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Entries for month: January 2012

Governor, University Presidents and JFAC...whatta week!

January 28 2012 by Peter Morrill

The Governor, University Presidents, Leadership Academy, Desks and JFAC…indeed, this has been a very busy week at Idaho Public Television.



On Tuesday, Idaho Report’s Greg Hahn conducted Idaho Reports interviews with Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho’s three university President’s: University of Idaho’s Dr. M. Duane Nellis, Boise State University’s Dr. Bob Kustra and Idaho State University’s Arthur Vallis for the Friday, January 27 program. They can be found at:



On Wednesday, we hosted more than 60 high school juniors from the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy. During their six hour session in our studios, they divided into several teams and created public service announcements for Computers for Kids. They got expert guidance on spot conception, writing, new media techniques, presentation and editing from several of our producers, directors and technicians including Greg Hahn (Producer), Jeff Tucker (Production Manager), and Ricardo Ochoa (Director). The staff had a great time with the group! Check out these pictures on Facebook:


Thursday saw two major activities: Reapportionment Commission sessions and move day at IdahoPTV. The Reapportionment Commission reconvened and began their work again to develop a redistricting plan that will pass court muster. Those live hearings can be accessed in archive form at:


Also that day, through the generosity of the Speaker of House, Pro Tem and Legislative Services, we were the recipient of 12 lightly used module desk units that will replace very old office furniture (35 + years!). With the steady coordinating efforts of staffer Kelly Roberts, personnel from Idaho Correctional Industries moved the furniture from the basement of the Joe R. Williams Office Building to our Boise/North Orchard offices.


Finally, on Friday, I made my annual budget request presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) for state fiscal year 2013. Budget presentations are held in the historic and beautifully renovated JFAC chambers of the Idaho State Capitol. They are always invigorating experiences! Checkout a low-resolution video of my session at:


The Spokesman-Review and Current.og covered the presentation.


I want to thank Friends of IdahoPTV board members Eve Chandler, Dr. Jerry Evans, Sheri Freemuth and Bob Sonnichsen for their in person support. The JFAC budget process for IdahoPTV will continue until early March when the committee will vote their recommendations to the full Idaho legislature. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.




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January GM Report Hits The Street

January 17 2012 by Peter Morrill

 Each month, my colleague Kelly Roberts and I produce GM Reports. It’s an overview of significant issues and initiatives at Idaho Public Television and public media. In addition, it presents a collection of media stories that have been written about us over the past month.


This month, I highlight several items including the beginning of the state’s legislative budget process with the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for IdahoPTV, the season premier of Idaho Reports, Idaho Legislative Live and two national awards for IdahoPTV local productions.


GM Report January can be downloaded at:

Past editions can be accessed at:



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Color of Conscience Events Around Idaho

January 15 2012 by Peter Morrill

 As our state celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day over this long weekend, our documentary, "The Color of Conscience," which chronicles the history of the modern human rights movement in our region, has been used by a number of groups to explore this subject.


Producer Marcia Franklin screened the documentary in Coeur d'Alene recently, and will show it again on Monday at 1 PM at the Nampa Civic Center. I wanted to share an email from her:


Peter, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my warm thanks to Friends of IdahoPTV board members Ann Smart, Judy Meyer, Erna Rhinehart and Roger Grigg for hosting me in Coeur d'Alene Thursday and Friday of last week.


In addition to the screening and discussion, which about 60 people attended at the beautiful library there, I was able to speak to a graphics/video production class at North Idaho College. Then the next morning Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene showed the documentary. (That brings the number of screenings to 12.)

 It was particularly poignant for me to see a whole school watching the documentary, in the very same community where many of the scenes took place. Although I was able to be in only one class to answer questions, I spoke to all the students in the school before the program through their PA system. I suggested a few themes for them to think about with their teachers, including a particular quote from human rights advocate Norm Gissel.

 As I understand it from teachers with whom I spoke, there were some thoughtful discussions afterwards, including one with a boy directly affected by one of the scenes depicted in the documentary.


A few hours later, several KKK members were holding signs in downtown CDA. If the children saw that on the news, hopefully they now had some more context for it.


I have attached a photo of something that was very special for me to see: a teacher who took Norm Gissel's quote from the documentary and wrote it on a whiteboard outside his classroom for all his students to see. We are developing lessons plans to accompany the program, one of which will expand on the theme of the quote, ie: "What does it mean to live a purposeful life?"

Again, many thanks to all who helped arrange my visit. I'm sure it will be one of the highlights of my year.


If my schedule permits, I'd be glad to talk to other groups. Indeed, if I hadn't already made plans to be in Coeur d'Alene and Nampa, I would have attended one of the Pocatello screenings, which were on the same days. I thought the LocalNews8 piece was very good, and was pleased it focused on Idaho Purce, an amazing person.


Best, Marcia


Several news organizations have highlights her efforts. Check out the following links:

Color of Conscience program:

KIVI-TV, Nampa:

Spokesman Review:

Local News8, Idaho Falls/Pocatello:

Idaho Press Tribune, Nampa:

CDA Press, Coeur d’Alene:

Idaho State Journal,







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D4K Digs Deep Into Geology

January 12 2012 by Peter Morrill

Idaho is known as “The Gem State” for good reason. You can find more than 240 different minerals in the state. Some are very rare and valuable. Others play an important role in our everyday life.

 On Tuesday, January 17, at 2pm/1pm MT/PT, D4K host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guest scientists will answer questions about geology. Cartan-Hansen is joined by Reed Lewis, a geologist from the Idaho Geological Survey at the University of Idaho, and Megan Dixon, an instructor from the College of Idaho.


Students can watch the show over the air or on the D4K website:


 They can send questions through email to, fax them in before the show to (208) 373-7245, or call in live during the program to (800) 973-9800. Shortly after the show, students can view a Web-only video with Lewis and Dixon answering questions that were not part of the on-air broadcast.


 The D4K website provides educational materials throughout the season. Students can access more information and facts about each topic, links, reading lists, a glossary, podcasts of programs, video shorts, full episodes and special D4K Web-exclusive programming.


Sponsor: The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation


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Here Comes Greg Hahn & Idaho Reports!

January 10 2012 by Peter Morrill

 With more on-camera interviews from the Capitol Mall, images from LEGISLATURE LIVE, and more than a decade of Statehouse experience, host Greg Hahn intends to give Idahoans more voices, video and viewpoints this year on IDAHO REPORTS.

 “We can pull back the curtain and see how things are working over there and offer that extra context and depth — what it means,” Hahn says. “We are going to record more on-site interviews so we will have a broader group of people on air.” 

The one-hour weekly show during the legislative session will include a revolving panel of Statehouse officials, legislators and lobbyists, and will also feature a panel of academics and journalists. 

“We want to take a look at how what they are talking about in the Statehouse will impact people around the state,” Hahn says.

 Hahn also plans to find ways to talk about Statehouse history and the culture; how the relationships of legislators, lobbyists and reporters have evolved over the years; and delve into specific issues such as the economy, jobs, redistricting and more. 

Look for more information and tidbits online at, @IdahoReports on Twitter and Idaho Reports on Facebook. The shows can be streamed online at after they are broadcast and will be archived online at   

  IDAHO REPORTS, Airs Fridays, beginning January 13, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT, Repeats Sundays, beginning January 15, at 11:00/10:00 a.m. MT/PT





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