Emilie Ritter Saunders
Emilie is Boise State Public Radio's digital content coordinator. She helps shape what you see on this website, from original reporting and building data visuals to story planning and social media outreach.
From Sept. 2011-Aug 2013, Emilie was StateImpact Idaho's multimedia journalist. That two year collaboration between Boise State Public Radio and NPR focused on in-depth reporting on Idaho's economy and state policy.
Emilie has earned local, regional and national awards for her work in radio, online, and television journalism. Her work has been heard on the BBC, CBC, National Native News, and on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her work has appeared in Reuters, The Idaho Statesman, and The Missoulian.
Emilie comes to Boise from Montana Public Radio where she was the Capitol Bureau Chief from 2008-2011. Emilie was a Senior Fellow with NPR's Economic Training Project from 2009 until 2010.She graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2007.
Congress has not reauthorized special assistance for rural communities this year. But to pay for extra programs like preschool, Basin School District doesn't have many other options.
Idaho is one of a few states where failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney can still be an effective campaigner. Romney has been stumping there for Gov. Butch Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson. Both are facing May primary challenges from Tea Party candidates.
Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. That law created a nationwide minimum wage which is now $7.25 an hour. Democrats are pushing to raise the wage, but Republicans say higher pay would hurt job creation. Idaho has been losing higher paying manufacturing jobs but gaining low-paying service jobs.
A sewing group makes soft necessities such as quilts and pillowcases to help abused women and children start new lives.
Kathy Plaisance oversees Community Cakes, a group of 50 volunteer bakers who deliver homemade birthday cakes to people who might otherwise not have one.