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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.

Disparity, injustices cause sleepless nights

09/14/13By Religion News Spokane Blogger Daryl Geffken I’ve been waking up early a lot. Not so much “early” in the sense of watching the sunrise and all that… early as in 330am. I’m not totally sure why. I tend to wake from a strange dream (I was just asked by a bartender if I wanted my pint of beer in …

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Whitworth Happenings

09/14/13 Here are some upcoming Whitworth events I thought some of you might find interesting. The bottom two are definitely on my calendar! Oct. 18:Whitworth Auxiliary's annual fall luncheon and bazaar, featuring a musical performance by Bonnie Robinson, wife of Whitworth President Emeritus Bill Robinson. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane. Bazaar will open at …

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Clergy ready to Occupy Spokane

09/14/13 On Saturday Spokane area clergy will dress in their vestments and join the Occupy Spokane protestors in marching for economic justice. T hough participants may be few (Episcopal clergy are in Yakima for the Annual Diocesan Convention), Methodist pastor Deb Conklin said she hopes the faith community's presence will be a strong witness that the church can still have …

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Community leaders honored for combating hatred

09/14/13 For the past three years The institute for Hate Studies (formerly the institute for Action Against Hate) has been honoring local organizations and individuals for their commitment to challenging hatred. On Tuesday night Partners with Families and Children: Spokane was the organization awarded and The Fig Tree editor Mary Stamp was the individual awarded. More than 200 people attended …

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Fighting Hunger in Cheney

09/14/13 Hunger Stomp is a 5K Fun Run/Walk that will bringcollege students, church-goers, and city residents together tobenefit two local organizationsthat fight hunger year-round.   First is Feed Cheney, which provides a monthlyfree hot meal, and the other is the Cheney Food Bank, which serves over 400families and distributes 100,000 pounds of food annually.   The run/walkwill begin at 10 …

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For your October to-do list

09/14/13 If your October calendar isn't full yet, I think it's about to be.  Oct. 11, Gonzaga University:TheGonzaga University Institute for Hate Studieswill honorPartners with Families and Children: Spokane (PFCS)andMary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree, at its third annual Take Action Against Hate Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.) PFCS …

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