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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, 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 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.

Exploring environmental justice

09/14/13 In Genesis God says that man shall “have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” I’m not a big fan of the word “dominion.” It sounds so ghastly doesn’t it? It may as well read, “You shall have a choke-hold over all the …

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Looking for something to do?

09/14/13If you live within driving distance of Whitworth, then there’s really no excuse to be bored. Check out these upcoming events: Sept. 25:A lecture by Juan Melendez, who spent more than 17 years on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released in 2002. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in …

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Catholic Charities of Spokane keeps hundreds off the street

09/14/13 Some of you may already know that Catholic Charities of Spokane has its fingers in a little bit of everything. It’s not just an administrative building down there by the hospitals. It’s a crucial part of Spokane’s history, and it’s future. It began in 1912 as the Catholic Social Betterment League and changed its name in the 40s as …

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Gonzaga off to a busy start

09/14/13Gonzaga University hit the ground running this semester. I can hardly keep up with its jam-packed calendar. I’m guessing you can’t either, so here a few events you may want to take note of. Sept. 26-30 –the university’s Catholic Studies Program will celebrate Jesuit Heritage Week. This will include a series of events to celebrate Gonzaga’s Jesuit and Catholic heritage …

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Memoir tells story of Polygamist family

09/14/13 Love Times Threeis a “love story” about the Darger’s. And you can probably guess by the title, this isn’t your typical family. Joe Darger has three wives and 24 children. This is the family that inspired HBO’s Big Love, although the Dargers say it’s not an accurate portrayal of their life. (They do embrace the show, however). The book …

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The State of American Fatherhood

09/14/13[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9VT_NBIVfs?rel=0] I had a particular interest in this panel because I grew up in a single-parent home. My dad walked out when I was infant and I was reunited with him when I was 19 years old. So, I guess it’s natural that I tend to keep my ear to the ground to discover new statistics in that area. …

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