
More to come!