Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Staff

Executive Staff

S20WEBTRACY2Tracy Simmons, Executive Director

Tracy Simmons serves as the editor and community manager of SpokaneFAVS.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a master’s degree in communication.

She’s reported on religion for more than a decade and has written for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut.

Over the years Simmons has won several journalism awards including the 2009 American Academy of Religion’s first place award for best in-depth reporting on religion, and the 2011 Religion Newswriters Association’s Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year.

She also teaches courses at Gonzaga University and Spokane Falls Community College.

You can reach Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

 

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Emily Geddes, Chief Operations Officer

  • Emily Geddes (Ask a Mormon) will be serving as our Chief Operating Officer. Emily has her MBA and her services have been donated to SpokaneFAVS by ME2 Solutions. Reach her  at emilygeddes@spokanefavs.com.

Emily H. Geddes was born to two physicists and grew up as a Navy brat. Born-and-raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Brigham Young University, and earned an MBA from Eastern Washington University. She has, at various times, jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, worked in health care administration, lived in and traveled around Europe, and interned at an electron beam accelerator facility.

Geddes lives near Spokane with her husband Gene, their three sons, 10 chickens, a cat, a dog and her two library cards. She blogs about books, religion, feminism and family at www.buildenoughbookshelves.com.

Interns

Olivia Alley, Journalism Intern

Olivia Alley

Olivia Alley

Olivia Alley is a 22-year-old journalism major at Gonzaga University. She’s originally from Richland, Wash. and transferred to GU from a community college. This is her first time pursuing work in the field of journalism and hopes to one day write for a magazine or edit books. Alley has a small Chihuahua mix named Dodger who takes up most of her free time, but she also enjoys cooking and reading.

Erin Robinson, Journalism Intern

Erin Robinson/Contributed photo

Erin Robinson/Contributed photo

Erin Robinson is currently a junior at Gonzaga University pursuing a degree in broadcast and electronic media, as well as minors in journalism and music. She is an active member of the University Choir, Chamber Choir and Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity. Robinson recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy and hopes to combine her passions of travel and media to become an international reporter.

 

Katie Cunningham, Copy Editing Intern

Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham

Cunningham is a junior English major at Whitworth University. She is also co-president of Westminster Round, Whitworth’s English club, and works at the Whitworth Composition Commons.

She plans to teach English in Japan after graduating, and hopes to one day become an editor for a publishing company.