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Mon., June 16, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

Boone named AP chief for Idaho

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rebecca Boone, a newsperson for The Associated Press in Boise, has been promoted to supervisory correspondent for Idaho. The appointment was announced Monday by Traci Carl, AP's West regional manager overseeing news for 13 states, including Idaho. Boone, 38, joined AP in 2002 in Boise. She previously worked at the Lewiston Tribune and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism.

Earlier this year, Boone won a national Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in public service journalism for a series of stories covering understaffing at Idaho's largest prison. Boone's investigation revealed that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America falsified staffing records in violation of the company's $29-million-a-year state contract. She also examined how the state missed warning signs of problems at the prison, despite increased oversight of CCA's operations. The fallout from the investigation prompted Idaho to end its contract with CCA and take control of the prison, and the FBI to launch an investigation into whether CCA committed fraud.

"Becky is a talented, determined reporter whose ultimate goal is to give AP members and the public the best information possible," Carl said. "Her award-winning work on the private prison system helped shape public policy, and we are confident she will continue to do trail-blazing work as the news leader for Idaho."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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