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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 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. She serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod installs its first female bishop

She posts inspirational memes, notes on how people can contribute to area wildfire relief and, recently, reminders about Saturday. That’s when throngs of clergy and parishioners will assemble at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to install her as the next bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Kuempel will be the synod’s first female bishop.

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