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New BSU ed news outlet hires Corbin from Post Register, Richert from Statesman

In a fairly big shakeup in Idaho media circles, the new Idaho Education News has announced that it’s hired Idaho Falls Post Register Statehouse reporter Clark Corbin and Idaho Statesman editorial page editor Kevin Richert as its two new staffers who will cover education news at the Legislature for the online news outlet. Jennifer Swindell, a former Statesman staffer, is the editor of, a Boise State University project funded by a grant from the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

The news outlet is the newest venture for the Idaho Leads Project, which up to now has focused on finding and highlighting “best practices” at Idaho school districts. The project, which is under BSU’s Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies, received an 18-month $3.85 million grant from the Albertson Foundation, according to its website. Its goals are to “support and enhance the advancement of educational improvement and reform in Idaho, and second, to share, in an easily accessible manner, best practices to all interested districts, schools and charters.”

In a news release about the two new hires, Swindell said the website’s articles are “free to all users and available for distribution on other platforms or websites so long as proper attribution is included.” Richert has a farewell blog post here at the Statesman's website.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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