Outdoor Idaho Production Staff

Outdoor Idaho staff Sauni Symonds, Bruce Reichert, and Jay Krajic

Sauni Symonds, Bruce Reichert, and Jay Krajic
near Reynolds Creek in the Owyhee front.
Photo by Tim Tower

Now in its 35th season, Outdoor Idaho has sought to inspire and educate Idahoans about their state, with a writing style that has earned hundreds of national and regional awards, including a 2016 Emmy for Program Writing. The show’s breathtaking videography is also on display in every episode, winning even more awards, and giving Idahoans a reason to feel proud of their state.

Below are the producers, directors, and videographers who bring you Outdoor Idaho, month after month and year after year. They have explored Idaho’s hard-to-reach places, often getting there via horseback, fixed wing, jet boat, raft, and bike. Their goal is simple: to give viewers a perspective that is unavailable anywhere else.

A handful of these staff members work full time on the show. Most, however, help out only occasionally. But we are proud of all of them, for their dedication to the spirit of Outdoor Idaho.

“We have all been fortunate to revel in Idaho’s landscape,” says Bruce Reichert, one of the writers of the show. “It’s a landscape as unruly and complicated as exists anywhere on the planet. We have also been fortunate to profile some of the men and women who match our mountains. We appreciate the state’s motto… Esto Perpetua. May she live forever!”

 

Outdoor Idaho Host and Executive Producer Bruce Reichert

BRUCE REICHERT is the host and executive producer of Outdoor Idaho; he has worked hand-in-hand with his colleagues to create quality productions that capture the state’s dreams, hopes, and concerns, like “50 Years of Wilderness,” “Idaho Geology, A Convergence of Wonders,” “Wolves in Idaho,” “Idaho Headwaters,” and “Beyond the White Clouds.”

His public affairs reporting has garnered multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow and Press Club awards, helping to make Outdoor Idaho one of the most celebrated television series in the West. 

“We tell Idaho’s stories, and our staff is always willing to go the extra mile to get those stories. It’s a real honor to share Idaho with fellow Idahoans.”  Reichert lives in a log cabin he built in the mountains outside Idaho City.

 

Outdoor Idaho Lead Producer 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”; hundreds of feet beneath the surface into a secret limestone cave for “Idaho’s Middle Earth”; 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.

 

Outdoor Idaho Writer/Producer John Crancer

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.

 

Outdoor Idaho Videographer/Editor Jay Krajic
JAY KRAJIC is a director, editor and videographer of Outdoor Idaho; he has become the go-to guy when we need someone to venture into uncharted territory or to climb a mountain peak 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’s been known to ride his bike to work even in the winter time. Jay is also a still photographer whose work has been featured in books, magazines, cards and calendars.

 

Outdoor Idaho Videographer/Editor Pat Matzler

PAT METZLER is a director, editor and videographer of Outdoor Idaho; it is his job to blend pictures, sounds, and interviews into a coherent, aesthetically pleasing program, and he has edited some of our biggest projects, winning Emmys for shows like “50 Years of Wilderness” and “Idaho Geology, A Convergence of Wonders.” Pat is an avid whitewater enthusiast, someone equally at home in the outdoors and in the edit bay.

 

Idaho Public Television Outdoor Idaho Crew

A 2014 trip into the White Clouds for several shows, including “50 Years of Wilderness” and “Beyond the White Clouds”
L-R: Aaron Kunz, Jay Krajic, Rick Gerrard, Kris Millgate, Bruce Reichert, Peter Morrill, John Crancer, and Tim Tower
Photo by Aaron Kunz

Contributing Producers


Outdoor Idaho Contributer Marcia Franklin
MARCIA FRANKLIN is a contributing producer and writer for Outdoor Idaho, in addition to hosting and producing Dialogue, a weekly conversation program. A producer and host at the station since 1990, Marcia enjoys exploring how the outdoors can change people’s lives, as well as preserving the stories of the older generation, which she jokes she’ll join before long. Her documentaries have won numerous honors, including a George Foster Peabody award, and three of her Outdoor Idaho programs have won regional Emmy Awards: “Idaho Tribes and the Environment,” “Cycling Idaho,” and “Nature’s Healing Power.” 

An avid road cyclist, Marcia also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, especially on Idaho’s iconic blue-sky days. She challenged herself to kayak on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon for an Outdoor Idaho piece. She’s gathering the courage to skydive, would love to hear a wolf howl, wants to hike more in the Sawtooths, and hopes one day to pull a permit to raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

 

Outdoor Idaho Contributer Joan Cartan-Hansen

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.”

 

Outdoor Idaho Contributer Melissa Davlin
MELISSA DAVLIN is a contributing producer and writer to Outdoor Idaho. Davlin, who co-hosts Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports," is a life-long resident of the Gem State. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing, and takes her son Garrett with her on as many adventures as possible.

Davlin has worked in Idaho journalism since 2005, starting in print and transitioning to broadcast in 2013. She specializes in political coverage, social issues and refugee resettlement. Davlin has won multiple awards for her work, including Idaho Press Club's Broadcast Journalist of the Year for 2015.

 

Outdoor Idaho Contributer Peter Morrill

PETER MORRILL volunteers his time for Outdoor Idaho as a videographer and occasional producer. Peter retired from Idaho Public Television in 2013, where he served as General Manager for 16 years. He and Royce Williams created Outdoor Idaho in 1983, never imagining that the show would still be going strong more than 30 years later. 

Peter’s recent video segments include a 50 mile trek across the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness; a hike through the Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness; and a rafting trip down the Main Salmon River. Peter was awarded the Silver Circle Award in 2010 by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He lives in Boise, with his wife Linda, and enjoys hiking, skiing and the visual grace of our great state.

 

Outdoor Idaho Contributer Kris Millgate

KRIS MILLGATE is a contributing producer and outdoor journalist. For her, no two days are alike. Some days she camps out in an edit bay creating award-winning shows for Outdoor Idaho. Other days she hikes into the wilderness to collar grizzly bears, count bald eagles and catch native fish all with camera in tow. 

With nearly a quarter century of storytelling, Millgate traverses wild country in search of stimulating and engaging topics. She researches issues thoroughly then translates core elements via video, photo and words in a professional way that demands audience attention. 

Millgate is a fly fisher, ultra trail runner and hockey coach. In each pursuit, one fact remains; Millgate’s determination is relentless.