Tracy Simmons

Avatar photo
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 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, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

BRIEF: Group plans to protest Santorum

UPDATE: SANTORUM TO HOLD RALLY AT 3 P.M., THURSDAY – NOT NOON, AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED. Upon learning that Rick Santorum would be in Spokane this week, a group of activists organized an impromptu protest. The group will be at New Life Assembly Churchfrom 12 to 3 p.m. Thursday — the same …

Read More »

Santorum to host rally in Spokane

 UPDATE: SANTORUM TO HOLD RALLY AT 3 P.M., THURSDAY – NOT NOON, AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED. On Thursday presidential candidate Rick Santorum will hold a rally at New Life Assembly Church in Spokane. Spokane County GOP Chairman Matthew Pederson made the announcement today. Santorum's religiosity has made lots of headlines lately. …

Read More »

Whitworth to host Peace Corps info session

Peace Corps representatives will host a special information session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W Main Ave. The first week in March is recognized as Peace Corps Week to commemorate the signing of President John F. Kennedy's executive order establishing the federal agency on March 1, 1961. …

Read More »

Splinter churches realign mainline Protestantism

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service There’s a popular saying in church-planting circles: It’s easier to make babies than to raise the dead. That principle applies to denominations as well, said the Rev. Paul Detterman, who helped found the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians in January. “We thought it was …

Read More »

Busyness becomes form of pride

By Contributor Sr. Teresa Jackson I hate it when homilists are right. Not just right about interesting pieces of Bible trivia or right in saying nice, affirming things. I hate it when they are right about things that really force me to take a cold, hard look at myself. Our …

Read More »

Colville churches repent for their sins

COLVILLE — On Sunday two Colville congregations came together to profess that they, as part of the common Christian church, have at times been destructive. “…We confess that we have sinned in communal ways in accepting and perpetuating the prejudices and injustices that persist in our culture and our world,” …

Read More »