Outdoor Idaho Production Staff

Bruce With A Fish
BRUCE REICHERT is the host and executive producer of Outdoor Idaho. He helped shepherd the show from its original magazine-style format into a show that tackles one topic each program. “Our staff is always willing to go the extra mile,” says Reichert, “and we aren't afraid to explore the tough public policy issues facing the West. In fact, those are the kinds of shows I particularly enjoy doing.”

His programs have won regional Emmys and Edward R. Murrow awards for public affairs reporting. He lives in a log cabin he built in the mountains outside Idaho City.


Sauni Symonds

SAUNI SYMONDS is the lead producer of Outdoor Idaho. She produces, directs, writes, edits, and sometimes even shoots for Outdoor Idaho. Her shows have taken us to the top of some of Idaho's tallest peaks in “Summit Idaho,” into the slot canyons of the Owyhee outback in “Owyhee Canyoneers,” and through ice, wind, and snow for “Winter Grit”. Her contributions to Outdoor Idaho have garnered numerous awards, including regional Emmys.

A fourth generation Idahoan, Sauni has also traveled nationally and internationally as a freelance producer, including a season with Independent Lens in San Francisco.


John C. On A Boat
JOHN CRANCER has written and produced dozens of programs during his more than twenty years with Outdoor Idaho. “There are very few states in the country where you can experience the variety of terrains and lifestyles that you can find in Idaho,” says Crancer. His programs have won major awards, including regional Emmys.

With more than 35 years in television production, Crancer has produced segments in nearly all of the western states and has traveled as far as Brazil and Siberia for shoots. He has also rafted most of Idaho's major rivers.


Pat on a shoot.
PAT METZLER is the director, editor and videographer of Outdoor Idaho. It is his job to blend pictures, sounds, and interviews into a coherent, aesthetically pleasing program.

Pat has been the camera man on some of our more difficult assignments, like our trip through the Class 4 Five Mile Rapid on the Bruneau River, or the 15 mile journey from Fish Lake to Bear Mountain Lookout during a snowstorm.

Pat is an avid hunter and whitewater enthusiast, someone equally at home in the outdoors and in the edit bay.


Jay Krajic

JAY KRAJIC is a director, editor and videographer of Outdoor Idaho; he is the go-to guy when we need someone to climb mountain peaks to get the shot!

Jay is an avid downhill skier and backpacker and has tromped through most of the wild places in Idaho, including all of Idaho's wilderness areas. He is also a still photographer whose work has been featured in books, magazines, cards and calendars.


Marcia with her bike
MARCIA FRANKLIN is a writer/producer for Outdoor Idaho when she is not producing and hosting “Dialogue.” She has worked at Idaho Public Television since 1990. Marcia enjoys preserving the stories of older Idahoans, as well as others whose lives and livelihoods often go unnoticed. She also enjoys working with young people.

Several of her shows have won major awards, including regional Emmys. In her free time, Marcia loves to bike, hike and snowshoe, and feels fortunate to live in the beauty of Idaho.


Joan on cross-country skis

JOAN CARTAN-HANSEN is a writer/producer for Outdoor Idaho when she is not producing and hosting “Science Trek.” She has worked at Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is an Idaho native, who grew up canoeing, hiking, and skiing. She even has a favorite place to find huckleberries.

Joan's efforts have garnered numerous awards, including regional Emmys and  the prestigious Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her contributions include such diverse topics as “A Trip to the Moon,” “The Health of our Lakes,” and “Winter Play.”


Kris Millgate
KRIS MILLGATE is an award-winning freelancer from the Idaho Falls area with extensive experience in outdoor and environmental issues. She has her own production company, Tight Line Media, and serves on the Board of Directors for Outdoor Writers Association of America. We've been fortunate to be able to call on Kris for numerous eastern Idaho programs, like “Palisades by Season,” “Valley of the Tetons,” and “Helping Henry's.”