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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
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 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.

Episcopal Diocese of Spokane ordains new bishop

Donning a plain white robe, Gretchen Rehberg stood before five consecrating bishops, and with 650 witnesses packed into the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, promised to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane as its ninth bishop.

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Sravasti Abbey’s founder, Ven. Chodron, presented with global award

02/10/17By Tracy Simmons NEWPORT — Venerable Thubten Chodron, founder of Sravasti Abbey, was one of 50 nuns recently recognized worldwide for her contributions to Tibetan Buddhism. At a ceremony in Taiwan at the end of 2016, which was attended by an unanticipated 15,000 people, she received the Global Bhikkhuni Award, presented by the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkuni Association of Taiwan. It’s …

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KKK sign found in Spokane resident’s yard

After spending five days in Washington, D.C. for the Women's March, Spokane resident Lena Negrete came home to find a sign in her yard that read, "White Lives Matter More!" The sign was signed, "K.K.K. The true boys in da hood" and was placed in front of the "Black Lives Matter" sign that Negrete has had in her yard since summer.

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Spokane honors MLK with rally, march, call for unity

The MLK Day Annual Unity Rally and March had a tense start Monday morning when Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) spoke to a massive crowd at the Spokane Convention Center, calling for the need to heal divisions and fight racism by coming together.

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