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Tracy Simmons, Executive Director

Tracy Simmons/Photo by Bethany Mahan
Tracy Simmons/Photo by Bethany Mahan

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.

Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she teaches Journalism at Gonzaga University and serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

You can reach Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

 

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Emily Geddes, Chief Operations Officer

Emily Geddes (Ask a Mormon) serves 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 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, 13 chickens, a cat, and her two library cards. She blogs about books, religion, feminism and family at www.buildenoughbookshelves.com.

Interns 

Megan Carroll, Journalism Intern

Megan Carroll is a junior journalism major and interdisciplinary arts minor — which combines her passions for music, theater and dance — at Gonzaga University. Her journalism experience includes news editing and writing for The Gonzaga Bulletin, news feature writing for the Gonzaga University News Service and freelance feature writing with local daily The Spokesman-Review. Megan also serves as the public relations representative for The Gonzaga Dance Council and Boundless Dance Club on campus, and taught free lyrical ballet classes to students for several semesters. When she is not writing, Megan enjoys singing during Gonzaga Women’s Chorus rehearsals and weekly vocal lessons, dancing, and weight training. A Las Vegas native and avid hiker, she enjoys the beautiful scenery and different climate in Spokane. She worshipped in the evangelical Christian church throughout most of her life, but recently embedded herself within the Catholic tradition. However, discussions of interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism have led her to many religion reporting passion projects.

Hannah McCollum, Copy Editing Intern

Hannah McCollum

Hannah McCollum hails from Everett, but has recently made Spokane her home. She is excited to intern as a copy editor and writer with SpokaneFāVS and learn more about her adopted city. She is graduating from Whitworth University in January with a degree in English and Spanish. Her favorite book is “The Order of Odd Fish” by James Kennedy

 

 

 

SpokaneFaVS is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to lend a hand in keeping FaVS running!

Contact Emily Geddes at emilygeddes@spokanefavs.com to talk about available volunteer opportunities including Marketing Director, Calendar Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Advertising and Promotional Executive, and more!

Contact Tracy Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com if you’re interested in internship opportunities, from copy editing to graphic design, social media to event planning, photojournalism to public relations.