Veteran Idaho journalist Betsy Russell is the new Boise bureau chief and state capital reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune and Adams Publishing Group.
Russell comes to the Idaho Press-Tribune from the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, where she was most recently the Boise bureau chief and author of the popular “Eye on Boise” blog.
“Betsy Russell is among the best, if not the best journalist in the state of Idaho,” said Idaho Press-Tribune editor Scott McIntosh. “As we aspire to be the best newspaper in the state of Idaho, we are looking for the best journalists to help us get there. Betsy will be a huge part of that journey.”
Russell will continue to cover the Idaho Statehouse and Idaho politics for the Idaho Press-Tribune as well as all of the Idaho newspapers under the ownership of the Adams Publishing Group, including the Idaho State Journal and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
Russell has been with the Spokesman-Review since 1991 and has been Boise bureau chief since 1995. Prior to that, she had been with the Idaho Statesman for five years as an assistant city editor, reporter and columnist.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and her master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Over her career, she has received numerous awards, including being a part of the Spokesman-Review team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in spot news in 1993 for the coverage of the Ruby Ridge standoff.
Russell has been the president of the Idaho Press Club since 1997, president and co-founder of Idahoans for Openness in Government since 2004 and president of the Idaho Capitol Correspondents Association since 2008.
Her first day at the Idaho Press-Tribune will be May 7.