Patty Bruininks

Meet the writers and interns at SpokaneFAVS

There are lots of new faces around here!

First, meet our new writers — Patricia Bruininks and Lucas Thayer.


Bruininks teaches courses such on Psychology of Poverty & Social Class and Love, Altruism, & Forgiveness at Whitworth University and regularly studies and conducts research on the emotion of hope.





Thayer recently graduated from Whitworth with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He considers himself agnostic, although he says he raised in a Christian household.





Next meet our newest interns.


Paige Powers is about to be a junior at Gonzaga University, where she is a business major. She’s the vice president of Gonzaga’s Health and Wellness club on campus. She was born in Brazil, and grew up in Spokane. She attends St. John’s Cathedral.





Vincent Allen is a broadcasting major at Gonzaga and a public relations minor. The past few years he’s worked in various roles at SWX Spokane, running everything from camera to audio at local sporting events, he said. After graduation he hopes to move back to his home state of California and to be a host or producer in the entertainment industry.


About 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. Currently 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.

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