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Rob Curley is the editor of The Spokesman-Review and joined the newspaper in 2016. He has previously held leadership positions at The Orange County Register, Las Vegas Sun, Washington Post and Lawrence Journal-World.


Most Recent Stories

Nov. 26, 2020, midnight
When you’re a college basketball fan who grew up in Kansas and now lives in Spokane, some questions are inevitable. Here are two: Your friends in the Pacific Northwest want to know just what in the heck a Jayhawk actually is. Those back in the rectangle state would really like to understand what in the world a Zag is.

Nov. 25, 2020, 4 p.m.
They are two of the most-respected programs in all of college athletics, yet Kansas and Gonzaga couldn’t be more different.

Nov. 7, 2020, 6:15 p.m.
Some things should be above the politics, but that’s not really the world we live in right now, is it? This is where a pair of low-top Chuck Taylor sneakers enter the picture.

Nov. 1, 2020, 4 a.m.
Opinions have played a huge role in American newspapers, dating back before the Revolutionary War. It was this country’s desired independence from British rule that first showed the power of newspapers to unite people for a common cause.

Oct. 27, 2020, 9:15 p.m.
If online, we call people who post anonymously “trolls,” what does that say about unsigned editorials in a newspaper? Maybe it's time to throw out some outdated relics because getting better isn’t just about what you do, but about what you don’t do

June 5, 2020, 2 a.m.
Seven-year-old me couldn’t have cared less about the big-time director and A-list cast that included Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman and some newcomer named Christopher Reeve.

June 2, 2020, 5 p.m.
The changes to local newspaper newsrooms across the country have been written about ad nauseam. Here’s the CliffsNotes version of the obvious: There are a whole lot fewer journalists out there.

May 6, 2020, 6 a.m.
Spokane sports broadcaster Sam Adams is about to become one of the anchors for KHQ’s popular “Wake Up” morning show. It might sound a little crazy, but it’s likely a crazy-smart move, both for the station and for the affable Adams.

News >  Spokane
May 3, 2020, 5 a.m.
When you’re a newspaper editor, you get a lot of email, notes and phone calls. I’ve worked at some of the biggest newspapers in the nation and never received as much as here in Spokane. It’s actually one of the coolest parts of working here – people care. And they’re chatty. Those are features, not flaws.

May 3, 2020, 5 a.m.
None of us have done this before. There was no playbook to follow. None of the newspaper’s historical emergency publishing plans explained what to do if there was a worldwide pandemic that would cause us to abandon our newsroom desks for months on end.

April 20, 2020, 4 a.m.
Today, we hear the phrase “fake news” all the time, but it’s oddly been turned into something that seems charged and political, whether something is factual or not. And if it is true, there are now “alternate facts” you should believe are truer, despite facts not actually working that way.

April 18, 2020, 5 a.m.
We grew up in a small-town where 50 people in your graduating class was considered huge. Our extended family all lived nearby and we were a fairly tight-knit bunch. Even a little gregarious – okay maybe a lot gregarious – which often made it a little overwhelming for those who married into the Curley family.

April 12, 2020, 4 a.m.
I don’t normally write a three-dot column – which is newspaper slang for a column that talks about mostly unrelated things separated by a whole bunch of ellipses – but we have a lot of ground to cover today.

News >  Spokane
April 11, 2020, midnight
Two years ago, an anonymous philanthropist in Spokane worked with the Innovia Foundation to start a new fund at the non-profit entitled the “Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund.” The stated goal of the fund was to create and host local events that would bring the Spokane-area together in multiple ways that would encourage people to engage with their community.

April 8, 2020, 4 a.m.
In the era of the coronavirus, journalism has never felt more important. That’s what makes what is currently happening to local newspapers across the country, both dailies and weeklies, so cruel.

April 2, 2020, 4 a.m.
Today is the day we’re beginning the virtual version of our Northwest Passages book club and community forums. Though we’re starting with more of the forum part than the book part.

News >  Spokane
March 29, 2020, 8:32 p.m.
Northwest Passages Book Club events will resume, via streaming, plus ‘Storytime from the Tower’ for children.

March 24, 2020, midnight
A newspaper gets used to the idea that some people – mostly bad people – are afraid of us. But not our readers. And definitely not this time. We were told about a handful who recently canceled their subscriptions out of fear of this virus. Both the WHO and the CDC say it is safe to receive packages, including newspapers, at your home.

News >  Spokane
March 8, 2020, 11:57 p.m.
While most people are deathly afraid to speak in public, there aren’t many microphones or large audiences Katherine Morgan isn’t completely at home with. Still, she might seem like the most unlikely person in Spokane to appear on the live, stage-show version of the popular television show, “The Bachelor.” Yet, there she was Sunday night.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 23, 2020, 4:30 a.m.
Asa Maria Bradley, Katee Robert, Rebecca Zanetti and Lucy Gilmore will speak to the Northwest Passages book club on Monday.

News >  Family
Feb. 14, 2020, 5 p.m.
There were three things that mattered when I was a kid, in no particular order: running, writing and rhythm – rhythm guitar, to be more specific. I wasn’t particular good at any of them, but never knowing when to give up brings its own kind of success, I guess.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 5, 2020, 4 a.m.
Sometimes the lessons you learn when you’re just a kid don’t truly resonate until you’re much older. For generations, the first time many experience a newspaper is when they discover the simple joys of comics page somewhere around the time that they’re learning to read and tie their shoes.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.
Romantic stories get to me. They always have. And that trait sometimes puts a journalist in an awkward position with others in this particular profession.

Dec. 18, 2019, midnight
There are so many examples of Gonzaga’s game-changing moments that many folks can rattle them off with almost no thought. There’s Casey Calvary’s tip-in against Florida in 1999 that launched one of the longest continuous NCAA Tournament streaks in all of college basketball. It almost seems like yesterday, except no current Zags player had been born when Calvary was shattering backboards on national TV.

Dec. 3, 2019, midnight
So many days in a row with nicknames: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Robbi’s Tired Sunday and Cyber Monday. Then there’s today: Giving Tuesday. It might be the one that impacts a community the most. And for the longest. These are the kinds of presents that keep on giving.