Idaho Public TV picks new hosts for politics show

August 27, 2013 

A public television reporter and a former Twin Falls newspaper reporter are the new co-hosts of "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television.

Aaron Kunz, 35, joined "Idaho Reports" in 2012, covering environmental issues. Melissa Davlin, 27, covered the Idaho Legislature for the Times-News in Twin Falls.

"Idaho Reports" is a weekly show covering Idaho government and airs during the Idaho Legislature.

Kunz and Davlin succeed host Gregory Hahn, who left Idaho Public Television to take a job at Boise State University.

Here's more from the news release IPTV sent out Tuesday:

Two Idaho reporters with a combination of youth and considerable experience covering Idaho politics have been named the co-hosts of IDAHO REPORTS, Idaho Public Television announced this week. Former Twin Falls reporter Melissa Davlin has joined the IDAHO REPORTS staff and will co-host Idaho’s only statewide legislative program with Aaron Kunz this coming January.

Davlin, 27, is no stranger to Idaho politics, having covered the state Legislature for the Twin Falls Times-News for the past two sessions. She was also a features reporter for four years.

Kunz, 35, worked on IDAHO REPORTS last year, covering stories on the environment and natural resource issues. He is also a producer for EarthFix, a public media project of several Northwest public TV and radio outlets, including IdahoPTV, Oregon Public Broadcasting and KCTS Seattle.

“I’m excited about the strengths of our young co-hosts,” says Bruce Reichert, Idaho Public Television’s executive producer. “They understand the value of this venerable show to Idahoans and are committed to making IDAHO REPORTS informative, insightful, and even fun to watch.”

Now in its fourth decade of covering Gem State politics, IDAHO REPORTS airs annually during Idaho’s legislative session and provides commentary and analysis of the developments within the state government. Betsy Russell of The Spokesman-Review and veteran political analyst Jim Weatherby will continue as contributors to the weekly show, which airs on Friday evenings and repeats on Sunday mornings. Other reporters from around the state will join the program from time to time, providing different perspectives on issues of importance to Idahoans.

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